Trainer Profile
APDT Member Since 2016

Plucky Paws, LLC

As a KPA-CTP and CPDT-KSA certified trainer and a CDBC and CBCC-KA certified behavior consultant, I provide private in-home services with specializations in behavior modification, adopted dogs, and family-friendly training. I am also a Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer, and a member of PPG and APDT. As a Certified Humane Education Specialist, I teach children about important topics like responsible pet ownership, dog bite prevention, and companion animal welfare. My rescue dog Marmalade holds CGC and CGCA titles, and earned therapy dog certification at the national and local levels. She visits a variety of community locations as the official Plucky Paws Therapy Dog.
Certifications: CBCC-KA,CDBC,CPDT-KSA
Designations: Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer, CHES, KPA-CTP
Training Equipment: I do not use punishing or aversive methods or equipment.
Training Philosophy: As a relationship-based trainer, my philosophy centers on strengthening and celebrating the bond between pet guardians and their dogs. I use only modern, progressive methods based in behavior science.
Locations Served: Plucky Paws service area includes the cities of Ames, Gilbert, Story City, Boone, Ankeny, Windsor Heights, and select areas of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, and Johnston. Locations outside this service area require a standard travel fee.
I am passionate about companion animal welfare, and I volunteer with adoptable dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Previously, I volunteered with the ARL's humane education department, TheraPets program, and PAWS program at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. I am a former assistant trainer for the Puppy Jake Foundation, and I've been a contributing writer for the Pet Professional Guild's BARKS magazine. I was chosen as a featured trainer for Karen Pryor Academy, and a featured trainer for the Pet Professional Guild.
Services Offered
Behavioral Consultation
CGC Training
Clicker Training
Fun Games
In-Home Training
Private Lessons
Private Training