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Meet the Noble Beast Certified Trainers and Staff

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    Mindy Jarvis
    ABC-CPDT & CGC Evaluator – Owner/Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Ever since Mindy was a little girl competing in 4-H for Horsemanship and Dog Handling, it was evident to family and friends that she had a unique and special relationship with animals, especially with dogs. As a matter of fact, there was never a time when she did not have a dog in her life. Mindy took her first obedience class with her Newfoundland Tina when she was 7 years old, and throughout life, she continued to train all her dogs, not because she felt it was necessary (as necessary as it is), but because she loved connecting with her dogs. Mindy has continually educated herself by reading books and attending seminars held by renowned national trainers such as Brenda Aloff, Jean Donaldson, and Patricia McConnell. She started training dogs for friends and family by word of mouth, for folks as a part-time job or hobby. While doing dog training part-time, she was also the CEO of a mortgage lending company. In her 12+ year mortgage career, she found that she also had a gift for working with people. Mindy prides herself on the fact that she is able to relate to all sorts of people, regardless of their different backgrounds and personalities. After a debilitating intestinal disease causing her to be unable to work for over seven months she and her husband simply could not afford to keep their home and lost everything. It was at that time that she looked in the mirror and decided that she had to do something that was good for her soul. That something was working with dogs. She immediately enrolled in Animal Behavior College, graduated with honors, and became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer! By founding Noble Beast Dog Training, Mindy combined her dog training knowledge and experience with her people skills to start a company that would improve the human/pet relationship. She aims to professionally develop and offer continuing education for her trainers, understanding that they are the key to helping as many people as possible. Her trainers utilize Positive Reinforcement techniques to help ensure her clients have successful relationships with their pups, facilitating forever homes for our beloved friends! Mindy and her experienced staff of star trainers welcome you to join the Noble Beast Family in making a difference in both you and your dog’s lives!

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    Calisse Adams
    Training Manager / Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant – CPDT/ABC

    Calisse discovered her passion for training when she was only 12 years old while working with her mother’s parrot club. Every year the club received many unwanted parrots, but with the commitment and help from Calisse and others in the club, all of the unwanted, aggressive, and ill parrots regained their status as happy loving pets and are now thriving in wonderful homes. Through her experience training parrots, she began using clicker training and positive reinforcement training to help her grandparents train their show dogs, as well as introduce a few to agility. In 2009 Calisse graduated from Animal Behavior College with a certification in dog training. Shortly after earning her first certification, she decided to move away from home in search of more in-depth training experiences. When she arrived in Colorado her first stop was at Petco where she earned three more certifications; one in dog training, one in nutrition, and one in grooming. With a desire to become more than a simple pet store dog trainer, she joined the Noble Beast Dog Training Team where she could gain experience in multi-dog training and social skills, as well as continue with group and private training without corporate restrictions on public education. In addition to having great experience in working with and teaching the general public how to train not only their dogs but really any pet they have, she is also a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College teaching up and coming trainers how to be trainers! Calisse’s passion for continuing her own education and teaching the public about pet training, pet care, and pet behavior is unbridled and continues to grow every day. In her free time, she runs an exotic pet rescue and does educational shows featuring the pets that she rescues. When she is not working with animals Calisse is putting her fine arts degree to use in creating pet portraits and still life paintings. Noble Beast is honored to have Calisse as a Noble Beast Dog Trainer!

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    Pam DeSantis
    CCDT/CCMT – Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant / Group Class & Pvt Training Admin Mentor Training Manager

    Pam is a Colorado native who has always loved being around dogs. Her dad would always tell her, “You sure have a way with dogs!” Even though Pam’s life path did not lead her immediately into the dog world, she stayed continuously active doing volunteer work at the local humane society, helping dogs in shelters for many, many years. In 2008 she obtained a certificate in canine massage therapy, where she was able to further help the dogs in shelters, but it just was not enough for her. Shortly after that Pam decided that she needed to find a career that not only involved working with dogs on a level that would allow her to incorporate her love and natural connection with dogs, but also put her skills to work to help owners have the best relationships they could with their pups as well. She enrolled in and graduated with honors from the Animal Behavior College as a certified dog trainer, then was fortunate enough to find Noble Beast Dog Training! Pam currently has two dogs of her own – both rescues. A Newfoundland/Golden Retriever mix named Jamie and a Cattle Dog mix named Emma, who helped her get certified as a dog trainer by assisting her in the externship portion of the college course.

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    Elly Beyer
    ABC-CPDT/ Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant / Group Class & Pvt Training Mentor Training Manager

    Growing up in a small town in Iowa, Elly was surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes. This is where she found her love for working with animals. Working on the farm with, horses, dogs, chickens, ducks, cats, snakes, rats, spiders; you name it! When she was 20, she started to investigate working with dogs as a career by working in doggy daycare. Here she learned how to work with social and play behavior in dogs. Studying and understanding group dynamics. Shortly after starting work there, she began Animal Behavior College, deciding that dog training was the right career choice! Through the years, she worked at 3 different doggy daycare’s (moving around the state and country), she also started her own small-time dog training company. After some time in that practice, she found Noble Beast!

    Joining the Noble Beast team, Elly expanded has expanded knowledge by attending seminars with some of the top science-based behaviorists, ethologists, and canine cognition experts in the country; Clive Wynne, Michael Shikashio, Pat Blocker, Sarah Stremming, Patricia McConnell, Suzanne Clothier. She plans on attending many more to continue to stay up to date on the best science-based training. In her time with Noble Beast, she has spent a considerable amount of learning how to communicate with anxious, aggressive, and fearful dogs. As well as working on basic to advanced obedience! Understanding that foundation skills are key to helping set up any dog and person for success. She has found a deep love for the sensitive pups and devotes her time to helping the people and their pups gain confidence in dog handling and the world around them.

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    Bex Smith
    Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant / Prickly Pooch & Wonderful Walker/W&T Mentor Trainer

    To Bex, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to communicate with your dog. Communication is the key to any healthy relationship and her main goal is to help people develop strong, lasting relationships with their furry companions. Bex started on the path towards dog training when she got a puppy while living in New York City. In the big city, she saw so many untrained dogs and struggling owners. She was determined to learn everything she could so she could turn her puppy into a well-adjusted dog. Bex immediately started to educate herself by reading as many books and attending seminars by well-respected dog experts like Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Kathy Sdao, and Pat Miller. Bex started her doggie career as a dog walker for high-end clients in lower Manhattan. Walking around the city taught her a lot about urban dog culture, and it was there that she decided to focus on training. In March 2011 Bex and her husband moved to Denver in order to enjoy the fantastic dog culture and for Bex to pursue a career in dog training. She worked at a small grooming shop where she managed the retail side, assisted the groomers, and organized several adoption events. She then moved on to a big box dog supply store where she became a Certified Trainer teaching basic manners & obedience classes, as well as advising customers about a multitude of dog training products. At the same time, Bex joined the Colorado Dog Trainers Network where she learned of a great opportunity to work with Mindy Jarvis. There she accepted the position of Day Trainer, a training position where she helps dogs not only learn obedience in a group environment, but also teach them how to respect boundaries, and mind their manners with other dogs and people. She has worked with multiple dogs to improve their overall obedience and learn effective social skills. In addition, she also taught puppy socialization classes and Good Behavior & Manners classes. She absolutely loves seeing the joy on owners’ faces when they see their dogs learning and problem-solving. The one thing Bex wants all dog owners to know is that training should be FUN! If it’s not fun, you’re doing something wrong! 🙂

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    Dana Brown
    Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant / Building Manager

    My love for dogs goes back as far as I can remember and I was fortunate enough to have parents that enjoyed having dogs around as well. The first dog in our family was a black German Shepherd named Dude who was an amazing boy and my best friend! Soon after, we adopted a dog named Bruno. A black lab mix pup who lacked training. He was quite challenging for my parents as they worked a lot and did not have time to work with Bruno, but Bruno and I got along great! After Bruno’s passing, we did adopt an adorable Afghan hound/chow mix – but had to find her another home as I was busy with high school and my mom and dad were working long hours – so we could not give this pup the home she needed. At that point, given our love for animals, Mom was ready for nothing but cats, however, my love for dogs carried on and led me to a dog training career. I became extremely interested in dog behavior and how to help them through common behavioral challenges, further helping them to connect with their owners as we all know that dogs can and are extra special companions for us. I had a keen understanding of their body language and how they actually communicate, so I found it rewarding to work with them to help improve some of the behaviors that were causing them problems in their human family unit so that all involved were happy! Prior to Noble Beast Dog Training, I completed my dog training education and became a Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant, training hundreds of dogs. I am excited to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training team and have to say, I am constantly learning new and improved training methods through this organization so that I can continue to make dogs and their families happy.

    Noble Beast Trainers and Daycare Providers care very much about our k-9’s and that is something that attracted me to them. They truly want to do whatever it takes to help dogs and their owners succeed. What I love most is listening to and being a part of the brainstorming to figure out ways to help dogs be the best they can be, as well as the team being genuinely concerned about team members as well. I am happy and grateful to be a part of Noble Beast Dog Training.

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    Yukari Bianchi
    Certified Dog AND CAT Trainer & Behavior Consultant & Director of Cat Training

    Im originally from Osaka, Japan. While in Japan, I worked as a vet tech assistant in a local vet hospital for a year and a half. After I moved to Denver, Colorado from Japan, I started volunteering at a local animal shelter as a kennel tech assistant. I also became a foster parent at the same time, caring for animals that need more individual attention. Then, I started working as an assistant in the foster department. There I cared for animals with a wide range of needs; physically, mentally, emotionally scarred, and broken animals. The experiences I got from it gave me more confidence and knowledge about animals; especially puppy/kitten development, common illnesses, and minor behavior issues. I had a tremendous amount of hands-on training while I was there.

    Since 2004, Ive become a student of Muay-Thai (Thai Kickboxing). Ive learned the importance of encouragement, motivation, inspiration, teamwork, and having fun while working hard! After the shelter experience and continuing Muay Thai practice, I re-directed my energies to animal training; utilizing positive reinforcement methods and combining my unique experiences, I’ve been able to help many people with “challenged” furry kids. Now I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful team at Noble Beast Dog Training! I look forward to meeting everyone and helping more feline families along with canine families!

    In addition to my passion and love of animals and Muay-Thai, I enjoy cooking with my wonderful chef (aka. Husband), crafting, singing, and traveling.

    We had 2 very different types of dogs previously. We lost Midori (Cattle dog mix) at age 14 in 2017. She was the best couch potato dog and my toe warmer, after she became a canine citizen. Sakura (Shepherd mix) on the other hand, was not a social butterfly like Midori, but smart and loved learning new things. Sakura and I competed and won second place at World Canine Freestyle Organization in 2014. She passed away at the age of 13, on June 3 of this year, 2020. Now we only have a cat, but we call her “Dragon cat”. Oryo may be a 12-year-old long hair senior cat, but her personality is bigger than a dog! She rules the house and teaching me so many feline wisdoms.

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    Harrie Kukowski
    ABC-CPDT/Training Manager/Day Trainer/Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Harrie discovered her passion for training, and the means to gain a better understanding of her four-footed friends, after enrolling her newly adopted dog Torrey in training. She decided to pursue that passion and enrolled in Animal Behavior College to study both canine training and general veterinary care, earning certifications in both. Harrie did her externship with Noble Beast under the mentorship of Mindy Jarvis, while volunteering at a local shelter. Harrie also began honing her basic training skills in a big box pet supply store but found that what she really loved was learning about and working with different behaviors. After completing her externship, she continued working with Mindy in her Day Training program, providing individual and group training for dogs who were often socially challenged and for parents who wanted more personalized training. She successfully taught private and group classes as well. After earning her certification as a Victoria Stilwell Positive Trainer, she began teaching and further honing her skills with Mindy doing private lessons, classes, as well as Day Training. Harrie is passionate about teaching and helping others understand the benefits of positive training methods in building a relationship with their canine companions. She is proud to be a member of the Noble Beast family and continuing to work in the field she loves. Harrie is a member of the Colorado Dog Trainer Network and the Animal Behavior College Alumni, and will soon become a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She currently lives in Denver with her two rescue girls -Torrey, her 4 ½ yr. Lab/Blue Heeler mix and Sara, her 5 ½ yr. Border Collie mix.

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    Monica Jacques
    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Monica’s life has gone to the dogs! Born and raised in Denver, CO she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Molecular Biology and Spanish Language & Literature with every intention of someday becoming a doctor. After realizing that even the most carefully thought out plans have a way of falling apart without warning, Monica shifted gears and began a successful career in Information Technology. She welcomed a highly reactive Papillion / Poodle puppy into her life in 2012 and after being told to use a prong collar on her 8-pound puppy she took matters into her own hands and started educating herself on all things related to positive reinforcement training. What started as a desire to help her own dog has grown into a passion for force-free, science-based training, and behavior modification.

    Whether you think of your dog as a faithful companion or a kindred spirit one thing is for certain – dogs are a constant source of love, affection, laughter, and entertainment. It’s because of this that Monica believes in building a relationship with your pup that is based on mutual respect and trust. She understands what it is like to have a problem pet (or two or three!) and feels that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to help misunderstood pets and their frustrated human companions. Her goal is to provide pet parents with the necessary tools and education to manage behavior so that they can care for, appreciate and enjoy time with their 4-legged, faithful friends in the most stress-free way possible!

    Monica shares her home with her 3 reactive dogs: Rainbow (pappy-poo), Wednesday (Pomeranian), and Metallica (Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix). In her spare time, you can find her chasing imaginary monsters in the backyard bushes with her 3 dogs.

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    Lynn Maedel
    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Lynn has loved dogs from the time she was a small child, in fact, she loves pretty much all animals!  Lynn remembers the D book within the set of encyclopedias her family had, automatically fell open to the pictures of all the dogs when taken from the bookshelf.  She has owned and successfully trained 2 dogs and 2 horses, and reflects on these experiences as having enriched her life tremendously.  After 40 years working in the field of medical laboratory science and retiring from teaching hematology, the study of blood cells, and diseases of the blood, Lynn decided to follow her heart and a lifelong passion for working with dogs.  Training dogs and their owners seemed like the right path to pursue since most of her career involved teaching.  Lynn is starting with simple basic obedience and manners training as she feels she has much to learn about behavior training through positive reinforcement methods, but is extremely excited about her opportunity with Noble Beast Dog Training and fully knows this second career will fulfill many of her dreams and allow her to contribute to society in wonderful ways.  Watching dogs and their human parents open up the doors of communication, allowing them to learn and create that special bond of trust, respect, and love is something that simply makes her own heart flutter!

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    Mary Blanton
    Obedience Trainer / Behavior Consultant / CGC Evaluator

    Professional dog trainer, Mary Blanton, is a certified Canine Good Citizen

    Evaluator, and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, as well as the Pet Professional Guild. She regularly attends workshops, seminars, and conferences, keeping her abreast of the latest research on canine behavior.  She uses her many years of dog training education and experience to help dogs and their owners better understand each other and thus live more fully together.  Mary has been working with dogs professionally for over 20 years as a dog trainer and has been a volunteer dog trainer at the Denver Dumb Friends League, where she used clicker training (marker) to teach people to get their new dog adoptions off to a great start.  Mary has two dogs of her own. Max is a beautiful Standard Poodle whom she does Freestyle Dance, and Dock Diving with.  Smokey is her rescued MinPin Dachshund mix pup, who weighs all of 10 lbs. and loves to cuddle and play fetch.  Mary thoroughly enjoys working with dogs, big or small.

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    Cierra Kirk
    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Animals of all varieties have fascinated Cierra from an early age – from goldfish to reptiles, hermit crabs to chinchillas, dogs, and cats to horses and goats. Cierra is a Colorado native who has a deep passion for animals of all kinds! From volunteering at animal shelters to periodically fostering dogs with her Aunt, Cierra found her passion for helping dogs.

    Cierra continued down the canine path by working at a doggy daycare for a few years, but realized she wanted more one on one time with the dogs and the ability to help their humans better understand them, at which point she pursued a career in dog training and is so honored to be a part of the amazing Noble Beast Dog Training team.

    Cierra comes home each day to her 145 pound St. Pyrenees mix named Guinness! He is her absolute best friend, if he wasn’t so huge, she would take him everywhere with her! They partake in activities such as hiking, running, and taking frequent trips to the dog park.

    Cierra strongly believes in the importance of training your dog and educating yourself so that the process of raising your dog will be fun and rewarding! Building a connection with your dog is one of the most amazing experiences you will have! Cierra is so excited and eager to move forward with her career in training dogs! She goes by a specific quote that she carries everywhere with her, “animals are here with us, not for us”.

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    Keecia Reid
    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Keecia has loved all animals since birth and has had animals in her life since she can remember.  Keecia has had a few diverse careers, from cosmetology to production supervisor for a major snack food corporation, but after receiving a life-changing diagnosis, Keecia felt that life is too short to not spend every day doing what you love – which for Keecia is training dogs!  She is highly passionate about dog training, dog behavior, and coaching pet parents on the training their dogs and how to better communicate and understand their furry best friends, as well as how to incorporate what they have learned into their everyday lives ensuring a lifelong bond. 

    Keecia is a fierce Pitbull and Bully Breed advocate and has filled her life and home with bully breeds for over 20 years.  Keecia currently shares her home with Azi (blue and white pitty) who is 2 years old and Diesel who is an 8-month-old American Bully who is a typical teenage boy of course.  Keecia also rescues any and all dogs and once a miniature horse she found running down the street. 

    When Keecia is not dog training, she enjoys volunteering at one of the local animal shelters and has also started hospice pet sitting for owners that have a pet with a serious diagnosis, but still have to go to work.  While they are at work Keecia visits their furry best friend and feeds, administers medications, or just hangs out and keeps these sweet and needy pets company. 

    Keecia is excited to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training Team and can’t wait to work with our amazing clientele!

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    Tyler Parsons
    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    My name is Tyler Parsons. I am a recent transplant to Colorado from Kansas and have lived in the area for almost 2 years. While growing up, I lived in a house with four German Shepherd dogs which I helped to train as cadaver dogs. Currently, I live with my wife and two dogs, a lab/shepherd mix named Karma and a miniature schnauzer named Stasia. While in Kansas, I was the lead trainer for the Kansas Humane Society where I would lead classes such as puppy and basic manners. During my time I also assisted with reactive dog classes and was a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. After working for the Kansas Humane Society, I was the owner and lead trainer of Outside the Box Pet Solutions. I provided services such as private consultations and worked to find unique solutions for individuals who live with disabilities to be able to build bonds with their pets. Since moving to Colorado, I have worked as an adoption counselor at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and have also volunteered with their behavior team. I look forward to working with your whole family to help bridge the gap between family and pets.

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    Kat Salcedo
    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Kat has had a strong passion for dogs since she was a little girl.  Before she could read, all she wanted was books with pictures of dogs; her parents eventually bought her a breed encyclopedia.  To this day, Kat wants to talk all about dogs all of the time, driving friends and loved ones a bit nuts with it all, but she has owned dogs her entire life and has worked really hard training them all.  She just never thought it was viable as a career.

    Her love of dogs was reinforced on a whole new level when she adopted a stray from rural TX with severe anxiety and named him Kyle. She studied all she could by herself to help her new four-legged family member. With the help of books, podcasts, videos, and her own passion, she helped build up Kyle’s confidence and now he’s a wonderful little member of society. He loves meeting new people and hiking in unfamiliar places with her.

    After visiting Denver, she loved how dog-forward (not just dog-friendly) Denver is and fell in love with the mountains! She decided to leave her corporate job in NYC and pursue her dreams of working with dogs. She started dog handling and dog walking and has been able to hone in her instincts at understanding dog body language and behavior. Kat’s mission is to not only help dogs cope with their new environments but to teach dog owners how to communicate with their friend and is so excited to be a part of such an amazing dog training team!

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    Sara Margulies
    KPA-CPDT – Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Sara first found her love for training and behavior in her childhood dog. Cody, a rescued German shepherd-border collie mix, was completely shut down, poorly socialized, and very likely abused in his prior home. He was found as a stray and had no trust of people at all. Sara delighted in taking the time to earn Cody’s trust and teaching him how to reintegrate into human society. This turned into a college carrier, studying Animal and Equine health and behavior. After working with horses for a few years, Sara decided to return to the canine world. She first joined a doggie daycare service up in Fort Collins and learned about group behavior for 2 years as a daycare attendant. She decided the next step was to learn about training and joined Karen Pryor Academy. She loves staying up to date on the science of dog training and takes joy in teaching people that training is simply learning to better communicate and live in harmony with our furry family members. She now has three wonderful dogs Rei (below), Peeko, and Turtle, and is excited to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training Team!

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    Lydia Rakov
    Dog Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Lydia Rakov has been involved in the Animal Welfare field for over ten years. She has worked with dogs in several shelters around the US including several in New Jersey, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Lydia has been focusing on dog behavior for the past five years and has been lucky enough to work with a large variety of dogs from an array of situations, such as emergency evacuations, hoarding conditions and cases of neglect or fighting rings. She has also been fortunate to work with dogs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and South Korea. Lydia loves teaching both dogs and humans and believes that learning should be enjoyable and informative for both parties. She is a firm believer in dog individuality and force-free fear-free training.  Lydia is excited about moving to Colorado, and is looking forward to making many more four-legged friends!

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    Amanda Sanchez
    Dog Trainer / Behavior Consultant / Certified Dog Guru / CPR/1st Aid

    I grew up on Long Island with my parents and 3 brothers. In 2001, we moved to rural Pennsylvania where my love for animals blossomed. I started out having family pets (a few dogs and cats) and soon began rehoming the neighborhood stray cats.

    I’ve always have had a huge passion for learning about human and animal medicine, but my love of animals took the lead. After graduating high school, I traveled around the East Coast looking for my calling. I enrolled in an accredited school and graduated in March 2013 with my Vet Assistant degree. Not long after, I moved to Colorado and began my journey in the animal care industry.

    Despite my deep passion and love for animals, I just couldn’t work in an animal hospital or shelter environment – as the work is simply too heartbreaking, at which point I turned to a career in doggie daycares where I could not only help the dogs be the happiest they could be while in group play with me, but also really assist with the education and problem solving of dog behaviors in this capacity with their owners.

    I’ve worked in 2 previous dog daycares over the past 4 years and decided to learn more about the behavioral aspect of working with dogs. I have a huge love for constant learning and continue to do so every day. I’m currently working on my second degree, it is for Dog Obedience and Training.

    I’m looking forward to the growth of my knowledge and love for dogs. I’m absolutely ecstatic and honored to be working with Noble Beast and feel that I was meant to be part of this company.

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    Kasey Dugan
    Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

    Animals have always been a huge part of my life! Lucky for me, my mom also has a big heart when it comes to rescuing animals. Together we have rescued a variety of animals, from dogs and cats to a few snakes, a couple of lizards, and a lot of birds!

    I was also fortunate to grow up with horses since my mom is equally horse crazy! I spent a lot of my youth and teenage years with riding coaches who used force and dominance to get these amazing creatures to behave and cooperate. I knew there was a different and better way, left this type of interaction with horses, and formed a relationship built on mutual trust, respect, and understanding with a Thoroughbred mare, Gracie. Gracie and I did many wonderful things together before Gracie’s retirement, including riding bareback and with a bit-less bridle. I used to teach horseback riding lessons and train rescue horses before shifting my focus to dog training and behavior. I love to help others realize the importance of recognizing animals as fellow, sentient beings, and growing and nurturing relationships based on trust, respect, patience, and love.

    My love of interacting specifically with dogs started when I was a teenager and had a very unique dog enter my life; a Border Collie/Giant Schnauzer mix who I named Piper. I was tasked with raising a puppy that was not only wicked smart and obsessive but also fiercely protective. I had to be creative and think outside of the box when it came to training this amazing and often perplexing little creature. There really wasn’t anything that Piper couldn’t learn or do (some of her favorites were crawling and turning the lights on and off) which lead Piper and me on the quest of Piper becoming a Canine Good Citizen. Piper and I had plans to work towards therapy dog certification, but she, unfortunately, went into kidney failure and I was forced to say goodbye to her after only 8 years together.

    Before training horses and dogs, I spent some time post-college in the field of working with individuals with special needs and disabilities. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing service and therapy dogs and this sparked even more of an interest in dog behavior and training.

    I really enjoy helping to bridge the communication gap between humans and canines and to help each part of the relationship be successful independently, so they can grow and be successful together. I realized that my philosophy with training and interacting with horses directly translates to working with dogs as well. Anything can be accomplished with understanding, respect, love, and patience. I also love teaching tricks and mentally stimulating and challenging dogs and helping them to realize that learning and training are fun!

    When not working with dogs, you can find me hanging out with horses, ‘nerding’ out on animal behavior, reading, going on adventures with my husband and dog Tucker (a super fluffy German Shepherd mix), traveling, or snuggling with my cat, Butters.

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    Lyndsay Krausa
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    Lyndsay has had a love for animals going back as long as she could remember.  There has never been a time in her life that she has not had at least one dog!  Her love of dogs started with her first dog, Beebee, who was enamored with her since day one! Beebee was sort of like a dog mother to her – she was always there to make sure Lyndsay was okay, and even tolerated her pulling her tail and trying to ride her (to be fair, Lyndsay was a toddler when she would do this).  Since then, she has owned dogs all over the board, from playful puppies to crazy, hyperactive labs, to reactive and fearful dogs. She now owns a sassy chihuahua mix named Stella.

    Along with owning a myriad of dogs, Lyndsay has also worked extensively as a dog walker and sitter and has experience working with dogs of all temperaments. She believes very firmly in positive reinforcement training, and her favorite thing about dog training is the bonding experience it creates between dog and owner. She is very excited to help you connect with your furry friend!

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    Bruce Lambert
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    I am a Colorado native and a graduate of the Metropolitan State University of Denver. After spending six years working in the sports industry for the Colorado Rockies and Denver Nuggets, I shifted gears and decided to explore other opportunities when I found a passion in the pet care industry.

    Dogs have always been a huge part of my life going back to my first best friend, Sappy. Sappy showed me how smart, adventurous, loyal, and perfect these creatures are. Eventually, our pack grew and there were never less than three pets in my childhood home. To me, nothing is more rewarding than building a trusting relationship with any animal, but especially dogs. I’ve always wanted to return the love they’ve shown me and found a wonderful opportunity to do so at a dog daycare and boarding facility. I spent five years growing to a management position working with both dogs and their owners. During that time, I was educated on K9 CPR, basic grooming, dog body language, and positive reinforcement techniques. I currently live in Denver with my Australian Shepherd, Jeter, and am very excited to be able to help the Noble Beast Clients and their pups going forth!

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    Seth Manzano
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    Greeting! I’ve always believed that you have to love your work and I LOVE dogs!  I love to provide care, affection, protection, and most of all butt scratches and belly rubs to all pups! I have had and been around dogs my entire life and am currently working on getting my Vet Assistance Certificate, which I hope then to add Vet Tech at a future date!  Currently, my focus is joining the amazing Noble Beast Dog Training Team where I can do what I love, but also add to my existing knowledge and soak in as much education and learning from the trainers about dog training and behavior!  When I’m not at work, I enjoy hiking, bicycling, walking, and frolicking in the snow.  More activities that relate to indoors include cooking, creating both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mixed drinks (or cocktails if you will), as well as playing challenging video games.  I am so excited to be able to spend my days with your pups!

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    Caleb Lowdermilk
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    Caleb loves animals and has been working with dogs for half a decade at this point. He loves seeing dogs out in the best environment and given the tools they need to succeed. He believes forming a strong bond is key in helping people understand their animals. He grew up with half a dozen dogs and learned how to understand dogs at a young age. Caleb started working closely with dogs about 6 years ago and has enjoyed it every step of the way. He’s empathetic with animals and tries to be patient at all times. Caleb has seen many different types of dogs and personalities. He believes that learning to understand what a dog is trying to tell you helps the bond and the training process. 

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    Amber Schwartz
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    I’ve always had a passion for learning about and working with animals. I have a large family of fish, reptiles, bunnies, birds, ferrets, cats, and dogs. My pets are my family and I’m always looking for ways to improve my communication and bond with them. I started training my German Shepherd and Pitt Bull agility training when I was ten. When I turned fourteen, I volunteered at a dog rescue to teach dogs basic commands to help them to be more adoptable. I was always amazed at what animals could do with the proper encouragement. After trying out some job shadowing with different jobs involving animals, I decided to become a dog trainer. I wanted to help teach people how to communicate with their dogs as well as deepen the bond between pets and their owners. To help hone my skills I became an ABC student and became an ABC certified dog trainer and am excited to be able to share my skills with the Noble Beast Clients!

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    Zack Kuck
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    Zack has always been an avid lover of all animals, with a special place in his heart for dogs.  As a Michigander turned Coloradan, Zack moved out in the summer of 2020 to begin his career training dogs for Noble Beast Dog Training.  In Michigan, he graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Behavioral Psychology, which is the fundamental psychology behind behavioral modification (AKA animal training).  Through his time at WMU, he gained experience using behavioral modification on a variety of different subjects, ranging from rats to humans, with a major emphasis on cats and dogs.  Towards the end of his college career, Zack helped teach the Applied Animal Behavior Practicum, which involved teaching animal training techniques to students at multiple different shelters in the area, focusing on increasing more adoptable behaviors (obedience, tricks/commands, etc.) while also decreasing undesired behaviors (jumping, barking, leash pulling, etc.).  In addition to these experiences, Zack also has experience using behavioral modification in a classroom setting working with mentally disabled children.  Zack is extremely humbled to have the opportunity to work under Noble Beast Dog Training, and looks forward to meeting you and your furry companion!

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    Ashley Haley
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    Ashley has been a dog lover since birth, spending her childhood with a Golden retriever and a Rough Collie. At a young age, the many breeds and variations of dogs fascinated her, encouraging her to watch dog shows and buy breed books. But it was her first dog as an adult that piqued her interest in training and canine behavior. Since then Ashley has trained in several dog sports including Agility, Nosework, and Trick Dog.  She loves finding new ways to play, bond, and grow as a team with her dogs. Over the past several years Ashley has been able to share that love with others as a Professional Dog Trainer. After completing an apprenticeship under a certified trainer, Ashley has trained many dogs and their humans through group classes, private classes, and board & train programs.  Her favorite part about training is helping humans and their dogs bond and watching that bond grow as the humans learn to understand and communicate with their dog

    Ashley is a recent transplant from Kentucky and shares her life with two dogs. Her crew includes two Mini Australian Shepherds: Blackjack and Link. Blackjack has titles in AKC Agility and both dogs have earned their Advanced Trick Dog Titles. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and trick training with her dogs. She also loves learning and is always working to learn more about canine training and behavior through workshops, webinars, podcasts, and books. She is very excited to be a part of the Noble Beast.

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    Rayne Davis
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

    Rayne has had a love of all animals since she was very young. Her passion for dog training started with her grandparents’ reactive Australian Shepherd when she was in elementary school. Being a dog trainer has been a dream of hers ever since. She has also been lucky enough to train and work with horses her whole life. Rayne moved from Michigan to Colorado in 2017 with her Boston Terrier, Owen in hopes of a fresh start. In 2018, she and her husband got a Corgi mix. She started her professional dog training career at PetSmart and learned so much in her time there. She is so excited to work at Noble Beast with so many amazing dogs.

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    Maretta Hamman
    Champagne Room Director of Dog Daycare

    I started my first doggy daycare job when I was 21, and from the moment I walked through the doors I knew I had found my purpose. I started reading and studying everything I could about dogs. On weekends when I had split shifts I would go to the library and read about dogs and other animals. This research sparked my interest in ecology and ethology, and I went to college to pursue a bachelor’s degree. I have a degree in research biology/ecology with a minor in psychology, to create an animal behavior degree. I put myself through college working as a barista and dog daycare guardian. This is where I got interested in training and how dogs and humans interact with each other, and how the interaction changed them. After I graduated I struggled with finding a way to turn my passion into a career, until I took a step back and started looking into myself, this is when I realized I wanted to work as a trainer helping dogs live their best life. I share my home with a cat named Lancelot, he is my best friend and most constant companion, though we are both looking forward to the day when we can add a dog to our little family!!

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    Elias Perez
    Assistant Manager of the Champagne Room Dog Daycare Activity Center

    My passion for dogs began my senior year of high school with my first occupation at a doggy daycare from my very first day I knew this was what I was meant to do. From an early age I was made aware that not all dogs are seen the same, my dog, a purebred Pit Bull wasn’t welcome where I was and at my age, I couldn’t understand why but I wanted to, I had to and so my passion for behavioral training began and so I educated myself in history and future of their breed and learned that it’s the owner, not the breed and that there was a serious need in our world for certified trainers to help strengthen the bonds between Man and his best friend no matter the breed. I felt an overwhelming obligation to fill that need and help as many dogs and owner relationships as possible in my time with Noble Beast Dog Training.

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    Eli Deluhery
    Dog Guardian

    For most of my life, I have had a passion and love for all animals. There has not been a point in my life where I have not had a pet. I have had dogs, cats, lizards, hamsters, and fish. I have loved everyone as though they were my child. Also having worked with dogs in many environments(i.e. shelters and other daycares) I have learned tons about how to care for dogs and cats of all temperaments. I also have my two current fur babies Aphrodite, a silverpoint Siamese cat, and Athena a Chihuahua mix who is in training to be my service pup. I am very excited to be working with Nobel Beast in their Champagne room daycare.’

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    David Hoffman
    Dog Guardian at the Champagne Room Dog Daycare Activity Center

    I grew up on Long Island under the roof of 2 dog-loving parents. It was only a matter of time before we added a furry family member! My teenage years were spent petting, walking, and keeping an eye on a gargantuan golden retriever named Roswell. Roswell was a friendly dog who meant well, but if you left your food out on the counter or the pantry door opened a crack….it was back to the grocery store. He was quickly forgiven every time, thanks to his bubbly personality and quirky antics; most memorably, he would howl whenever my mom was practicing singing opera. For all the food Roswell stole, his outgoing demeanor and loyalty to the family still strengthened my love of dogs; it just also made me realize the importance of training for our furry friends!

    I started volunteering at animal shelters after moving out and no longer having a dog of my own. My experience reinforced that love of dogs, and I realized I wanted to dedicate my life to improving theirs. It was so heartwarming to see the stray puppies get excited for a walk, a game of fetch, or some pets. I want every dog to live the same charmed life Roswell had, minus 98% of the food. That’s why I am excited to join the team at Noble Beast Dog Training, where everyone shares that same goal and passion for the dogs! Having a dog is a delightful experience for both humans and dogs, doubly so with great training and guidance!

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    Kristine Brancaccio
    Guardian – Champagne Room Dog Daycare Activity Center

    My love for dogs started at the age of 9 my parents brought home a black shepherd mix named Coko. This is where my responsibilities began taking care of my first pet and my love for dogs developed. After graduating high school I pursued my dog grooming certification. Within a short period of time, I found myself developing a following of clients with all different dog breeds. In addition to grooming I entered the field of dog kennel technician there, I was working for Canine Companions of Independence. And I became interested in the training of dogs. Having left New York recently and moved to Colorado I am so excited to be apart of Noble Beast!

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    Kayla Banacka
    Dog Guardian – Champagne Room Dog Daycare Activity Center

    Growing up, I’ve always heard from relatives and family friends how well I would get along with even the snarliest of dogs. From when I was 4 until about 6 I grew up with a potbellied pig, so I had to learn to not show fear or back down really, but sadly when we had to make a move Katie went to a petting zoo and we ended up just taking our Boston terrier Toby with us. Well over the years I had many of opportunity to see other dogs, For ten years, had neighbors that had Rotties and Saint Bernards, then around 8 my own mother and father decided to get into working with Greyhound Guardians which was a rescue group for retired Racers and upon getting our first greyhound from them, I knew I wanted to work with animals in some way when I got older. I did my first shelter volunteer job when I was 16, for two years in Arizona and really enjoyed my experience there. I ended up helping a dog named Rocky that didn’t trust anyone but me to hand feed him enough to get his strength up.  Rocky had been a neglect case that the elderly owners couldn’t care for.  Growing up around all sorts of dogs made me have a passion for dogs and other animals but dogs are my top goal in life!  I currently share my home with my brothers-in-law, my husband, a very spoiled elder cat named Keri Anne, and a dog that I am sure is an antelope trapped in a dog’s body…Senri Micheal.  I am beyond excited to join the Noble Beast Dog Training Team and contribute to the amazing work they do!

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    Curtis Heitzman
    Dog Guardian – Champagne Room Dog Daycare Activity Center

    I have been a dog lover all of my life, even though I have personally never owned a dog.  I grew up playing with all the dogs in the neighborhood. I was a hyperactive kid and dogs had a calming effect on me.  I eventually wound up on the wrong side of the law and found myself adapting to a totally different kind of life.  It was while I was trying to “Find myself” that I fell into a dog training program, and it literally changed my life.  I was amazed at watching a dog transform from an abandoned, unloved, abused broken animal into an obedient, fun-loving, loyal pet.  In seeing this transformation, I came to realize, “If I can dedicate time and commitment to changing a dog’s life, I can certainly change my own life”.  Finding Noble Beast was a blessing for me, and it has helped me to not only find a purpose but to further my 5 years of experience in dog training.  I am so blessed to be a part of this team!

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    Alison Grove
    General Assistant Manager

    Alison has always had a passion for animals. She originally discovered this during her time in Girl Scouts. Beginning at age nine, she had ambitions of becoming a veterinarian but decided that wasn’t the career for her. Instead, she decided to volunteer at a local humane society to work with the residents in need. After working with dogs at the shelter she concluded that obedience instruction was inherently significant in the adoptability of dogs needing a forever home. After graduating from college she decided to change careers from finance to obedience instruction in order to pursue a more fulfilling life. In 2015 she attended Animal Behavior College, and during her externship, she had the pleasure of working with Calisse Basada who introduced her to the Noble Beast family. Alison finds facilitating communication between dogs and their parents very beneficial and rewarding, and she currently lives in Broomfield with her boyfriend Adrian and their German Shepard, named Charlie. Alison plans on adding more dogs to her family when space allows, hopefully, an Irish wolfhound and a Doberman! But that is currently a little ambitious. Alison primarily encourages and enforces positive reinforcement to maintain a healthy relationship between dogs and their families.

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    Mackenzie Earls
    Client Relations Team Manager

    Mackenzie is a Chicago native but moved to Colorado because of the adventurous way of life. She loves animals of all kinds, but dogs have always held a special place in her heart. Her hobbies include reading, writing short stories and poetry, rollerblading, and playing with her dog. She lives in Denver with her boyfriend and her dog, Marina. She has worked in the restaurant industry for 5 years but recently chose a career helping other people and their dogs with Noble Beast. She is very excited to continue learning about dogs and people each and every day.

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    Lindsey Milner
    Client Relations Team Lead

    Hi! My name is Lindsey and I have been a dog owner for most of my life! I currently have 2 pups, Iris and Jasmine, who are full of personality! I moved here from Texas in 2014 and I absolutely LOVE Colorado life! I am excited to join the Noble Beast team so that I can help people and their pups learn to communicate and have a happy home life! In my free time, I like to paint and go out dancing. I am passionate when it comes to anything to do with animals and I look forward to helping you with your fur babies!

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    Kiley Pettit
    Client Relations Team

    Hello to all my humans and “woof woof” to all my fur friends! My name is Kiley and I was born in Kansas but moved to Colorado shortly after, where I was raised with many fur siblings. I have always loved dogs; at one point we even had more dogs than people in our household! I now live with my boyfriend Devin, our daughter Dahlia, and our two dogs that make our life complete, Tessie and Nina. I went from being a dog mom to a human mom in November 2019, and now have a beautiful baby girl who already loves playing with her sister Tessie. My whole professional career has revolved around customer service and helping people, so I’m VERY excited to be joining the Noble Beast Dog Training Client Relations team to assist you and your furry family as well!

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    Christina Highsmith
    Client Relations Team

    Christina was born and raised in California and decided to relocate to the beautiful state of Colorado in 2015. She loves everything Colorado has to offer, including the mountains and the sunshine. Dogs have always been an important part of her life. She has adopted two dogs, Jovie and Bo, since living in Colorado and enjoys spending time being active with them and ensuring they are happy and healthy. She is excited to join the Noble Beast team to help people and their dogs reach their training goals. In her free time, Christina loves to garden, play fetch with her dogs, read, run, and spend time with her boyfriend.

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    Brandy Simmons
    Group Day Training & Daycare Scheduling Manager

    Brandy is a Florida native but moved to Colorado in October of 2019 for the beautiful mountains and city life. She loves animals and grew up with many wonderful dogs in her life. Her hobbies include weightlifting, hiking, acting, reading, and playing with her dog. She lives with her boyfriend and two fur children, a cat (Maisie) and a dog (Beo). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Portland State University and looks forward to putting her communication and people skills to work in a position she is enthusiastic about. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to be a part of the Noble Beast team!

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    Ari Philip
    Group Day Training & Daycare Scheduling Assistant

    Arianna is a California native but relocated to Colorado because of its rugged, natural beauty.  She has a passion for nature and animals and lives with her husband, dog (Kahlua), and cat (Momo) in the Denver area. She loves helping others and is looking forward to building relationships with Noble Beast clients. While not working, she and her husband love hiking, camping, and reading.

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    Jamie Fesus
    Vaccine Manager

    Jamie is a Denver native who currently lives in Colorado Springs. She has a 4-year-old son, provides administrative support in the Air Force Reserve, and recently married a wonderful Hungarian who loves dogs as much as she does. They have a gentle Siberian Husky named Cody and a sweet Scotch Collie puppy named Kamilla. She loves dogs and loves helping people, and is excited to be a part of connecting people with services that can help them communicate with their dogs in a positive way. Outside work she loves hunting for the best local coffee and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her family.

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    Emmy Broce
    Vaccine Assistant

    Emmy has always had a passion for raising and training animals, or even just spending time in their company! She had cats, dogs, fish, frogs, lizards, parakeets, and even a small parrot named Winnie as pets, but she also attended several horseback riding camps as a kid. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Denver when she was nine years old. The Lawrence Hall of Science and Tilden Park in the Bay Area were her favorite places, but the Rocky Mountains hold a special place in her heart as well! She graduated with her BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a certificate in Event Management from the Metropolitan State University at Denver. She is always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge base through classes, workshops, books, podcasts, documentaries, and talking to her fellow dog trainer peers!

    She became interested in pursuing a career in dog training in 2016 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). With her diagnosis, she realized that she needed to find a job where she could be happy and thrive. She enrolled in the Animal-Human Health certificate program at DU, and not long after graduating, she enrolled in and graduated from the Master Class program at Catch! Canine Trainers Academy and joined the Colorado Dog Trainers Network. In 2017, she became a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). It was difficult to give the puppy back for puppy college (especially after spending a year and a half raising her) but seeing how much an assistance dog changes a person’s life is an amazing experience! She is currently raising her second puppy for CCI (her first puppy was matched as a hearing dog), and the puppy seems destined to do great things as well, even if it means being a professional couch potato/pet! Emmy is also on a waitlist to receive her own assistance dog through CCI!

    Emmy volunteered as a dog walker with the Dumb Friends League from 2010 to 2013, and in 2019 decided to go back and volunteer at the shelter again, splitting her time between dog walking and training. She finds it motivating to work with and help fearful and anxious dogs. Helping the dogs relax, overcome their fears, and learn new behaviors makes her heart happy! She even developed a bond with two particular dogs during her shifts and knew right away that they HAD to come home with her! She now lives with her two dogs Abbey (nine-year-old collie/border collie mix) and Peaches (1.5-year-old border collie/yellow Lab mix).

    Through good communication and positive reinforcement, she believes a lot can be accomplished to help better the lives of others, especially for those who have experienced trauma. Her goal in life is to use what she has learned from her schooling and other life experiences to help improve the lives of people and their animal friends/family! She looks forwards to working with the awesome team at Noble Beast and their human and canine clients!