I am a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. I have been a dog lover all of my life and trained my first dog when I was only 12 years old. After over 20 years in corporate America in the software industry, I felt like I needed to break free from the corporate life. I decided to devote myself to training canines and educating owners on how to create a positive relationship with their pets.
I completed an intensive six months hands-on training program to solidify my dog training knowledge. I graduated from K9 Solutions Academy in 2009 where I participated in kennel operations, private in-home consults, and taught group classes. I also volunteered at Saving Grace Rescue for two years where I saw the stress that rescued dogs are under and worked to help them acclimate to their new environment. I have a unique approach that I have developed through years of personal experience and research. I will teach you how important your body language can be to get your dog to comply and understand your commands. I will also make sure you have a chance to apply what you are learning throughout the process whether you attend group, semi-private or private sessions.
Following my passion as a second career is truly a blessing. I am excited to meet you and your dog for my next training session.
Casco is a lab/hound mix with a white blaze and white boots on his black body. He is a handsome boy born in May of 2014. Casco has more personality than any dog I have ever known. Always ready for any game and very nosey and mischievous. These character traits can get him into trouble on occasion!
He keeps his younger brother – Barley – in line and likes to roughhouse in the yard.
This absolutely adorable puppy is the newest addition at the Thornton household.
Barley is 5 months old and an Australian labradoodle from Lake Blue Australian Labradoodles here in Raleigh. He is perfect (but don’t tell Casco). I am trying hard not to spoil him. He loves running in the yard with his brother and watching me cook with his attentive puppy eyes.