It has been nearly 10 years since I started my career working with animals. Since then, I have had the privilege to work for and manage numerous Boarding & Daycare facilities, work as a veterinary Assistant/Technician in several animal clinics, and manage two different animal shelters.
That being said, I cannot imagine a life without animals. I have fostered so many animals that I have nearly lost count, always taking on the worst behavioral and medical cases. Out of those fosters comes my 6 dogs and 4 cats who I love to pieces. Working in shelters has helped me to realize my true passion – helping the dogs that everyone says are un-fixable. That is what I love most about Sit Means Sit– we train the un-trainable. The dogs that veterinarians, trainers, and other families have given up on.
I started my journey with Sit Means Sit as a client back in 2011. I worked for a veterinary clinic at the time and Sit Means Sit came to do a lunch and learn to tell us all about their program. Needless to say, I was absolutely blown away. I was having a particularly hard time with my Husky/Beagle mix, Sophia. She was very dominant and would bite any dog that would cross her path. Sit Means Sit helped Sophia, along with my other dogs, learn to ignore distractions and how to safely be off the leash anywhere.
I never thought in a million years that I could have a Husky/Beagle off of the leash. Fast forward several years, I had the opportunity to join the Sit Means Sit team, first as the Boarding Manager, then as a trainer at our Cleveland-Akron location in Ohio. Now as a trainer here in Tampa, I absolutely love meeting new families and their pups and becoming part of their families. I am proud to be a part of training puppies and watching them develop into balanced and obedient dogs, as well as helping the rowdy dogs gain self-control, and building confidence in the shy and more timid dogs. Here at Sit Means Sit Tampa, we aren’t just changing dogs’ lives, we’re changing families too!