Experienced Dog Trainer
& Founder of Bark & Biscuit
Hi! I am founder and owner of Bark & Biscuit, Inc. All my life I have had a love for animals, but dogs have always held a special place in my heart. Many years ago, I had a dog, Zuke who had some serious behavioral issues, including pretty bad aggression towards most things that moved. I sought out trainer after trainer, paying incredible amounts of money for very little help and support. So I know first hand what it's like to feel frustrated and hopeless. I'm here to tell you there is hope! I started B&B with the goal of giving the support so widely sought but so rarely found when working with a dog trainer. I wanted to build a business that would give owners the help they ACTUALLY need.
With over 12 years of professional dog training experience, my goal is to help owners have better relationships with their dogs, thus keeping more dogs from being surrendered and providing the best possible service to my clients. I attend seminars and workshops every chance I get to become more knowledgeable and stay up-to-date on the latest tools and techniques. I have had the honor of learning from some of the best trainers in the world; Marc Goldberg, Kacey Cover, Heather Beck, and more.
With over 35 years of pet ownership under my belt, I understand the importance of being able to find someone you can really trust and rely on to take care of your dog. After all, they are part of your family! I know that for my clients there is a need for something different than the traditional dog care available around every corner. I have spent years searching for and training the best team and am happy to share with you the product of that expertise, Bark & Biscuit!
When I was a kid, our family adopted a dog named Freckles, a chocolate lab/dalmation mix. We loved Freckles, but we quickly realized that she had some behavioral issues that we did not have the tools to fix. She exhibited aggressive behaviors, sometimes it was even a little scary for me to try to get on my own bed if she was there. I spent most of my childhood around dogs and other animals, but this time, it was different. I grew up wondering exactly what went wrong in her life, and I always wanted to learn how to fix it. Years later I was laid off from my professional office job. I suddenly had a lot of free time to decide what I wanted out of life. My mind always wandered back to Freckles, wondering if I could develop the skills to help dog like her and their owners have a better life. I began reading and watching everything about dogs I could get my hands on and listening to every podcast my google searches rendered. I studied and developed my own ideas about dog training, then flew out to Los Angeles to shadow Tanya Yarborough and attend her Pack Leadership seminar. After that I began to work with dogs independently but I was still seeking a mentor and a job with a company that shared my ideology. In 2016, I interviewed with Ashley at Bark & Biscuit and I was immediately impressed with the care and ideas she had about her clients and their pets. Since starting at B&B, I have had the opportunity to run hundreds of off leash hikes, train numerous clients and their dogs and learn from some of the greatest trainers in the world. I am always focused on expanding my knowledge as a trainer. I aspire to be the best trainer that I can and to build life long relationships with our clients and their dogs. I know each animal is different, and I’ll work with yours to give them guidance that is tailored to their needs.
Growing up, I was the weird kid that wanted to be a dog and chose to hang out with my dog as a kid instead of playing with other kids. I am a grown up now, and nothing has changed. I have been in the professional dog field for 7 years now and it is the most awarding job I have ever experienced.
In my early 20’s I began watching dogs overnight and running daycare groups at my home in Santa Cruz, CA. I learned so much by caring for dogs 24/7 with no days off and loved every minute of it! It helped me realize my purpose in life is to help dogs be the best and happiest that they can be. From providing structure and guidance or just play and love-they deserve the best treatment in this world.
California got a little too expensive for me so I moved to an apartment in Salt Lake and knew I had to continue learning and working with dogs. After a year at a boarding resort here, I found Bark & Biscuit. Because of my skills and knowledge I quickly moved up to general manager. Dog owners are my favorite kind of people and getting to connect and help them and their dogs is the best occupation I could ask for.
I have loved working for Bark & Biscuit since fall of 2018. I thought I knew a lot about dogs before I started working for B&B, but Ashley and Ryan have taught and continue to teach me so much about dog training and behavior.
Kennel Technichian & Dog Hiker