Sarah has been passionate about animals, especially dogs, her entire life. Her family adopted their first puppy, Diesel, when she was nine, and from then on she’s been fascinated with dog behavior. She worked hard trying to understand Diesels “problem” behaviors, such as dog reactivity and resource guarding, and made strides in helping him overcome these obstacles.
She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology at SUNY Oswego, in May 2018 and graduated with honors. She minored in Psychology, and completed a thesis in which she analyzed the stress levels of rescue dogs. After graduation, Sarah spent the year completing her Dog Training Certification through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. She shadowed two mentor trainers, passed multiple exams that tested her knowledge of dog training, and trained a “student dog” to perform a variety of behaviors.
Throughout the years, Sarah has gained valuable experience in training. She volunteers at a local rescue and works with the dogs on basic obedience and impulse control behaviors, which makes them more adoptable. She has worked with dogs and their families after adoption to help ensure a smooth transition, and has worked with families on ensuring their pup is well socialized.
Sarah’s training methods are that of patience, understanding, and positive reinforcement. She uses positive reinforcement-based techniques for basic obedience training, as well as the use of classical counter-conditioning and desensitization for overcoming behavioral problems. She is especially passionate about proper socialization for puppies, and ensuring that all pups are set up for success from day one.
Sarah focuses on finding the root cause of behavioral problems, which in most cases is the lack of appropriate, mentally and physically stimulating exercise. Off-leash reliability is crucial for your dog to succeed at Active Dog Hikes, and is something that all dogs, young and old, can have great success with!