Pat has been around dogs throughout her life. Beginning with training them for her father (a dog breeder) when she was 8 years old. She got special permission from 4-H to teach her first class at 15. Pat has had one of the few dogs in Michigan that was approved to work with her as a dog assisted therapist, in her work as a Clinical Social Worker.
Pat has been training dogs in agility since 1996 with her first competitions in 1997. She has titled several dogs in conformation, obedience, and agility. Currently she trains regularly with Jen Pinder, international team member, regular contributor to Clean Run Magazine and internationally known agility instructor.
The dogs she has had in agility classes have included a wide variety of breeds, temperaments, strengths and challenges. These challenges range from such things as being blind in one eye, to very shy dogs, to reactive dogs and one very large Irish Wolfhound. Her greatest pleasure is to help develop and train great teams, including those dogs with challenges, teams that know lots about training together and people who have never trained a dog before. She loves to teach, and loves for her students to do things they never could have imaged themselves doing. Her students have earned numerous titles in all venues.
For Pat, teaching people and their pups life skills and agility teams to work together is the most fun thing you can do in life. Teaching is an honor.