Like so many of us, Irina's start to training began almost 9 years ago when she got Dasha, her 4th Airedale Terrier. Here's what she has to say:
The first three dogs were easy (though I realize now how much they lacked in training), but Dasha was a more challenging puppy, with all kind of insecurities, phobias, etc.
Our first training class (started when she was 12 weeks) has been followed by many, many others. I read anything I could find on the subject of dog training, participated all seminars and workshops I could afford and assisted my instructors with their classes.
Former “Evil Puppy” turned into a great, well-mannered dog that is enjoying dog sports and serves as demo dog at classes and presentations.
I believe in positive, reward-based training that is scientifically proven to produce the best results. My experience with my own dog and the dogs of many of my students has taught me that training is not about just getting your dog to obey commands. Training is about building relationships and teaching dogs to make the right choices. And of course TO HAVE FUN TOGETHER.
Irina also volunteers at Woods Humane Society and is a member of a dog training enthusiasts group SLODOG.
She currently competes in Nose Work with her dog Dasha.
Becky has been training professionally since 2011. In that time she has garnered several training certifications and established herself as a reputable and skilled trainer. Having trained and temperament tested thousands of dogs, she is an expert in dog body language and behavior, making her the ideal trainer to work with your pet.
Her experience includes shelter work, private training, aggression, nutrition, and everything in between. In 2014 she re-established the agility program at the Pasadena Humane Society while writing the curriculum and training the staff. Becky has also trained with the founders of NACSW Nose Work and became a Certified Nose Work Instructor in 2015 (CNWI).
From 2016 to 2018 Becky was the president of the Central Coast Nose Work Club (CCNC), and is still on the board of directors. She is also a CGC evaluator and certified in pet first aid & CPR.
Becky believes that training should be fun, for both handler and dog, because research has shown that it's better for the dogs and facilitates faster learning. Positive methods, rewards, consistency, accurate timing, games, and defined rules are among her keys to success.
She currently competes in Nose Work with her dog Buck.