Explore My VenturesPlease note: I am not currently accepting new projects while I focus on my position at Working Dogs for Conservation and running Journey Dog Training.
Publications That Trust My Expertise:
- NPR: Should I Adopt a Dog During the Coronavirus Crisis?
- Chicago Tribune: Is it OK to ask your friends to put away their dog when you visit?
- Companion Animal Psychology: Which Dog Breeds Are the Best Alternatives to the French Bulldog?
- Reader's Digest: "53 Mistakes Every Dog Owner Makes."
- Bustle: How To Tell If Your Dog Is Bored & 7 Things You Can Do About It
- Hill's Science Diet: A Day in the Life of a Pet Adoption Counselor (quote/feature)
- And many more! Check out the full list here.
I'm direct, organized, & analytical. Sound like what you need?
Looking for a bilingual research assistant who can rock climb, set up a mist net or trail camera, run 26 miles in a day, and drive manual on rough and muddy roads? Count me in.
If you need an excellent writer or web designer familiar with X Theme and obsessed with Google Analytics & SEO, I'm your girl.
My story as an adventurer, scientist, and writer.
I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. I entertained myself by training homing pigeons and writing novels. My dad took me electroshocking for fish and we tagged butterflies.
My mom, a writer, taught me how to take what I learned and make it into something that could be shared.
I captained the high school ski team, totally falling in love with this challenging and frigid sport. I spent a semester at an outdoor leadership school and another semester at an agricultural school in rural Panama.
At Colorado College, I started a dog-training business so I could buy more rock climbing gear (and pay rent). I tackled a degree in biology on the fast-paced block plan and did thesis research on the communicative and cognitive abilities of a monk parakeet named Francis. I took classes on cognition, learning theory, and neuroethology. I did research on stress behaviors in zoo-housed gorillas and the purpose and perception of America's National Parks.
Post-college, I worked on the communications team for Conservation Colorado, then worked at the nation's fourth largest animal shelter as an animal behavior technician. I specialized in high-energy, anxious, and aggressive dogs in need of a home.
In March of 2018, I left Denver for an international road trip known as El Perro Tambien. My dog, partner, and I spent 18 months driving around North and Central America, eventually going as far south as Panama City. We became expert border-crossers and our dog has now been to 8 countries!
I spend my days teaching people how to interact with behaviorally challenging animals, writing, reading research studies, and designing websites. My clients include K9ofMine.com, KennelTrainer.com, and PlantSnap.com. I also built Journey Dog Training into an online dog behavior advice powerhouse over this period of time.
We initially intended to drive all the way to Ushuaia, Argentina - but I was offered a dream job at Working Dogs for Conservation. They made an offer I couldn't refuse: train high-energy rescue dogs to assist biologists with conservation work and ecological research.
Nowadays, Barley the dog and I live in Missoula, Montana. He and I deploy as a conservation detection dog team several times per year, and he assists me in live demonstrations of the work we do. We've deployed to Yellowstone National Park to sniff out zebra mussels, Arizona to find ferrets, and our own lab to sniff out contraband such as shark fin and ivory for research purposes. It's an absolute dream to get to combine my background in ecological research with my passion for dog training. I have the joy of working with a variety of other detection dogs and am learning a lot!
In my "free time," I am continuing to build Journey Dog Training. I'm also still an avid trail runner, mountain climber, backpacker, birder, Nordic skier, jigsaw puzzle-er, and napper.