I’m a twenty-something, animal enthusiast, in a transitional state of life. And apparently an enigma!
In spring 2010, I lost my job as a community educator for Cornell University Cooperative Extension. I loved my job dearly. I love working with youth and teaching–I didn’t get my Master’s Degree in Education for nothing! The area where I had been living was hit particularly hard in he economic down turn and, for three years, schools had been laying off teachers and not hiring them. So, I pretty much failed to find work.
This frustrating situation, however, led me down a path I think I’ve always wanted to take. While continuing to look for work, I’ve been able to really pursue and think about the other passion in my life, dog training. I’ve worked with dogs in training situations since I was in my early teens, when I was able to “apprentice” (to an extent) under a few different trainers (some good.. some not). Through the various trainers I learned from, I became firmly rooted in positive reinforcement training and clicker training. I have been given amazing opportunities to work with shelter dogs, performance dogs, and typical household pets. But perhaps the most rewarding, was simply the amazing opportunities I’ve had to work with and train my own personal dogs. They rock my socks off and I’m continually impressed with their ability to learn and work… and equally as impressed with their ability to make me laugh so hard I crumple to the ground.
Success Just Clicks blog was born out of this love of training and the desire to share some of the thoughts, ideas and hilarious stories that are inspired by the dogs and cats in my life. I really hope I can answer some questions, make people smile, get people to think differently, or just entertain folks with a mix of training information and stories of unfortunate events.
For a real trainer bio, check out this link to the temporary page of my professional bio (not my blogger bio, which, while fabulous, is not a very professional).