Charlotte was born with a passion for dogs and training. When training her family dogs, a German Shepherd mix, an Australian Shepherd, and a Jack Russell Terrier, wasn’t enough, she helped friends and neighbors with their own pets and horses. Charlotte started her formal career as an animal professional, by working at horse farms, children’s pony camps, and then ultimately moved onto large training barns that specialized in hunter jumpers.
Charlotte’s passion for dog training was reignited when she rescued her own dog Pax. His severe aggression issues started Charlotte on her journey to understand behavior modification as well. Initially, she sought help at a training facility that implemented harsh, punitive methods, including the use of e-collars. It wasn’t long before she recognized that the increasing aggression and stress that she observed in her dog was a direct result of those harsh methods. Convinced there must be a better way, Charlotte dedicated herself to force-free training and educated herself on positive reinforcement methods.
Charlotte soon began mentoring with knowledgeable and skilled positive reinforcement trainers, and studied and practiced their techniques and methods. She worked tirelessly to hone her skills and embraced the use of a clicker instead of an e-collar. The results of her hard work showed in the progress made by her once aggressive dog. Charlotte began teaching classes at local pet stores and did private private training for a variety of clients and their dogs.
Charlotte fearlessly works amid punishment-based trainers in several sports while embracing positive methods. She carefully observes the required behaviors and then tirelessly designs training approaches to reach her goals while relying solely on positive reinforcement methods. She is successfully and consistently achieving excellent results.
She has completed a CGC on Pax, competed at Rally and Competition Obedience and is preparing for competition in Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung (IPO) a protection/bite sport, formerly known as Schutzhund with her newest addition, German Shepherd pup, Beo. Charlotte is dedicated to continuing education and skill building and is currently studying to take the CPDT-KA certification test. She is also an accomplished artist working in pencil, pastel, charcoal and paint mediums.