Do you want to get fit but not sure where to start? Sometimes getting started is the most challenging part. Fitness is an important component to being healthy. So, let’s talk about fitness and what we can do to make sure we are setting aside time for selfcare and putting action to it. As a …
“What is possible between a human and animal is attainable only within a relationship.” Suzanne Clothier It’s the new year, and traditionally we set new goals for ourselves and our dogs. Personally, I set goals for myself, I help my kids set goals and my dogs each get goals. I frequently do self-evaluations to determine …
Laica joined our family in 2014 and even her entrance was dramatic and chaotic, just like her. She was extremely biddable from day one, and always ready to work. I most loved Laica because she loved my children as if they were me. Mason couldn’t say her name at first, he called her LaLa, which …
Ashley is the mother of two amazingly fierce children, Mason and Scarlett and wife to an equally fierce and supportive husband, Drew.
It all started with a woman that traded in the reins of her horse for the leash of her dogs.
Ashley’s love for working with animals was developed in her youth which was spent training and competing with horses. It was a little later in life, during the completion of her second masters degrees that a passion for teaching and educating others was established. Ashley was a college professor of mathematics prior to starting a family.
Although the animals of choice have gotten smaller, the love of working with animals remains strong. Ashley is an advocate for continued education whether it be for humans or animals. The desire to train dogs and educate handlers is something that she believes in. Developing drive, motivation and fine tuning the focus of a competition dog while having mutual fun is what it’s all about. Regardless if your end goal is competition or just to build a stronger bond with your dog, training is the key to success.
In 2016 her son, Mason was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and her life has been forever changed. While Mason has successfully completed his treatment therapy, some scars never heal. For Ashley it’s the worry of the unknown. With tragic life events comes perspective shifts, for her it was a wake up call.
Experiencing how precious life truly is and how quickly things can change have led Ashley to where she is today, pursing a dream career of working with dogs and educating handlers. An advocate of mutual fun when it comes to working with your dog. Ashley firmly believes that each dog is capable of excellence and no one set of training tools fits every dog and handler combination. Regardless if it is just teaching your dog tricks or preparing for a competition, do more with your dog!
I am a certified trick dog instructor. Clearly, I have a lot of tricks in my treat bag 😉 Tricks are a valuable part of dog training, especially if you’re wanting to train for competition. Check out my blog HERE where I explain the importance of tricks in your layers of training. These tricks are also recognized by AKC and CKC, so that means you can get titles on your dog in these areas. Being a certified instructor I am eligible to evaluate you and your dog for these titles. This can be done virtually or in person. I also host a facebook trick training group which offers free trick training! Join my group here, and happy training! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ADSSparkTeam/