Erika's love for dogs started as a child and has grown into a truly passionate career. Her mission is to educate pet parents and devote herself to assisting them in building strong and lasting bonds with their dogs in a positive way.
Erika's a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist who graduated with distinction from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, a government and state approved school. Erika is also an Official Mentor Trainer for CATCH, where she is able to pass along her skills and knowledge by mentoring new students training to get certified as a professional dog trainer. Erika is a Canine Training Professional of The Pet Professional Guild (Membership #29143567). She has obtained a certificate in pet nutrition from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine - Extension. Erika is also a Licensed Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor through the Pet Professional Guild and is Cat & Dog First Aid and CPR Certified.
She has extensive experience with dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages and has successfully helped many pet parents reach their training goals with their dogs. Although Erika has vast experience in conducting private lessons, she also has experience working with puppy training programs, board and train programs, training foster dogs, and partnering with rescue organizations to train dogs with behavioral issues to assist in finding them a loving home. Earlier on in her career, Erika also worked and provided services at several dog-related businesses, including dog daycares and boarding facilities, and learned a lot along the way.
Erika's a West Virginia University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. After college, she had many successes working in the corporate world for several years before finally deciding to pursue her career as a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist.
Erika believes that continued education is not an option, but a necessity for those in the dog training profession. Although she studied for several years to get certified, Erika devotes herself to staying up on the lastest advancements in dog training and focuses her training on what science proves is the best way for dogs to learn. That is one of the reasons why her training style revolves around positive reinforcement methods, along with a dedication to force-free training techniques. Erika is fully dedicated to ensuring she meets the needs of each of her clients, and makes herself readily available to provide guidance, advice, and encouragement!