is what brought us together
I began studying dog behavior in 2006 as the last option to save my dog's life. The late Bongo Valentine was an overly confident, super brilliant dog with high-risk aggression toward other dogs. It took about a year of constant research, lifestyle changes, and the implementation of training techniques to earn each other's trust and respect. It was worth the effort because he blossomed into the most obedient dog I've met to this day. My love of Bongo is at the heart of my goal to slow shelter surrenders by providing rehabilitation through training.
My professional destiny found me in 2013 when a friend of mine asked me to watch her dog Ollie, she suggested I offer this service to other people and I eagerly took her advice. While boarding dogs I quickly realized the skills I obtained rehabilitating Bongo and my natural ability to decipher canine body language made me a caring and capable sitter. During dog sitting I would invariably teach dogs hospitable behaviors and soon owners were asking for advice and insisting on hiring me to train their dogs. After seeing clients almost in tears with appreciation from witnessing their dog's potential revealed, I decided to switch my full-time employment from bartending to dog training.
My personal destiny was sealed when I married my soul mate and fellow dog lover, Garrett. As our reputation for quality has grown, Garrett has also been able to devote his talents to Alpha Love full time. Over the past few years, we've had hundreds of different dogs visit our home and Garrett's love for dogs has grown into a passion for training and behavior studies as well.
Our four-legged family includes two Great Pyrenees litter mates, Moto and Fila, a Standard Poodle named Emma, a barn cat named Dixie, and two iguanas named Rango and Salsa.
Boarding multiple dogs is the best hands-on education a trainer can obtain. We get so much enjoyment (education) watching the dogs socialize and seeing how they communicate with each other. But that's not enough, we crave learning about animal psychology and strive to stay up to date on the latest ethical and science-based methods. Together Garrett and I make a great team! We are both very patient, reliable, and dedicated to our clients, students, and guest dogs.