Julie started her training career as an apprentice at a kennel that housed and worked with rescue dogs. Many were German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Akitas, Dobermans, Pit Bulls and some smaller mixed breeds. She learned training with some of the most difficult dogs in a very specific style of training. The methods were compulsion based, hard corrections, and one-size fits all. She didn’t enjoy that style of training and disagreed with some of the methods.
Julie searched for new techniques and more of a positive approach. She began teaching puppy kindergarten classes on the weekends and learned how to train using science based, positive reinforcement techniques. Over the years she blended the two styles and came to a balance while leaning towards a gentle, more positive, approach. Julie has several years of experience teaching group classes, private in-home training and handles the majority of the dogs in the Board and Train Program. She also conducts day training and brush up lessons at the Tustin location of Ruff House Pet Resort.
Her favorite dogs to work with are high energy breeds with lots of pep. She loves to harness that energy and change into intense focus. Julie became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer in 2015 and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator in 2016. She lives in Newport Beach with her puppy Ruka and is committed to ongoing education and learning everything she can about this fascinating field.