A client once said to Hope, “It’s amazing how you think like a dog! It’s like you know exactly what they are thinking.” Hope loves dogs. She understands them. She loves to teach dogs and their humans how to understand one another. The passion for her work is evident. She says it is the work of her heart and soul.
Hope did not have dogs as a child. Her journey with dogs started when she was in her early twenties. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Hope moved to Florida and became an elementary school teacher. Soon after that, she adopted her first dog, Shadow, a one year old mixed breed. Six months later, she found a five month old stray Doberman Pinscher mix whom she kept and named Pupper. Shadow and Pupper opened up a whole new world for Hope, and she instantly became obsessed with dogs! The more Hope worked with her own dogs, the more she realized that she wanted to make dog training her career, so she gradually transitioned from teaching children to teaching dogs. As she started her own dog training business, Hope found that her students (both the dogs and their humans) were motivated and challenged by her style of training and teaching. The dogs were becoming well-mannered family members, and the humans were becoming educated, compassionate dog parents. Over two decades later, Hope now promises that both will enjoy the learning process as they benefit from their newly formed partnership. With Hope’s guidance, people learn how to train their own dogs and quickly realize that there is “Hope” for every dog (and every dog owner)!
Now residing in Roanoke, Virginia, Hope shares her home with her teenage son, Ari, and their rescued pitbull mix, Spartacus. Spartacus is a Canine Good Citizen, and he helps Hope with her clients’ dogs who are not well socialized, leash reactive, or just need a good role model. Hope and Spartacus also visit schools to teach children about dog safety while doing their best to debunk the negative stereotypes of pitbull-type dogs.