Linda's passion for dogs has been lifelong. As a young child she taught her (very) mixed breed dog Speckles how to sit, lie down, jump through a hoop and play dead through the use of kindness, a sense of kinship, fun and the occasional dog bisquit.
Linda received her CPDT-KA certification as a professional dog trainer from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in September of 2003 and went on to pass the prestigious CPDT-KSA certification test in 2012. (There are currently only 121 CPDT-KSAs in the world.) Linda is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
She has been a Pet Partners Team Evaluator for the Delta Society since 2000 and strongly believes in partnership as the essential bond between people and their canine companions. Her current Pet Partner is a rescued Belgian Tervuren named Maya.
Linda has been teaching dog training classes since 1998 and started Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary & Hospital's obedience dog training program in 1999. She is currently a mentor trainer for The Animal Behavior College and works with new trainers to complete their externships.
With over 30 years experience with American Pit Bull Terriers, she is an advocate for the breed. Linda has owned and trained three pit bull Delta Society Pet P artners including one of the first pit bulls to be registered as a therapy dog in Florida by the Delta Society in 1998.
Recognizing the importance of well socialized dogs trained with basic good manners, Linda has been an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for over ten years.
Linda currently shares her home with seven dogs including five American Pit Bull Terriers, one Labrador Retriever Chow mix and one Belgian Tervuren.
Professional Associations & Affiliations
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
The Delta Society
Tailwaggers Learning Center
The Jupiter Tequesta Dog Club
Sunshine On A Leash Therapy Dog Group