Andrea has always had a passion for animals.
Her main focus was certainly her love for dogs. Andrea made the decision to adopt her first dog and it was then she began her journey of dog training. At one point, Andrea owned three rescue dogs. Knox, Rusty and Grant comprised her canine pack. Clearly, Andrea understood the need to ensure her canines were obedient. Additionally, Andrea had started her
expedition into canine therapy. With her commitment to canine obedience and canine
therapy, Andrea was able to achieve AKC Canine Good Citizen, Canine Good Citizen
Advanced, Canine Good Citizen Urban,
Therapy Dog Certification as well as other AKC
recognized obedience titles. Andrea competitiveness took her to AKC Agility where she has achieved many advanced AKC and CPE titles.
Andrea began to study the
role of canines related to traumatic events. Andrea quickly learned the great benefits of resilience and healing through our connections with canines. Andrea then became certified as Therapy Dog Prep Instructor. Andrea
also achieved certification as an
Alliance of Therapy Dog Tester / Observer and began to aid others with achieving their Therapy Dog certification.
Crisis Response Canines:
As Andrea traveled with her Therapy Dogs she observed first hand the positive impact canines had with individuals impacted by critical events. After more research and
extensive training, Andrea put her efforts into creating a dedicated organization devoted to providing animal assisted crisis response. In 2015, Andrea Co–founded Tri–State K–9 Crisis Response. This endeavor was so successful that Andrearecognized the opportunity to contact others nationally who had served with
her or had shown interest in providing this same level of canine response nationwide. In 2018, Andrea took on the challenge of
developing Crisis Response Canines (CRC) which has canine teams located throughout the United States. Andrea has developed
in–depth Crisis Response Canines Certification which each team must achieve before representing CRC. Each handler must achieve national therapy dog certification. Each canine must initially have achieved AKC Canine Good Citizen. (Once on the CRC Team, each dog
must continue to achieve AKC CGCA and
CGCU.) Handlers must compete a myriad of
training to include mental health awareness and critical incident response awareness.
Additionally, if a CRC Team hopes to achieve national deployment certification status, the team must undertake training and testing through Law Enforcement Defense Systems.