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Valerie has been interested in dog training and animal behavior for many years. One of her first dogs, a rescued Beagle-Terrier mix named Bentley, taught her that patience and humor in training goes a long way. She believes that motivational training helps to forge a strong dog-owner bond and she enjoys helping owners bring out the best in their dogs.

Valerie continues to attended seminars on dog-training and behavior and has taken courses in animal behavior and learning. Her credentials include:

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed: Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers;
  • Dip. Canine Behavior Science and Technology;
  • Cert. Professional Dog Training Science and Technology;
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator; Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator and CNWI (certified Canine Nose Work® Instructor)

She currently has four German Shorthaired Pointers that she competes with: Max, who is a Certified Therapy Dog has two Rally Obedience titles and a Junior Hunter title; Mia, who has earned her Junior Hunter title and numerous VALOR Agility titles; Max’s son Seamus, who is competing in K9 Nose Work after earning Rally and Hunting titles; and Mia's daughter, Lucy, a conformation Champion with Rally and Hunting titles, who will soon be competing in K9 Nose Work. Valerie and her husband, Tom, are active volunteers for German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ.