I have spent my entire adult life working with Animals. I attended the University of Wyoming where I majored in Biology and Zoology. After College I went to work as a Zookeeper at Riverside Zoo in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Probably the finest small Zoo in the country. My Passion was training dogs. I then spent four years as Assistant Trainer and Kennel Manager for Jerry Patopea at Utopia Retriever Kennel in Junction City, Oregon.
My time at the University of Wyoming helped to mold my understanding of how animals process information. Studying animal behavior gave me a head start on my training career. Learning what influences triggered certain behaviors, has definitely helped me as a Retriever trainer.
I spent five years working as a Zookeeper. I gained further understanding how diet, enrichment, interaction, and behavior helped to maintain a healthy and happy animal. This knowledge has served me well in maintaning healthy dogs which are in my care.
The years I spent working for Jerry Patopea, helped me to develop my craft as a dog trainer. Learning from one of the best I am forever grateful. Developing understanding of when to correct and why is foremost in the development of a Working Retriever.
In February of 1998, Intrepid Retrievers opened for Business. For the past fifteen years I have been able to follow my dreams and have been blessed to work with so many talented dogs and wonderful Clients. To all my Clients past, present, and future.....Thank You!