Sheri has two distinct areas of interest when it comes to
animals: Training & Nutrition. In training, her main area of interest is Ethology (the study of Animal Behavior)… In other words…what makes them tick, how to communicate with them, and how they respond. She believes to be an effective dog trainer you must first understand the animal you are wanting to train...If you do not understand how they think & learn you can not effectively design a program that will work for them. Sheri’s #1 and foremost goal while dog training is: To build a trusting relationship and leadership role between the dog and their owner. Her training philosophies focus on teaching the pet owner how to understand and provide what the dog “needs” as a canine species first. She strives to motivate each owner to reach further and educate themselves regarding building a relationship with their dogs. Therefore, she believes when you have a physically healthy and mentally balanced dog… anyone, at any age, can enjoy the great benefits you get from a human-dog bond.
Regarding Nutrition, her philosophy is simple…
”what you put in...is what you get out”. This goes hand
in hand with training for physical and mental balance
in your dog.
Sheri attended Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. after High School. She obtained a Degree in Consumer & Family Science (Foods & Nutrition focus) from
Additionally, her self-education from a growing library of resources and hands on experience related to dogs and dog training is vast. In addition to Wolf Park, she has attended many independent seminars (too many to count anymore) and educational workshops from published authors and trainers in animal behavior, training & techniques, service dog training, animal health & nutrition to first aid. In September 2010, Sheri successfully passed the national exam and qualifications of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (C.P.D.T.-KA) title.
In 2011, Sheri began to reach further and take her knowledge and love for dog training a step farther into the... Service Dog field. After attending several workshops/seminars & reading several books from well-known experts in the Service Dog fields ...Sheri has found interest in training dogs for D.A.D. (Diabetic Alert Dog) work...and will begin that service work training with her Border Collie, Kiwi, due to her gift for scent work. Sheri will be attending a D.A.D. Certification Course in August 2013 and then begin many hours of practice and training in the D.A.D. field.
Over the years, Sheri has participated in a variety of
workshops and private instruction in dog sports as well, such as Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking and Herding. Sheri is currently competing in Obedience events with the A.K.C. (American Kennel Club) and U.K.C. (United Kennel Club) with her Border Collies, “YoYo” & "Kiwi" and "Binka" her Rat Terrier. Currently a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and various other animal related clubs and rescue functions.
Sheri sat on the Committee for the Lake County 2010 Pet Expo. She is a Certified Evaluator for the "Canine Good Citizen" test sponsored by the A.K.C. (American Kennel Club). Sheri is currently the Training Instructor for Puppy & Adult Obedience at Portage Animal Clinic. www.portagevet.com
As mentioned above, Sheri also finds interest in health and holistic nutrition in Canines and Felines. She currently owns