Tori has always loved animals from the start. Growing up with a plethora of animals has shaped who she is today. She has raised many different animals from a yak to geckos, and has always been intrigued by training. She has trained goats to walk on a loose lead and rabbits to pose for conformation shows. Currently, she has goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geckos, a pig, a yak, and a Central Asian shepherd dog, Nikita.
Nikita, or Niki for short, sparked Tori to start training professionally. The Central Asian shepherd breed can be challenging, which continues to make Tori a better trainer. Other than training Niki, Tori spends her free time as a 4-H leader for a rabbit, guinea pig, and small animal club where she instructs members ages 5-18 on how to care for and handle their pets.
When it comes to dogs, her interests are in nutrition, fitness, and behavior. By focusing on the dog as a whole, Tori has a broad, yet targeted perspective when training animals and building strong bonds between pets and their owners. Canine communication is extremely important for the strength of the bond and is something she heavily emphasizes when working with dogs. She uses positive methods to drive the dog's desire to work, rather than forcing them to complete the task.
Tori graduated cum laude with a degree in Animal Biotechnology & Conservation: Small Animal Science with a specialization in behavior from Delaware Valley University. With an education in the animal science field, she has an understanding of both the mind and body of animals and uses this to form a holistic approach to her training. She stays updated with current scientifically proven methods in training, canine health, and nutrition. She participates in the Natural Canine Health Symposium and Raw Roundup each year.
Tori is available for puppy, basic manners, and advanced manners classes, in-home private lessons, day training, and CGC/Therapy Dog training. She is available for training sessions in Morris and Hunterdon counties.