Debbie received her first dog, a poodle, for her sixth birthday (after much pleading with her parents) and took her first formal obedience class at age 11, with the family Saint Bernard. She is a graduate of Triple Crown Academy, completing the Canine Training Specialist Certification under some of the world's foremost authorities on dog behavior and training. She also attended Martin Deeley's International School for Dog Trainers, studying with Mr. Deeley to become an E-Touch method remote collar dog trainer. Her experience includes puppy and dog obedience, behavior modification, problem solving, agility, rally, clicker and tricks, sheepherding, therapy dog work, rescue, flyball, grooming and Canine Good Citizen. Her dogs have appeared in movies and on TV.
Debbie has put multiple titles (including Masters and Championship) on dogs in competitive obedience, rally, sheepherding, and her favorite dog sport, agility.
She is a firm believer that all dogs, and owners, can benefit from clear, consistent, positive training. She likes to say "There are many tools in the toolbox, we need to find what works for each team, there is no 'one size fits all' in dog training. And remember, bad dogs need training, good dogs deserve it!".
Debbie is a long-time member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and the West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club. She has served on the board of directors for WLAOTC and PCSC. She also served as Director for Santa Monica Dog Owners Group, helping overturn laws that prohibited leashed dogs from entering any Santa Monica park. SM DOG was instrumental in opening the city's first two off-leash dog parks.
Debbie attends continuing education workshops and seminars to stay up to date on training theory and methods.