About the Trainer

Although she has had a passion for dogs since childhood, Monica’s career as a professional dog trainer didn’t begin until she had the opportunity to attend the Tom Rose School for Dog Trainers in 2004. It was here that Monica learned how to train for competition obedience, search and rescue, protection, agility, schutzhund, narcotic search and much more! After this, Monica went on to start her own dog training business while working at veterinary hospitals, shelters and volunteering for search and rescue. As of 2019 Monica has decided to become our full- time dog trainer here at the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge. She is excited to offer our new stay and train programs, group classes and private lessons!

Monica continuously strives to advance her techniques by expanding her education in current training methods and animal behavior. Along with being an AKC CGC tester and the Tom Rose School certification, she is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, one of the largest dog-professional organizations.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, riding motorcycles with her husband, and adventures with their three Australian shepherds: Logan, Ander, Willy.