Stacy is passionate about cultivating a trusting and connected relationship between dogs and their families. She is dedicated to using positive reward-based methods that promote learning and strengthen the human-canine bond. Stacy has worked with numerous dogs as a lead volunteer at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. It was there that her journey into dog training began.
Stacy is a graduate of the University of Iowa (MA, 1995). Her professional background in the human world has included counseling and teaching.
Stacy and her dog have earned Novice and Intermediate Tricks Titles from the AKC. They have also enjoyed dabbling in Nosework and Cooperative Care. She is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the Iowa City Animal Response Team, and participates in many continuing education opportunities for dog trainers. She will take her Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) exam in the fall of 2021.
Emily started her dog training journey in 2012 with her very first dog, a Border Collie named Fly. Her love and knowledge of training snowballed after she found Skidmarkz Flyball Club and began to train in the sport. Emily now has four Border collies and four cats. She actively competes in flyball, disc and dock diving. She also trains in sheep herding with her dogs and has recently started training in freestyle disc.
Emily trains and teaches with positive, reward based training methods and she has a special interest in advanced tricks and sport work. Emily is a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) and has worked as an emergency veterinary technician, practicing Fear Free methods of care for more than a decade. She also has a special interest in canine rehabilitation.
Emily graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with an Emphasis on War, Peace and Security as well as a minor degree in Spanish.
When not flyball racing or competing, she loves to hike, kayak and frequent local brewery patios (with dogs, of course!).