Nicole strongly believes that dog training is as much about the people as it is about the dogs. That’s not just because they are the ones paying the bill, but her experience has shown that people truly want to know how to understand and communicate with their dog effectively.
Her first introduction to training came after an inspiring meeting with Paul Owens, co-author of “The ‘Original’ Dog Whisperer“. Paul introduced her to his non-violent dog training approach and Nicole was hooked. She then studied for a year with him, got an apprenticeship, and finally taught for Paul over the course of three years in Los Angeles. Nicole furthered her education by attending various conferences throughout the country, which she continues to do today. Her love of family and the Midwest finally lured her back home in 2003.
It was then that Nicole started her own business on the North Shore of Chicago focusing on helping families and their furry members. Seven years later, in 2010, she joined AnimalSense Canine Training and Behavior, Inc. as the Director of Training, where she is honored to mentor young trainers just as Paul had done for her.
Her favorite place to be is at home with her fabulous – and patient – husband, her two kids, and her steady Clumber Spaniel, Finlay.