She got her start training exotic animals in college while getting a degree in Biology and Psychology. She took that love of clicker training to the dog world and has been training dogs since 2003. She began her career as an apprentice with a CPDT trainer in Wisconsin, then as a staff trainer and eventual training manager of a large daycare and training facility in Orange County, California.
Julia shares her life with her husband, Brian, and their two dogs. Her dogs include Parker, a border collie, and Fox, a German Shepherd, whom she has competed with in USDAA and AKC agility, AKC and APDT Rally-O, AKC Obedience, Barn Hunt, and Nosework. They have also trained in herding, tracking, scent detection, and mondioring. A new rescue is joining their family, Annie the cattle dog, and Julia is excited to see what sports she wants to play.
“I love working with the difficult dogs that need the most help; over exuberant adolescent dogs who need self control, shy dogs who need to learn to trust, or aggressive dogs who need to overcome their fears and issues. Watching them progress and achieve milestones no one thought they could achieve is extremely rewarding to me.”