Josie grew up with a variety of pets including rabbits, parrots, fish, cats and dogs. Her “heart dog” was a Miniature Schnauzer, with whom she went to the first dog training course and learned about positive dog training. Her first encounter with reward-based and clicker training was when she brought her poodle puppy to a SmartyPup! Puppy 1 course and Puppy Socials and she’s hooked since then.
With her experience as a middle school teacher, a university research librarian and a paralegal student who is going to be certified soon, Josie has brought a unique skill set to SmartyPup!. Her patience, her passion to teach and motivate, her obsession to provide accurate information and her organizational skills are going to benefit the SmartyPup! community.
Josie loves traveling and kayaking with her husband and Nickel, their Miniature Poodle. She also enjoys reading, movies, closet organizing and keeping up with the most current neuroscience research on both humans and animals