Cheryl, owner & trainer


I understand what it’s like to live with a dog that exhibits challenging behaviors and will share my knowledge with you.

I’ve lived with a dog that barked if she saw a leaf falling. I’ve brainstormed how to keep a dog safe and helped her become well-adjusted after she jumped out of a second-story window in a panic. I’ve devised plans to prevent dogs from injuring themselves in a kennel and taught dogs to trust me although they had never been touched kindly by a human. I enjoy brainstorming and creatively solving challenges. When you train with Giffy, you get all of my experience and all of the things I’ve learned from the dogs I’ve lived and worked with.

I am a student.

In addition to living with dogs, I pursue ongoing continuing education. I am a certified Karen Pryor Academy training partner (KPA-CTP) and regularly assist other students completing the program. I'm also Level 1 TAGteach certified. Other continuing education includes learning from some of the best in the business, including Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Susan Friedman, Dr. Karen Overall, Dr. Chris Pachel, Ken Ramirez, and Dr. Karolina Westlund. I love learning and will share current, cutting-edge knowledge with you.





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   And a teacher.

I have spent the last twenty years teaching college English, which means I work with a broad range of students, can improvise as necessary, and communicate effectively.

    You’ll be part of a community.

Giffy dog isn’t just about the trainers or the dogs.  It’s all of us, working together. We’re a group of passionate, kind people who want to learn and have fun while building trust-based relationships with our dog companions. We’re a team here, and you’ll be part of that.


Our Commitment to you:

We will

  • treat your dog humanely.

  • listen to and collaborate with you. 

  • develop a plan that works for your lifestyle.

  • interact respectfully and kindly with you and your dog.