Hi, I'm Britt!
My name is Brittany and Wag More has been a dream of mine for a while. With the help of my personal pack, I find great satisfaction in helping mold dogs and their families into a balanced and cohesive unit! Here's a little info on me and the experience I have that qualifies me to help you and your dog!
I've always had a passion for animals, especially the troubled ones, since I was little. Our home was full of broken and rescued pets of all shapes and sizes that pulled at my young heartstrings. Fast forward and I was working full time at a local vet clinic and volunteering in shelters when I decided being a veterinarian wasn't my calling. After some soul searching, I rescued a pup in early 2016 that ended up being very mentally troubled so I hired my first behavioral dog trainer. My life CHANGED! I was amazed and from that moment forward I hit the ground running learning everything I could to make a difference for other families and struggling dogs.
I've been fostering for over a decade now, specifically pulling dogs from kill lists and the threat of euthanasia due to behavioral issues. I've worked as a trainer for local shelters and rescue groups helping with dogs that are considered un-adoptable. I've read countless books from some of the top trainers in the world as well as intensive research in behavioral modification. I've worked with some other amazing trainers through the years learning many different techniques for different dogs. I spent time working with a large training facility where I learned more about the stressors dogs go through emotionally with certain types of training, those of which I avoid now. Over the years, I've attended and completed several training conferences and certifications including:
*The Emotional World of Dogs: New Insights into Behavior and Training
*Dr. Chris Pachel's Great Big Dog Behavior Workshop! by BADDogsInc
*Larry Krohn @ Ridgeside K9
*I am licensed to perform the AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluation, CGCU (Urban Canine Good Citizen) Evaluation, AKC Community Canine Evaluation, and teach the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
I truly believe that the majority of issues between people and dogs are based on a lack of communication. Let's face it, we speak two VERY different languages! I've spent the years learning to read and 'talk to' dogs in a way they can understand while teaching them how to appropriately communicate what they want and need as well. With my background in behavioral work, bridging the gap in communication makes everyone happier, and in turn, more well behaved! Mutual respect between owner and pup are imperative for a successful life together as well as patience and understanding. I love bringing dogs in and seeing the transformation as they learn to be the best version of themselves. I want to show you all to coexist in a fun and manageable way!
This handsome boy is about 7 years old and is solid as a rock. At 130 pounds he's a true gentle giant, not a care in the world! He is wonderful when it comes to teaching other dogs stability since he exudes a calm and relaxed demeanor. Dunkel is non reactive to dogs with attitude and will tolerate almost anything (except humping... that's a hard no in his book!) so he's my go to for aggressive dogs as well as fearful and timid pups. Dunkel is CGC certified!
This kid was a rescue from a shelter when he was about a year old. I took him in feral and highly human reactive, oh boy he may have been my toughest case to date! Underneath it all, he is the sweetest goofball and has become my right hand pup! He does fantastic working with other dogs on obedience and body language. Pilsner is playful and corrects inappropriate behavior like a pro, but is confident and often becomes a leader for nervous and anxious dogs. At 7 years old, I lovingly refer to him as "My Grumpy Old Man" haha. Pilsner recently made his debut in NADAC Agility competition and earned his first Title!
Marzy is the most recent addition to the family and just happens to be my life long dream dog (Australian Border Collie)! She's still very young, around 2 years, but I plan to do some sport work with her in the future. Although her main purpose is to compete in Agility with me, she is the most playful of my group and enjoys wearing out my more rambunctious client dogs! She has a very specific herding based play style, but also loves a game of keep away, so she's my go to with some of the more extroverted dogs I work with. Marzy holds several NADAC Agility titles at this time!
This sweet girl officially joined the family in fall of 2021! She’s a 5(ish) year old super mutt that originally came to us as an at risk foster dog for behavioral training. After only a few weeks, we realized she was a perfect addition to our family (even though she is still working through some issues) and we officially adopted her as one of our own! Dipa struggles with new people, but her chill personality has a way of rubbing off on the dogs around her. She enjoys her personal space and has no problem laying down respectful boundaries, but get the roomies like the rest of them!
Yes. We have a cat in all this pandemonium! Our girl Shiraz is super dog friendly and can often be found teasing the pups through the staircase or perched on the back of the couch enduring muzzle bumps from curious pups. She also functions as a GREAT distraction while working on impulse control and obedience around the house!
Audrey has been working with me since the summer of 2022 and recently became a certified Dog Obedience instructor through the Animal Behavior College. She has worked in animal shelters for over 5 years, which introduced her to the world of dog behavior, and she's been hooked since 2018. She found herself falling for the "broken" shelter dogs that desperately needed some sort of behavior modification to make them more adoptable. After working with and losing a dear canine friend to euthanasia, Audrey decided to pursue an education in dog training so that she could continue to better help struggling shelter dogs, as well as dog owners that require behavior modification in order to thrive with their pet.
"It’s the most rewarding work I’ve ever done and I have a deep appreciation for every dog I’ve worked with. So much of dog training is actually owner training; empowering owners through training! I’m excited to help you improve your communication with your dog and build an even more incredible relationship!"
You'll catch Audrey tagging along to lessons with me as well as working her own Board and Train pups out and about! Her compassion and patience has made an amazing addition to the team while we continue to offer the best possible experience for you and your beloved canine companions.