I was born in Kyrgyzstan - a small country in Central Asia,- and I always had dogs since I was a child. Our family used to own Alabai dogs - Central Asian Shepherd Dogs, - which were very popular in that region for their large size, confident posture and strength; they could even beat a wolf in a fight! These powerful dogs used to listen to me very well, oftentimes I was the only one who could take them out for a walk.
Many years later, after moving to the US in 2016, I began helping my friends and neighbors with dog training. I always wanted to help people, therefore my new career came to me naturally. I enjoy working with dogs, so I decided to become a canine behaviorist, certified through Alfa School. Plus I was interested in marker training, free shaping, and service dog training, so I went to school for that as well.
At the moment I’m working as a dog trainer in several organizations; I also volunteer in a local animal shelter, where my goal is to help homeless dogs overcome behavioral issues,so they can find a new loving home. My training focus is a thoughtful correction of serious behavioral issues, therefore, most of the time I work with aggressive and reactive dogs.
It is easier to prevent a problem, rather than to solve it. That is why my main goal during this training course is to deliver the importance of proper communication between both the dog and the owner, so they could live in a harmony further on. I help dogs and their owners to find mutual understanding, I explain reasons and outcomes of certain behaviors, and also give the right tools and guidance in solving of various and complex issues.
My training approach is always tailored to my client needs and I give homework based on what has to be achieved/corrected.
Lastly, when it is necessary, I ask my two best helpers to join me at work. My black German Shepherd Astra always helps me when I work with difficult dogs by setting an example of how to be calm and obedient, as much as her young age allows her to do so. And my white Siberian Husky Kiba is great with fearful dogs and puppy socialization.