Some people know what their dream job is from an early age or find it while attending university, while others take a more circuitous path to it. For Rebecca, being a dog trainer is like coming home after a long journey. Even though finding her true passion took a while, her previous career as a teacher and her lifelong love of animals helped prepare her for a career as a dog trainer.
Rebecca has rescued and cared for many animals throughout her life. Growing up, her family home always contained one dog, one cat, and a miscellany of small pets including a hamster, a guinea pig, birds, turtles, and tropical fish. Her family would also take in short-term guests such as injured wild birds or lost dogs and cats. As a teenager, she worked with horses as the president of a 4-H club in Los Altos Hills, California, where she organized activities related to horse husbandry, learned to ride both English and Western saddle, and assisted a program for special needs children providing therapeutic horseback riding activities.
As an adult, Rebecca is dedicated to adopting only rescue animals. She currently has two dogs and a cat who were rescued from the streets. Her observations and experience with rescued animals have convinced her that behavioral training is vital to the success of finding rescue animals a forever home. She believes that too many dogs and cats are abandoned or relinquished because they lack behavioral and obedience training. Rebecca’s passion for protecting and improving the lives of pets extends to all animals. When not enjoying downtime with her pets, she is either studying dog breeds and training methods or traveling the world visiting wildlife rescue programs to support animal rescuers everywhere.