Animals have always been Amanda’s true love and passion in life. Starting in 5th grade, she became very fascinated by animal behavior in marine mammals. That curiosity continued to spread to other species. When she was 13 she trained her family first dog just for fun. They had a wonderful bond, and she became addicted ever since.
Not realizing this passion to train the family dogs could become a career so she joined the US Navy after high school. This gave her the skills to make a great living in computers, but it never made her truly happy. In 2010, she discovered she could become a trainer full time. Jumping on the opportunity, Amanda enrolled at the Animal Behavior College where she was taught several learning theories, basic behaviors, and more. She began volunteering at a local shelter to start putting her new knowledge to the test. Through the Animal Behavior College, Amanda met a seasoned local trainer and began to intern under her for the next few years. Through the mentoring and teaching of that internship, Amanda was introduced to the wonderful world and science of reward marker training techniques and theories. Intrigued by what she was learning, she continued to attend classes and seminars while beginning to work with clients and shelter dogs in the area.