If you have been in Durango for awhile you may know Amber from Willow Tree Kennel. Amber has over 9 years experience running a dog boarding facility. She has easily handled over 10,000 dogs in her career. As the owner of Gentle Canine LLC, she is continuing her passion working with dogs.
What makes Amber amazing is that throughout the years she has chosen to use positive methods with dogs. I don’t know if this is because she has a Psychology Degree from Fort Lewis or if it’s because she has learned that painful methods make behavioral situations worse, she is always keeping the dogs emotional well being in the forefront of her handling and training.
Amber is our Reactivity, Aggression, and Behavior Modification trainer. She has the high quality skill and ability that Gentle Canine demands when working with our aggression cases. As a Certified Pet Dog Trainer- Knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA), she had to have hundreds of hours handling and training dogs and pass a national exam. She is also a AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Amber realizes that not all dog learn the same way. She takes pride in her ability to personalize training plans to fit the needs of her clients, and to help owners understand how to clearly communicate with their dogs. She really enjoys getting to know her clients personally and helping them achieve their goals. Amber is also our nose work specialist, with experience in cadaver, trailing, shed antler and NACSW training.
Amber and her husband Matt have lived in Durango since 2003. They love getting out into the mountains, enjoying rock climbing, trail running and hiking with their dogs. Amber throughly enjoys having her dogs as her outdoor adventure buddies, and loves to share that training with other. As avid rock climbers they have traveled all around the states and the world climbing.
Amber and Matt share their life with dogs Lilly, and Imogene (her new pointer X Beagle puppy rescue) – and cat Dyno. Lilly and Imogene have passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen Tests and Lily passed her Therapy Dog test.