Bonnie grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She was active in 4-H and FFA and showed steers, hogs, sheep and chickens at the state fair. Bonnie also had a love of companion animals and often had numerous cats and dogs growing up.
Bonnie has been training dogs since 2003. She currently owns three adopted dogs (Sandy)-13 year old lab mix, (Ginger)- 7 year old German Shepherd and (Sheba)-11 year old cattle dog/terrier mix and one adopted FIV kitty (Jinx) who is 16 years young. She lost 2 Golden Retrievers (Ranger (14) and Shelby (6) ) in 2016
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) from the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers, Certified Dog Trainer Advanced(CDTA) and PDTI (Professional Dog Training Instructor) from the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and a Certified Kennel Operator (CKO) from the Pet Care Services Association (PCSA). She is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CDTI) from Kyra Sundance’s Do More with Your Dog Program. Last but not least, she recently earned her Perception Modification certification from Kayce Cover. She is an endorsed member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and she is also a pet first aid instructor through Pet Tech International.
Bonnie trained doges though the CHANCE program, which she developed at the New Castle Correctional Facility. CHANCE stands for: Canine Handlers Achieving a New Career Education. Dogs from the New Castle Animal Shelter were paired up with inmates at the correctional facility and trained for 12 weeks then they were adopted out to the public. The program began in June of 2005 and lasted for 3 years. In that time they adopted out over 30 dogs. Bonnie enjoys participating in community service activities and events and in her spare time she enjoys playing with her dogs and teaching them tricks, obedience and agility.
Bonnie is a balanced trainer and works with owners to teach them how to listen to their dogs and also to earn their respect. C0mmunication travels both ways on the leash. Her goal is to incorporate fun, enjoyment, patience, love, guidance, and respect into training in addition to exercise, boundaries and affection. She also encourages owners to look at the whole dog including dog food ingredients, daily routine, vet care, holistic care such as acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic in addition to essential oils and supplements. She uses her expertise and knowledge to evaluate each dog and owner and offer the best solution to address the problems. She is open to all training aids available including clickers, treats, toys, freedom harnesses, halti’s, slip leads, prong collars, and remote collars. She attends national conferences, workshops, and presentations in order to learn a variety of training techniques and methods available. Bonnie has also been acknowledged and published in the book called, Top Tips by Top Trainers.