Tricks for Fun, Sports & Titles Instructor
Julie has more than two decades of experience training dogs. She has worked with thousands of shelter dogs at the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS), where she has been a volunteer since 2006. Throughout her tenure at SAS, she co-authored the first positive, reward based dog training and handling handbook and was instrumental in successfully moving the shelter’s staff and volunteers to use these methods. She taught classes to volunteers and foster parents on dog handling and manners. She is also a serial foster parent and has successfully fostered some of the most behaviorally challenged dogs to come through the doors at SAS; safely fostered many long-term court case dogs; and has fostered dozens and dozens of puppies. She is a former president and board member of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, raising awareness and money for many of the progressive programs at SAS, including the comprehensive behavioral program.
Julie has been a dog agility competitor since 2010 and has successfully competed with her four very different dogs. Nola, the environmentally sensitive adopted Catahoula Leopard Dog. Kili, the puppet master Papillon. Pip, the rescued Border Collie with some ‘tude. And Street, the loveable Border Collie dork. This eclectic bunch has earned a combined 10 agility championships in 3 different organizations (USDAA, AKC and CPE).
Julie is AKC CGC Evaluator and is also a former board member and president of the Rainier Agility Team - one of the Pacific Northwest's largest agility clubs. She and her dogs have dabbled in herding, nosework, truffle dog, disc dog and dock diving. Way back when, Julie earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Humboldt State University and spent many successful years in the corporate world.