Vicki has been successfully training and evaluating dogs for most of her life. Some of these dogs have been her own and have earned AKC titles in obedience, tracking, agility and the Canine Good Citizen.
She has also trained her own dogs to national and state certification levels having trained and tested under the standards of the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), The National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR), The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Pennsylvania Police K9 Association (PPCA) and The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
She has been a member of Therapy Dogs International for over a decade and all of her dogs have tested to this standard. She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT), which is an independent certifying agency.
Vicki trains and evaluates puppies of many breeds to be used for search and rescue dogs as well as for pets and therapy dogs. She is published in the following books: "Search and Rescue, Training the K9 Hero"/ARDA, "The Total German Shepherd"/Wynn Strickland, "If the World Is Going to The Dogs, Rejoice"/Jody Wright, "Dog Heroes, Wilderness Dogs"/Bearport publications in addition to others.
She is also a contributor with published articles in the following magazines: The German Shepherd Quarterly, The National Association for Search and Rescue’s SARDOG Alert, The Natural Horse, Barkleigh Dogs USA, and others.
The dogs that she has personally trained have included aggressive dogs, housebreaking problems, fear biters, and just about everything in between. The breeds that she works with have ranged from Cockapoos to Rottweilers, again with a huge variety represented.
Her dogs respond to search call outs with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as volunteering for therapy work. Her latest accomplishment is the training of a pet detecting dog. This dog is specifically trained to assist in finding missing pets.
Vicki has been fortunate to train with some of the most respected dog professionals in the industry. In a constant desire to learn more she has attended seminars and workshops with the following incredible instructors: Turid Rugaas, Ivan Balabanov, Sheila Booth, Karen Pryor, Gary Wilkes, Suzanne Hetts, Daniel Estep, Steve White, Jean Syrotuck and Penny Sullivan, just to name a few.