Dana started her professional career in dog training at Red Acre Farm Hearing Dog Center selecting, training and placing shelter dogs with deaf adults. Her professional experience in training and behavior also includes animal shelter program coordinator for volunteers, pet training instructor, lecturer, shelter consultant, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue’s adoption coordinator/ counselor where she placed 800 dogs in 3 years. In 1999, she started Dogs of Course with the first Instructor Training Course class. Her dedication to improving the lives of dogs and their owners through quality education at all levels was the motivating factor when she started the business and has been the guiding force for all projects she creates. Dogs of Course offers educational events for professional dog trainers, shelter staff and dog training enthusiasts. In association with the NACSW, Dana created and currently runs K9 Nose Work Training Camps all over the country. Dana continues to support charitable organizations by periodically running fundraising events and activities.
Committed to promoting dog training to the public as a skilled profession, she is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She passed the first national certification test for dog trainers earning the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer and is a Certified Nose Work Instructor.
Dana has been competing in dog sports since 1984. She has titled in obedience, field, conformation, earthdog, rally, agility and K9 Nose Work. She is currently trialing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi in Elite and preparing her young Flat-Coated Retriever to be her next Nose Work partner.