As a life-long dog and cat owner, Abbe began rescue volunteering in 2006. After several years of owning and handling rescue dogs, she became a team leader with Rescue K911, teaching volunteers how to properly and safely handle the dogs, along with teaching basic obedience commands.
In 2013 she begun an internship at Elite K911 Dog Training and Behavior. A year later she became an assistant trainer, conducting evaluations, lessons, and group classes. She learned to recognize, correct, and manage behaviors, and instructed clients using different training methods. By 2016 she had become Head Trainer, supervising the learning process of other trainers and taking on the more advanced obedience as well as the behaviorally difficult cases.
During her work at Elite K911, Abbe has taught more than 1,000 dogs in puppy classes, basic obedience, advanced obedience, remote collar classes, and private lessons, and has worked with more than 200 board and train dogs.
She attended numerous training workshops instructed by well-respected dog trainers from throughout the US, is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.
Abbe’s current areas of expertise are Puppy training, basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification (unwanted in-home behaviors, leash reactivity, etc.), remote collar (off-leash and behavior modification), board and train, treadmill training, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog training.
Through personal and professional experience and education, Abbe has formed a foundation for building and maintaining the human-canine relationship through effective communication, clear expectations, and trust.
Abbe currently has five personal dogs: Gemma, Oliver, Tango, Scout, and Sly.
Gemma, CGC, TDI
An American Staffordshire Terrier/English Bulldog mix rescued from the Lorain County Dog Kennel at approximately 2-3 years old, Gemma initially displayed extreme leash pulling and food aggression towards other dogs. After intensive training, she was not only able to work through her food aggression, but also passed her Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Certification with flying colors - in a matter of months. Gemma has been a certified therapy dog since March 2014, and is currently visiting an assisted living facility along with a local primary school, participating in a reading program for young students, kindergarden to second grade.
An American Staffordshire Terrier, Oliver was surrendered to the rescue at 6 weeks old, and has been with Abbe (fostered, then adopted), ever since. In addition to being a great ambassador for bully type breeds, attending dog events, speaking engagements on dog safety, and visiting an assisted-living facility, Oliver is also calm, sweet-natured, and the go-to for testing and socializing new dogs.
A black Labrador retriever, Tango was born January 2017. She has been with Abbe since eight weeks old, off-leash trained by six months, and currently accompanies Abbe as a demo dog to most evaluations, lessons, and events. Tango was started with a solid foundation of communication, engagement, and obedience exercises, and has become a very good example of what can be accomplished, at a young age, within the context of the human/canine relationship.
A Bloodhound born in March 2017, Scout had a rocky start. With poor breeder socialization and little to no human contact up to 12 weeks of age, she was food aggressive and terrified of the outdoors. Started off as a rehabilitation foster at 15 weeks, being subsequently adopted by Abbe and her pack. With training and appropriate socialization, she began to trust and gain confidence. Food aggression is now a thing of the past, and she has comfortably (and joyfully!) attended numerous dog events for the past year. Scout is currently preparing to take her AKC Canine Good Citizen test as well as Therapy Dog Test.
Born July of 2017, Sly is a Chihuahua/Pekingese/terrier mix. At only 13 lbs, he is social, confident, occasionally full of attitude, and Abbe’s helper for socializing clients around smaller dogs. (And yes, he was another foster failure.)
In addition to having brought her current, eclectic “pack” to a state of balance, some of her past dogs had also been worked through severe human and dog aggression, leash reactivity, and resource guarding.