Interviewer:Mona, what question do you get asked the most from pet parents? Mona: "How do I get my dog to listen?"
Interviewer:You've talked about your passion for distraction training; but, what is your number one passion? Mona: Working with families and their dogs building relationships and helping them define a more enjoyable lifestyle.
Interviewer:What type of training and credentials do you have as a dog trainer? Mona: I'm a Certified Sit Means Sit Remote Collar Trainer. Over the years, I've developed my own style of training incorporating positive, scientific, electronic, relationship-based, and model-rival methods.
Interviewer:Where did you go to school and what degrees do you hold? Mona: I work as a full-time dog trainer but I'm a Registered Nurse, with a Masters in Nursing, and B.S. Psychology. I'm a graduate of Georgia State University, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (merged into Mercer University in Atlanta), and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Interviewer: How would you describe your dog training approach? Mona: There is disagreement in the dog training community regarding best practices. In my humble opinion, I believe in dog training one needs to keep an open mind. What works for one dog may not work for the next dog. In the past, I observed certain treatment plans worked for one patient; but, did not always work for another. I believe there are many variables to take into account to achieve a good patient outcome, as well as, a good dog training outcome. Thus, I've developed my own style of training over the years incorporating positive, scientific, electronic, relationship-based, and model-rival methods.
Interviewer:What is your training philosophy? Mona: There is a timeless code of ethics associated with nursing namely "do no harm". I strive to make sure that every dog in my care has a safe environment in which to ensure the best possible outcome. I provide a daily video to each family to show progress in the day's training plan; but, also to let them know their dog is happy and healthy. Working with dogs and building relationships with their families is important and fulfilling. I love what I do!