Charissa grew up in the mountains of Salida Colorado. As a teenager she began working in shelter and rescue, this is where Charissa fell in love with a skinny pitbull/hound mix named Dylon. Dylon quickly became a foster fail and began to teach Charissa about what it is to be a kind trainer and patient dog mom. Dylon has since recovered from severe separation anxiety, handling aggression, and reactivity. In 2013 Charissa dedicated her career path to progressive positive reinforcement marker based training. She is a proud Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner and Certified Pet Dog Trainer. She teaches fear free, low stress, and cooperative husbandry care handling to the Colorado State Veterinary Students.
Charissa spends her time competing in nose work, IPO, and other fun training with her two dogs Dylon and Fenrir. She also enjoys camping, hiking, and paddle boarding.
“My goal is to change myths about shelter dogs and express to owners that compassion, trust, empathy, and fun build lasting human animal bonds. Showing people that we can allow our dogs to be dogs and that by doing so we are fulfilling their needs and creating behaviorally healthy canines.”