I began my dog training career in 1994. I taught pet obedience with Tri-State K9 until 1999. During that time I worked hands on with many different breeds, both pure and mixed. My main focus was problem solving and basic obedience.
I was introduced to the sport of Schutzhund in 1999. I trained and titled multiple breeds in the sport including Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd Dogs. During this time I also titled multiple breeds in AKC Obedience, as well as being a CGC Evaluator. I was also a very active volunteer with my therapy dog
I operated my own training and boarding facilities in 2000, including Forgotten Lore Kennel in Berryville, VA, and Kasmira Farms in Capon Bridge, WV. That's when I began fostering for DAR&E Doberman Pinscher Rescue, as well as several multi-breed rescues, where I rehabilitated more than 100 dogs, mostly Doberman, in 10 year span. Although I no longer board, I do occasionally foster, and I am grateful for the lessons I learned.
I returned to the sport of Schutzhund in 2013. Most recently I competed with Beatrix at the 2018 AWMA IPO Championship. We earned her IPO3 and High Scoring Female.
Samantha titled her first Schutzhund dog at age five, which earned her picture on the cover of the SV German Shepherd Dog magazine.
She is, to date, the youngest competitor at a USCA National Championship at age seven.
Sam has titled multiple dogs in the sport of Schutzhund and AKC Obedience. She recently earned High IGP2 with Crazy, and is currently training Hannibal and Crazy for their IGP 3.