Tiffani has been with Off-Leash K9 Colorado since 2020, having started with the company as a Kennel Technician. Tiffani knew she wanted to work with animals since she was young, aspiring to be a veterinarian as a child. Growing up, she had a menagerie of animals in the form of rats, birds, dogs, and more. Her more recent decision to pursue dog training was encouraged by her experiences with her own dog, River, an Australian Shepherd. Not knowing then what she knows now, she got the excitable pooch and focused her training on tricks and commands. After realizing she needed help building an off-leash level of trust between her and her dog, she opted into training with a behaviorist who focused on positive reinforcement with treats.
Ultimately, her experience with other training techniques has given Tiffani a well-rounded knowledge base of different obedience techniques, and though she incorporates a blend of them all, she opts for highly successful e-collar style used with Off-Leash K9. In addition to her training and personal experiences, Tiffani relies on her tenure with animal care and her ability to read dogs’ body language and social cues to signal what might make them reactive in all situations. She is inspired to continue learning from her peers, incorporating their time-tested techniques into her own unique training style.
When first discussing training options with clients, Tiffani prefers to review the specific challenges they might be facing with their dog immediately, identifying, in tandem, their specific short- and long-term goals. A key part of this discussion helping dog parents understand how to maintain the training once they complete the program. She strives to build a healthy and happy relationship between dog and owner based on each dog’s unique motivation.
The best part of her job, Tiffani says, is seeing the connection formed between dog and owner as they learn how to work on the new behaviors together. Seeing owners have their “breakthrough” moment with their animal, seeing them realize the progress their dog has made and what they are truly capable of, is what makes even the longest days worth it.
In her free time, Tiffani enjoys hiking and practicing nose work with her Aussie, River. They particularly enjoy the areas around Cheyenne Canyon in the Springs and playing “hide-and-seek” nose games around the house.