Tiffany has always loved helping humans and animals and making a difference in their lives. She received that trait from her father, a retired firefighter. He has always helped any animal in any way he could. Her previous job types didn’t allow time to have a dog so she had cats most of her life. She did have one dog that she and her parents kept when it followed her Mom home. The weekends she would come home see her parents she would learn how to train from her father and take on the care responsibilities. This dog was a wonderful fun-loving, happy black lab named Tooter. So, the beginning of learning how to train dogs began at the age of 18. After Tiffany graduated from Grad School and began her first job in South Texas, she still made time to volunteer at the local Humane Society. She spent most of her time with the cleanup of kennels and walking the difficult dogs that most workers and volunteers did not want to take out. She kept this up even more when her Fiancé was working overseas. When he returned, they adopted a 3-year-old Aussie border collie mix named Kiley, who for the most part was a simple dog. Two months later they were told about a 10-month-old Doberman that was going to be dumped at the steps of a kill shelter. Tiffany could not let that happen so, she convinced her husband to take her into their home.
Tiffany began her dog training career as a client. She and her husband realized they truly needed help to train her Doberman Zoey to bring out her full potential. The found and hired a dog trainer and the change in both Zoey and Tiffany began. She had a passion to keep progressing with her Doberman and then decided to begin training Kiley. After taking her dogs from Basic to Advanced Off-Leash obedience, and becoming members of the GO TEAM Therapy Dogs. Her trainer invited her to become a dog trainer for his company.
Tiffany wanted to do things correctly and wanted to be certified so she attended the Corporate training school and achieved her Dog Training Certification. She was also certified in Pet Tech K9 First Aid and CPR and is a Certified AKC CGC Evaluator / Instructor through the American Kennel Club. While working with SMS Corpus Christi and learning from an amazing friend, trainer, and owner, she developed an affinity for working with aggressive dogs. She enjoys the challenge and the challenge the dogs bring but the happiness of the clients and dogs to live a more balanced happy life. Tiffany is very thankful for everything she took in a learned from her prior trainer and boss. Tiffany did all of this while developing, maintaining, and running her own personal training business.
In 2016, Tiffany’s husband took a promotion and moved them from South Texas to Northern Utah. She looked for and found the closest dog training franchise to her because she wanted to continue with dog training. Little did she know that it would take off for her so fast that she would have little time to really rebuild her own personal training business. In November 2016 she officially joined the SMS Salt Lake City and DogTown Kennels Family as the Lead Trainer. While learning more about what Utah had to offer, Tiffany became active in the Utah Doberman Rescue, as well as, became a member of the Salt Lake Doberman Pincher Club, The Wasatch Dock Dogs, and Utah Sighthounds Racing and Coursing Club. While working for SMS Salt Lake City, Tiffany truly found her personal style and touch to dog training. She progressed and improved her abilities to help human and dog aggressive dogs, all while using the fun energetic dogs to improve her ability to read dogs. Each dog brings a new challenge to find the drive of a dog and use that to overcome fears and build confidence. Tiffany has also began taking classes in dock diving and barn hunt. She truly enjoys letting her dogs have fun and push their talents at the same time.
Toward the end of 2018 it became apparent to Tiffany that a change was needed in her life. She wanted more time to improve and challenge her own dogs, while providing more time with her husband, but still able to make a difference in dogs and humans lives. The opportunity to allow her to build a dog training program from the ground up, and do so while being much closer to home. To her, that is a win-win! So as of February of 2019, Tiffany is now the Training Manager at Coddled Critters and here to help clients teach their dogs to be a functioning part of the family.