A woman holding a small dog.

Hey there!

I’m Sherrie, a Certified Animal Assisted-Intervention Specialist (C-AAIS) and Pro Dog Trainer in sunny Los Angeles. My family includes my husband Daniel, aspiring therapy dogs Sunny and Rylie, and our senior cat, Matilda.

I’ve always adored animals and turned that love into a career. My unique strengths and experiences help me connect with others and support therapy dog teams. Becoming a team wasn’t easy, but I pursued continuing education, joined professional organizations, and even started my podcast, Therapy Dog Talk.

With a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, continuous education in canine behavior, and over a decade of community-building, I’m passionate about helping therapy dog teams thrive and I love to explore connections between dog and human psychology to help you improve your relationship with your pup.

I’ve created a free downloadable guide for aspiring therapy dog teams and an online space for teams to connect and learn from each other. My worldwide adventures and constant unpacking of my own biases and privileges have opened my eyes to the beauty of diverse perspectives, helping me to grow personally and professionally. It is important to me to incorporate this into my work and I hope that you see it reflected here.

My goal is to help you learn life skills for both you and your pup to further your impact as a therapy dog team while having a blast. Let’s share our love for partnering with our dogs and learn from each other. Ready to start this adventure? Let’s go!

Pro Dog Trainer
Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Partner
Certified Animal-Assisted Intervention Specialist
A-OK9 Partner (Affiliate)
Pro Dog Trainer: Geek

Get started as a Therapy Dog team

Set yourself and your pup up for success by learning how to:

  • Choose the right setting for your team
  • Train your animal partner
  • Select a pet therapy organization

I’ve put it all together for you in PDF format.

How to get started as a Therapy Dog team

In the Press

Wear Wag Repeat Podcast

April 5, 2023

I had a great time chatting with Petpreneur Tori Mistick in Episode 263: Incorporating Pets into Therapy Work about Therapy Dogs, Animal-Assisted Play Therapy, the Therapy Dog Talk podcast and my recent C-AAIS certification from AAAIP.

Wear Wag Repeat Podcast

The Therapy Dog Talk Podcast

Weekly conversations with Therapy Dog teams and researchers:

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Please note that use of this website does not infer a therapeutic relationship, or replace therapy, and I will not be able to provide therapy through this contact form.

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