Hello! My name is Brandi, and I am a Dog Social Supervisor for the Dog Retreat Center!
I have played soccer for about 20 years (and will continue to for as long as my knees will let me), teach kickboxing, run Spartans, and have 5 years of experience in the service industry. I am very driven and love to learn new skills, especially skills that allow me to be a well-rounded person. One of my favorite things about working at the Dog Retreat Center is that I am constantly learning right alongside dogs, which is humbling and fulfilling at the same time.
I have loved and been surrounded by dogs my entire life, but my journey with dogs really started when my family adopted a year-old, female husky/border collie mix named Cici. As most high energy breeds, Cici demanded attention and stimulation; but she also picked up a lot of bad behaviors from her previous home and needed a lot of training to be allowed inside for long periods of time. For a couple years we struggled with Cici bolting out the front door, stealing food off of the table, and general obedience.
I finally enrolled in a training course with Cici, where I learned how stubborn my dog was and how patient I had to be with her. It has taken years of continuous effort (and a multitude of tears and frustrating moments) to transform her into an obedient dog who trusts me. By constantly giving her some new trick or mannerism to learn, I kept her stimulated all while gaining all the benefits of a “good dog”. Cici is now 13ish and no longer misbehaves in the house, knows lots of tricks, and can go off-leash in the foothills without getting into trouble.
Grace has been around animals since she was born; her first dog was a German Shepherd - Black Lab mix named Roxy. All of her dogs since have been German Shepherds. She currently has one German Shepherd Husky Mix puppy named Kenai and one purebred German Shepherd named Rosie. Dogs have always been an important aspect of Grace’s life and many lessons can be learned through your relationship with dogs. She has learned that by taking care of my dogs they help her take care of herself. They help her exercise, become more mindful, and help her practice her problem solving skills. One also learns that just like people, dogs have food cravings. Rosie has a sweet tooth and loves to lick the icing and frosting off of cakes, cookies, cupcakes, coffee cake, and loves to eat butter off the counter.
Grace enjoys snowboarding, traveling, yoga, and would like to try surfing. She is also enrolled full time at Boise State where she studies Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and American Sign Language. Grace has been working with animals since she was little and has worked in many areas of dog related fields. She has worked as a dogsitter, dogwalker, at the Eagle Animal Clinic as a Technician Assistant; and currently as a Training Assistant here at the Dog Retreat Center. Grace hopes to help strengthen your relationship with your dog and create ease in your day to day together.
Hello there, I'm Tambre!
Animals are my passion; they always have been, always will be.
Originally brought up in Kentucky, I moved to Idaho with my family when I was 12. After graduating high school, I gained a lot of experience in the customer service industry and food service industry. I enjoyed this work for a time, before deciding to pursue a more passionate and fulfilling job involving animal care. Last year, I started working for a doggy daycare & boarding facility right here in Boise, and I've loved every day of my life since! I switched over to the Dog Retreat Center for a chance at gaining more training knowledge and general understanding of canines. I have so much to learn from Teri & the other ladies and I couldn't be more excited!
While working at the dog daycare last year, I adopted a sweet rescue pup of my own! Her name is Leeloo. She is some sort of shepherd/heeler mix and she's 4 years old. We've come to enjoy and appreciate everything about this wonderful city, from sun-bathing in the park to the downtown dog pubs, along with the many off-leash mountain hiking trails.
Animals have always been my passion in life. since I was young I've always handled any bugs and lizards I could find. I grew up with a Jack Russell Terrier named Rocky. He taught me a lot of patience and how important it is to live in the moment. I started getting involved more with animals after moving to Idaho from Florida. I began volunteer work at several different rescue shelters.
Not too long afterwards I worked at a 24 hour emergency animal hospital. I gained valuable experience in the healthcare of animals. During this time I was finishing up my college degree in biology. During my time at the animal hospital I wanted to get involved in law enforcement. After training with The National Animal Control Association, I became certified nationally as an Animal Control Officer. During my time as an officer, I gained a lot of experience and exposure to the animal world. I noticed a recurring issue of untrained dogs getting hurt or getting into serious trouble.
Wanting to face this issue head-on, I wanted to become a dog trainer. After reading several books on canine body lanuage and studying different techniques for training, I joined the Dog Retreat Center team to be a dog trainer. My goal is to not only improve myself during this process but the lives of the dogs I train, creating an overall positive experience for everyone involved.
Hi, I'm Olivia!
I just moved to the Boise area from Oregon in January, reluctantly at first - but it's really grown on me. I have always been an animal lover, and I currently have 7 pets; a cat, 3 snakes, 2 lizards, and a tortoise. I don't have a dog of my own yet, but I love hanging out with my family's dog named Darby. She's a nine year old lab that we got when I was 13; as a teenager I did 4-H shows and agility with her. She prefers a much more low energy lifestyle these days, but is still incredibly good natured and never stops wagging her tail.
I have a big passion for assistance animal advocacy. Dogs are incredible animals, and can help people in so many unbelievable ways. I have a goal to teach as many people about them and the community that relies on them as I can.
One of my biggest dreams is to have a dog of my own one day, and I am excited for the potential of working with my future dog here at Dog Retreat Center. I was so excited when I got this position; the environment here is such a breath of fresh air, and all my coworkers and supervisors are fantastic. I really enjoy everything about my job, and I'm really looking forward to my future here, and to growing and learning even more.
Hi, my name is Sean!
I have taken care of dogs of all shapes, sizes and personalities over the years, and am so happy to continue doing so in an even more effective and fulfilling way as part of our awesome team here at the Dog Retreat Center.
Previously, I have cared for clients' dogs for as short a period as a 30min walk and for up to a few weeks at a time while house-sitting, but seldom with training as a primary focus. Now, at the Dog Retreat Center, I get to contribute to shaping and improving dog/dog and dog/human relationships, which is even more rewarding and a joy to witness. In addition to assisting with daycare and training, I also have the privilege of looking after our boarding dogs during their overnight stays.
My passion for dogs stems from the fact that they have nothing but love to give, even if they do sometimes manage to get on an owner’s naughty list. The better we are able to create a cohesive leader-follower unit, the easier it is for our dogs to not only be able to show their love in more ways, but also for us to more consistently return it back to them! With the abundance of opportunities that Boise provides for us to get out and about with our dogs, establishing a relationship built on trust means more fun for us and them.
I don't currently have a pup of my own, but I am absolutely okay with that for now, because it means I get to pour all my love and effort into the amazing dogs we get to look after and train here at the Dog Retreat Center. I look forward to meeting yours!