Outside the ring, Diana participated as a Therapy Dog Team with Therapy Dog International (TDI), visiting Assisted Living facilities. She also volunteered for Washington German Shepherd Dog Rescue, adopting dogs, doing home checks, transporting, and fostering rescued dogs.
She lives with her husband, son, and three-year-old dog, Valen who enjoys Rally and Obedience, Trick Dog, Dock Diving, Agility, Disc Dog, and any other sport where Diana can throw his favorite frisbee!
Diana has been involved in dog sports for over a decade - training, competing, and teaching. She is a patient, dedicated instructor and a passionate advocate for positive, force-free dog training.
“My training methods focus on positive interactions that are fun for both dog and handler.
Setting your dog up for success provides a comfortable learning environment for everyone.”
Diana and Tyra competing
Diana and Tyra volunteering
In the ring, Diana and her dogs have achieved multiple Obedience and Rally titles in both American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC). Her first dog overcame many behavioral issues to earn the AKC (Rally Advanced Excellent) RAE2 title, and was ranked in Front & Finish Top Ten German Shepherds in AKC Rally for four years.
Diana enjoys helping steward the obedience and rally shows, and helping judge Rally Fun Matches and 4-H competitions. She is currently working on the requirements to become an AKC Rally and Obedience Judge.