Annie with Sassa at Epcot.

Photo description:

A woman crouches next to a golden retriever in front of the Epcot Space Ship Earth Sphere. 

Annie (she, her, hers) has been training dogs for as long as she can remember. She grew up training and competing with her Golden Retriever, Teddy, in 4-H; there, she found her love of dog training. She followed her passion to Carroll University, where she studied Animal Behavior. While at Carroll she worked with many species from betta fish to monkeys, but her most influential experience was with dogs. 


As part of a two-year internship program, Annie raised a puppy and trained a service dog for a local organization. She learned to handle a service dog in every situation, from campus classrooms to amusement parks. 


After graduation she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and ran a day training program at an area humane society where she drew on her skills to train pet dogs. However, she missed the complexity of service dog training, so she interned with Dawn Scheu of Willow Service Dogs, the home of the first gluten detection dog. Through this internship, Annie focused on training gluten & allergen detection tasks and medical alert training. 


​At home, Annie enjoys the company of her best buddy Roo, a border collie trained in gluten detection. While he isn't a service dog, he offers plenty of love and support from home. They enjoy participating in flyball, agility, parkour and nosework together.


Degrees, Certifications, and Memberships

B.S. in Animal Behavior, Carroll University


CGC Evaluator