Alicia has a deep passion for dog training in all its forms. Although she has trained in agility, competitive style obedience, nose work, barn hunt, freestyle and canine parkour, her passion is pet therapy and tricks training.
In 2012, Alicia began her journey into pet therapy to honor her father’s passing. She thought it was the perfect solution blending their love of animals and her strong desire to help others. From the beginning, Alicia wanted her pet therapy visits to be different. People would laugh, visits would be interactive and, most of all for those few minutes, they would forget their emotional and physical pains.
Her journey would take her through every detour imaginable. Within her own pet dogs, she has had to overcome aggression issues, possessive behaviors, extreme noise sensitivity and anxiety. Giving up wasn’t an option.
Today, three of her dogs have been certified as therapy dogs, and a fourth is in training! Her dogs have completed a combined total of approximately 400 therapy visits and over 35 obedience titles between them. Vegas, 4 year old pit bull mix, earned her Champion Trick Dog Title and knows approximately 70 cues which entertain everyone she meets. While doing Therapy Dog work is a highlight, Alicia finds helping others get involved in the canine world equally rewarding.
Alicia is a certified trick dog instructor, AKC CGC evaluator, therapy dog evaluator and President of Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dogs Inc. In 2016, Alicia took over the therapy dog and Canine Good Citizen program teaching for Philly Unleashed.