Most recently, Joellen spent 5 years, from 2000 - 2005, working in the nationally acclaimed Marin Humane Society's Behavior and Training Department. She worked as a trainer, instructor, and behavior consultant. She taught classes for puppies through advanced levels, including Agility and Animal Assisted Therapy. She did behavior consultations with issues from puppy challenges through severe aggression. She also did temperament evaluations on hundreds of shelter dogs. In addition, Joellen took home and fostered puppies and young dogs deemed unadoptable due to behavior issues who, when returned, went on to be adopted into loving homes. In 2002 she graduated from the Marin Humane Society's Canine Academy 1 and 2, at the top of her class.
Joellen has worked with and trained many breeds, large and small, including; Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Poodles, Salukis, terriers, Bouvier De Floundres, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Huskies, Catahoulas, Cattle Dogs, Chihuahuas, and many small and toy breeds.
Joellen has also worked as a veterinary nurse at a traditional veterinary office, where she gained a great deal of insight into the hows and whys of pain and disease related behavior issues. She currently works at a holistic veterinary office where she is expanding her knowledge in the use of alternative therapies.
Joellen continues to expand her knowledge by attending workshops and seminars. She has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2003. Joellen is currently active with her dogs in herding, scent work, and agility.
Joellen lives on 5 acres with her understanding husband and adult daughter, along with indoor dogs; including working Border Collies and a Rottweiler, indoor cats, 8 sheep, ducks, chickens, and geese.