Zoë graduated from Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program in 1991 and has a certificate in Animal Training and Behavior. She then went to work as the falconer in the Medieval Times show for 1 year, and assisted in the horse training for another year, after which she began training animals for cinema and television for several years.
Some of her credits include “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” where she was the assistant trainer for the entire 5 year run, “Frasier,” Steven Seagal’s film on location in Alaska “On Deadly Ground,” “Sisters,” Virginia Edison and “Alpo” to name just a few. She has always been involved in wildlife rehabilitation and education and especially loves working with birds of prey.
She began Clever Canines in 1995 to teach people how to train their dogs to be a great companion. As a small animal and equine veterinary technician of 6 years, She is experienced in advising health tips for your pet as well.
Zoë has always had a special love for horses. Growing up, her favorite place to be was at the stables riding horses or just helping out. As an adult coming back into riding while being a full time mom, she competed in a show as a hunter jumper bringing home a second place ribbon! Recently, she has turned her interest into Dressage style riding locally in San Juan Capistrano.
She currently is homeschooling two children and the older two are in college. Go Bruins! As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Zoë makes an effort to always learn more herself as well by attending continuing education classes and seminars. Zoë’s philosophy is using the positive reinforcement method. This means that devices such as choke chains and pinch collars are unnecessary. Instead we train the dogs to look and focus on the owner by using treats and praise and reward desired behaviors instead of punishing for undesired behaviors. This builds a relationship of mutual trust and respect. Zoë offers Dog training, puppy training and behavior modification in the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest and Trabuco Canyon, Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano areas.