As with many trainers, Joni grew up with a passion for animals, dogs in particular. Her reputation for dragging home strays, including rabbits, crows, pigeons, and of course dogs was well known within her family and friends. In 2000 she adopted a springer spaniel from the local animal shelter and enrolled him in obedience and agility with Rocky Mountain Dog Training, hoping the activities would help him become more confident and secure. The rest is history!
Joni teaches agility (NADAC) and obedience, which includes feestyle, tricks, rally, and C.L.A.S.S. She also has been registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs since 2003, and a tester/observer for them since 2004. Joni is actively involved with Musical Dog Sport Association, currently as an officer holding the position of Secretary.