You could say I started my dog training education at the age of 9 when this beautiful lady was just a puppy. While I grew up from day one around dogs and always felt a great connection to them, Gretta (a staffy bullmastiff mix) was the first dog I got to take part in raising. Soon after bringing her home my parents and I began puppy kindergarten classes together. My enthusiasm for the process was quite evident to my parents so they allowed me to take the lead training Gretta both in and out of class and I loved it! If only it clicked back then that training dogs was a viable answer to the everpresent question of "what do I want to do when I grow up".
How it All Began
In 2013 my husband and I added a 10-week old bullmastiff to our household and named him Tugger. Boy, was he a troublemaker! We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and many tears were shed over the havoc our beloved furbaby caused. It was a wakeup call to me that raising a puppy is not as straightforward and intuitive as I anticipated! With my husband's hesitance to seek professional help in raising and training our puppy, I took it upon myself to learn everything I could about dog training, canine behavior, the whole works. It quickly became a bit of an obsession and obedience/trick training became a way my terror of a puppy and I could bond, work together, and find a little peace. With time I realized that what I had learned on my own was invaluable but the effort I needed to go through to find reliable information on my own was not easy and quite time-consuming due to all the contradicting methods and opinions on the topic. It led me to realize that dog trainers really are crucial to raising healthy happy dogs and had I hired one myself I would have saved myself tons of time, frustration, troubleshooting, and tears, not to mention money in damaged/destroyed household items! I ended up making the decision to dedicate myself to helping others get through the trials and tribulations of dog ownership and become a dog trainer myself. Now, with the career of my dreams, I couldn't be more grateful for all the terror Tugger put us through!
Ok, I'm sure you're interested in knowing my education and professional
background before choosing me as your trainer. While I've been working
professionally with animals since 2013, my first job with a focus on animal behavior
consisted of hand-raising and caring for parrots. As I'm sure many of you are aware,
birds are incredibly intelligent and understanding how to think like them,
communicate with them, and teaching them how to interact with humans was as
crucial to their wellbeing as their physical health. I ended up falling in love with
animal behavior and enjoyed utilizing my knowledge to help others with the
struggles they were facing with their own birds. In late 2015 I began my dog
training education with Animal Behavior College where I later received my ABCDT
certification. In 2016 I moved to Barrington, NH and interned with an independent
dog trainer in Dover before moving to a position as the senior dog trainer at
Petco. Between my internship and my time at Petco (where I went through further
education) I gained tons of hands-on experience with different breeds and age groups, as
well as various problem behaviors and unique cases that just didn't fit the Petco training mold. While I loved the position and teaching group classes, I began to feel limited by the corporate restrictions and felt that many of the students that came to me would've benefited far more from one-on-one help where their real behavior issues were taking place: at home and out in the world. In May of 2017, I decided to say goodbye to box store training and start Carly Vokey Positive Dog Training so I could offer my clients the help they needed without limitations. Since then, I've continued my education in training and canine behavior and am currently working toward my KPA-CTP from the Karen Pryor Academy. I hope to never stop learning and growing as a trainer and am so grateful to have found a career with so much room to keep educating myself! Really, I'm just an animal geek with a love for canine behavior and a passion for helping people live the happiest lives they can with their beloved four-legged companions. Every new dog is an individual and an exciting new challenge that once again allows me to put my skills and knowledge to work. It never ever gets old. I feel so lucky to be so in love with what I do and I look forward to the opportunity to share that enthusiasm with you and your pup.
Currently, I live in Barrington, NH with my wonderful and insanely supportive husband, Ryan, and our 1-year-old son, Boden. Between training, furthering my education, and being a mom (to both my human and animal babies) I keep pretty darn busy! Luckily, I really do love what I do and when I do have time to myself I typically spend it with my super duper awesome family. Those guys are pretty cool and you may meet some of them if we ever need to work your pups around "strangers". Shout out to the fam for being great strangers!
Where I am Today