About The Trainer
My name is Julie Bastis. I live in rural western Northern Virginia on our little farm with my husband and children. We have two adult Sheepadoodle sisters, Daisy and Clover. Daisy was born deaf and Clover acts as her ears. They are both trained in sign language. The comic relief on our farm comes from 6 exceedingly friendly goats, not quite so affectionate chickens and bees (best enjoyed at a distance!)
I trained my first puppy when I was about 10 years old under the guidance of my veterinarian father. I informally trained many other puppies through the years. Formally, I began training in early 2018 as an independent trainer taking referrals from Milo's Puppy Boot Camp. I continue to admire Milo's and welcome referrals for their clients.
My training approach is positive reinforcement and LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) methods.
I am a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and regularly complete continuing education.