Breagh started at Happy Tails in January 2019 as a full-time trainer. Breagh graduated from Michigan State in 2016 with a B.S. in Zoology and concentration in Zoo and Aquarium. She went on to work at a variety of zoos, a few being Toledo, Jacksonville and Fort Wayne. During her time as a zoo keeper she primarily worked with big cats and primates. Zoo keepers use positive reinforcement in order to train their animals for veterinary needs/procedures. In some cases it could take a whole year to train one specific behavior, for example, a voluntary blood draw from a lions tail. Breagh also ensured the welfare of each animal under her care by feeding, cleaning, and providing enrichment.
Breagh moved back to Michigan in 2018 with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. She attempted to use treat training to train her independent Great Pyrenees, Koda, and her wild black lab, Ceilidh, but was not getting the results she wanted. After finding Happy Tails and graduating from National K9 School for Dog Trainers in March 2019, she has learned a different way of training and communicating in order to provide structure to her dog’s lives. She still has an energetic lab and stubborn Pyrenees but now has the knowledge of training tools to help reinforce what is not acceptable behavior as well as her experience with positive reinforcement to reward the wanted behaviors. Life has been a lot calmer with two dogs since finding Happy Tails!