Petra graduated from UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions 20 years ago with a degree in physical therapy and has experience working with an extremely varied caseload including pediatric through geriatric clients with a vast range of diagnoses. Her areas of expertise include in-patient rehabilitation, orthopedics and neurology. Petra attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2007 and is a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Petra is fully certified in Canine Acupressure and is a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. Petra raced bicycles at the professional level and participated in international events. She is now an avid runner, competing in half marathons and she practices yoga.
Petra has trained and trialed her Labrador Retrievers in obedience, agility, field and nosework. Her black Labrador Retriever, Tyler, has the distinction of being the 2008 and 2009 National Obedience Champion and First Runner Up in 2010. In 2012, Petra and Tyler became the first American team to win the Obedience World Cup (they placed second in 2010). Petra’s dogs have earned field titles (MH, QAA). Currently she is competing at the Master’s Level in agility with Zaidan. Zeal has earned his OTCH in obedience, was Second Runner Up at the 2017 National Obedience Championship, has won numerous Regional events and won the prestigious Obedience Classic Tournament in 2017. Petra has written several articles on canine conditioning, canine injury prevention, competing with your dog and more. She has been published in a number of magazines including Clean Run, Front and Finish, and Whole Dog Journal.
Petra currently offers online classes for canine conditioning and competition obedience training. She has been invited to present a number of webinars for the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. Her latest project is creating a comprehensive website (www.petrasdogresourcecenter.com) that provides information on pet training, competition obedience training, positive thinking, and canine conditioning.