I am an Assyrian-German anthrozoologist (specialising in assistance dog teams and interspecies cooperation) living in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 2009, my dog and horse, I performed in front of 3,000 people at a Parelli event in Reno - receiving a personal invitation to intern with Pat Parelli.
Until 2012, I worked with horses and tamed mustangs in Northern California using natural horsemanship techniques (returning to this briefly in 2014, when I travelled to Tasmania, Australia, to start a few young horses).
From 2012-2018, I was a self-employed, full-time assistance dog trainer in Frankfurt and became a certified dog behaviour consultant and dog trainer.
Then, from 2017-2019 I obtained my master's degree in anthrozoology (the study of interactions and relationships between humans and other animals) at the University of Exeter.
From 2018-2019, I was a partner in an EU-programme which is part of an Erasmus+ grant from the Federal Ministry for Education in Germany and funded by the European Union. Its aim is to develop assistance dog training as an accredited profession in Europe, develop trainer/instructor processes for the current CEN (European Committee for Standardization) standard, as well as create a curriculum for assistance dog trainers/instructors. From 2020-2023, I will be completing my PhD in anthrozoology at the University of Exeter.