Hi, I'm Jennifer!
My love of dogs began at an early age...
...with my first family dog, Lassie–an incredibly sweet Bassett/Beagle mix. As a child I dreamt of becoming a vet. Ultimately I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue and went on to become a certified Massage Therapist.
After becoming “dog nanny” to Calvin the Wonder Dog, I soon realized that working with dogs was the career path I'd always wanted to follow. In August of 1999 I started “A Walk in the Park! of the North Shore”, a dog walking and petsitting service. I eventually added doggie daycare & overnight dog sitting where my clients’ pups could have a safe and loving environment in which to stay & play. The knowledge and experience I gained while caring for these marvelous creatures, led me to explore training as the next leg of my incredible journey with dogs.
During a rigorous apprenticeship, I gained comprehensive knowledge of dog behavior and force-free training methods. I went on to work as a professional dog trainer-working privately with clients and their dogs, as well as creating and teaching a variety of classes-from Puppy Kindergarten & Dog Reactivity, to the Mind Your Manners class.
In November of 2015 I received my accreditation as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) – logging over 300 hours of training time, passing a rigorous examination, and agreeing to uphold the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) Code of Ethics.
I see the training process as one of teamwork-
in which both the dogs & their guardians are learning & having fun.
My role is to teach clients how they can motivate their dog(s) to perform & repeat the behaviors they find desirable-in the clearest & kindest ways possible.
I am absolutely thrilled & grateful to be working in such an interesting & rewarding profession-& I look forward to each new opportunity to help improve & strengthen the relationship between humans & their canine companions!
I'm here to help. Ready to get started?
What My Clients Are Saying
"We were lucky to find Jennifer when we were right in the middle of dealing with some typical, but annoying, puppy behaviors-resource guarding, humping, jumping on people, jumping on the counter tops, etc. Jennifer was really excellent in helping us understand our pup's behaviors (which were not at all what we thought-and we’re 20+ year dog lovers and providers). She also helped us understand training techniques, and the importance of rewarding good behaviors. We’ll definitely continue using her for ongoing future trainings. Jennifer is patient, knowledgeable, great with dogs-and nonjudgemental with us humans, as we attempt to mold our canines into happy housemates and companions."
– Sara Girardi & Norman