Jessica Ring is the owner of My Fantastic Friend, LLC based in Ellicott City, Maryland. Jessica helps you bring out the best in your dog for a happier life together. She strives to provide the most effective, efficient, humane and up-to-date training solutions to her human and canine clients. She offers private and group training for puppies, basic skills, tricks and enrichment, as well as consultations for behaviour problems. Online options are available. Jessica is a Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A) through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), an honours graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT) and a Fear Free Certified Professional. Prior to becoming a dog trainer, Jessica was a graphic designer and university professor.
Jennifer Pratt is a formally educated, multi-credentialed dog behaviour consultant and owner of Wag the Dog and Company, LLC a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company providing dog training services for dog guardians worldwide. She and her team are dedicated to helping guardians live the life they want to lead with their beloved companions by sharing their knowledge of how dogs learn and what really gets them motivated in life in a way that is not only science-based and effective but fun for both ends of the leash. Jennifer specializes in helping families and their companions with fear, aggression, phobias and isolation distress/separation anxiety. Whether the task is teaching your dog or puppy new manners or helping you to solve behaviour related issues, she and her team are here to help with one-on-one training, self-paced e-courses, and live events.
Jennifer is a professional, certified dog trainer and behaviour consultant. She has played many roles in the animal industry: zookeeper, wildlife rehabber, docent, and educator. After adopting two fearful/reactive shelter dogs, she began her educational journey to become a professional animal trainer. Jennifer’s passion is educating owners about environmental enrichment and helping clients develop deep and meaningful relationships with their animals. Jennifer is committed to using the most current, effective methods for working with Separation Anxiety and helping clients meet their goals. In addition to being an SA Pro Trainer, Jennifer holds a certificate from the University of Washington in Applied Animal Behavior, is an Elite Fear Free Practitioner, a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner, and a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with two mixed-breed dogs, Green Aracaris (small Toucans), African Grey parrots, and Poison Dart Frogs. In addition to training animals, she is an avid theatre-goer and docent for the Los Angeles Zoo.
Jen is a licensed veterinary technician and several years ago became Fear Free Certified. While helping to implement Fear Free standards in her clinic she realized that she would like to be able to better help her clients and patients who were struggling with behavior issues like anxiety and fear. She has since become a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a Certified Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer. Jen now spends most of her time training dogs and their people at Down Dog Studio. She leads group classes as well as offers private training consults. In her free time Jen enjoys training her own 2 dogs in AKC agility and rally!
Jane Robinson is the current Chair of the UK’s Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She is a full member of the APDT (m01194), is an accredited behaviourist and pet bereavement counsellor. Based in North London, Jane’s focus has always been working with her clients to help them understand their pet dogs’ training and behaviour needs and make this as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Using only science and evidence-based methods, she prides herself on working closely with owners to help them through what can often prove to be emotionally challenging problems. Jane is proud to be a SA Pro Trainer and add this valuable service to those she already offers her clients who (with the advent of online training) are located across the world.
Jamie has been operating CNDR since 2017 which started out as an in-home boarding and walk business, but quickly turned into the training business that it is today after she adopted her dog, Carter. Carter came to them when he was over one year old and had deep-seated fear toward people, dogs, and handling. He is the spark that lit the fire for her passion for canine behaviour. She has completed certificates in Canine Reactivity, Canine Fear, is St. John’s Pet First Aid Certified, Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Comprehensive Program, holds her CPDT-KA certification, is a Fear-Free Certified Trainer, and SA Pro Trainer. Jamie focuses on helping owners learn to better understand their fearful and anxious dogs, build confidence and trust, and create new and fun experiences with their dogs using patient, force-free, and rewards-based training practices. She runs all things CNDR, from booking clients, and creating programs, to running the social media and web pages, to hosting and editing the podcast!
Hannah started her dog training career at a busy, open-admission animal shelter, where she helped fearful and anxious dogs cope with their bewildering surroundings and make it through the shelter system to new, loving homes. Now, she does her best to keep dogs from entering the shelter system in the first place by providing life-changing training to them and their families, helping them stay together. Hannah has worked with dogs of all ages, breeds, and temperaments, but anxious dogs hold a special place in her heart, having lived with several of her own. She loves to watch these dogs blossom as they progress through training and learn that the world isn’t as scary as they first feared! Hannah is an honor graduate from The Academy for Dog Trainers, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, and a member of the Pet Professional Guild, an organization committed to force-free training. She has seen the incredible impact that kind, science-based training can have on the lives of dogs and their guardians and she is so excited to share her skills and knowledge with whoever needs it.
Gabriela is offering reward-based training in the Washington, DC Metro Area. She works with ALL ages, sizes, and breeds and tailors classes to promote demonstrable learning, real-life skills, and a happy dog.
Erika is a certified trainer and behavior consultant (CTBC), committed to positive reinforcement/force-free training. Before becoming a dog trainer, she started her own dog walking company where she specialized in walking reactive dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has volunteered at shelters and assisted with various classes for puppies and adult dogs. She has a special spot in her heart for adolescent dogs and dogs that struggle with fear and anxiety. The greatest moments in dog training for her are when a fearful dog begins to trust her and when humans gain a greater understanding of their dogs. Erika’s journey started in 2002 when she adopted her first dogs on her own, two Black Lab mix littermates (yes, at the same time!), but her life went on a different path until many years later when she and her partner adopted a street dog from Taiwan who ended up having profound behavioral struggles. He was “that one dog” who put her back on the path to working with dogs and their humans. Because of her experience as the guardian of a profoundly fearful dog, she intimately understands the huge toll stress and fear can take on everyone. Erika focuses on behavioral wellness for dogs as well as supporting their humans through a variety of struggles, and she does this with empathy, patience, understanding, care, and fun. She loves her human clients as much as her canine clients. Her favorite thing to do is educate people about dog behavior and communication. In addition to becoming a certified SA Pro Trainer, Erika earned the CTBC designation at the rigorous Dog Training Internship Academy originally started by Janis Bradley. She has also taken classes through the Karen Pryor Academy, Trish King’s Academy of Dog Behavior, Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.’s Living & Learning with Animals 3-day course, and is currently enrolled in Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course. A passionate reader with a degree in English literature from UC Berkeley, she’s traded novels for avid reading in the dog behavior field, continuing education to keep up with the latest canine science, as well as attending virtual and live conferences and seminars, and attending virtual webinars, workshops, and classes with top experts in the dog training and behavior field. Erika lives with her partner and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a dog mom to Mochi, 11-yr-old Min-Pin/Rat Terrier; Beck, 5-yr-old Border Collie; and Fiona, 4-yr-old Blue Heeler mix. “I look forward to hearing from you whether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or across the globe!”
Emily Priestley, CTC, has been working with and handling dogs professionally for over a decade. Emily’s long career with the BC SPCA has allowed her to have a proven track record, having personally handled over 2,000 dogs. With experience with a magnitude of breeds and all problem behaviours, Emily has worked with dogs who are in desperate need of intervention and behaviour modification. As a graduate of the world-renowned Academy for Dog Trainers and accredited by the BC SPCA’s AnimalKind program, Emily is committed to using current, scientific and kind techniques, and continuing education to ensure that you’re in the hands of the most advanced methods out there. Emily is certified as an SA Pro to help humanely and effectively guide you and your dog to recovery from separation anxiety. Emily is committed to providing a non-judgmental, kind, and supportive atmosphere for both dogs and their guardians and will always be transparent about methods and techniques, allowing you to feel comfortable handing over the leash.