Jennifer began her training career at the Edmonton Humane Society after her passion for dogs collided with her deep interest in psychology and education. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and holds a Dog Behaviour and Training Methodology Certificate. She is continuing her canine education with the Academy for Dog Trainers, a challenging two-year program that is the gold standard in dog training.
From teaching group obedience classes to guiding families through complex behaviour problems, she has spent thousands of hours helping people and their pets understand each other and work together. She enjoys developing training programs that are easy and fun for people to implement. She’s passionate about enriching dog’s lives through training and play, and loves watching the relationship between dogs and their families flourish as they learn together.
Jennifer is committed to lifelong learning and frequently updates her education to make sure she’s bringing you the best information possible. Her main interest is in working with reactive and overly-enthusiastic dogs, but she’s prepared to guide you through a wide range of obedience and behavioural training. She is an active board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance.
Jenn is a lifelong resident of Edmonton and currently has three dogs. Emma is a nine-year-old golden retriever and enjoys cuddles and rolling in snow. Waffles is a three-year-old agility enthusiast who is passionate about food. He often assists in classes and presentations, showing off his sunny personality with people of all ages. You can read more about him here. The newest addition is a border collie puppy named Rampage, who is working toward a career in dog agility.
After attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Suzanne’s training career began in 2009 at a rural boarding facility that specialized in traditional dominance-based training methods. Desiring to update her own methods and continue her education in order to better serve her clients, she gained employment at the Edmonton Humane Society as a trainer and behaviour consultant, leading both group classes and individual training sessions and addressing a wide variety of behavioural issues. Suzanne is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She also holds a Dog Behaviour and Training Methodology Certificate.
While Suzanne enjoys assisting pet owners with obedience and behaviour challenges of all kinds, it is the shy and fearful dogs who interest her the most. Helping a dog’s confidence grow over time and watching the bond develop between dog and owner are her favourite part of the training process.
Suzanne has two Shih Tzus, 10-year-old Maggie and 7-year-old Coco, both of whom assist in training in very different ways. Maggie is a fan of all humans everywhere and specializes in reminding young dogs how to greet and play appropriately. Coco, formerly an extremely fearful and unsocialized dog, thrives on learning new skills such as agility and tricks. You will likely meet them both in class!
Cassie’s career with dogs began in 2011 while working the register at PetSmart. Interacting with loving pet parents and their dogs each day quickly sparked her passion for fostering the human-animal bond. In 2013, yearning for more knowledge, she was promoted to a training position, and has continued to teach training classes at several PetSmart locations throughout the years. She has worked at the Edmonton Humane Society as a Trainer and Behaviour Specialist, where she led group classes as well as private training consultations addressing a wide variety of behavioural issues. Cassie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT- KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She has completed Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional course, and attends seminars and training conferences regularly to continue her education. She has and will always use positive, force-free methods.
While each and every dog has something to teach us, Cassie particularly enjoys working with dogs who are stubborn and “misunderstood”. She loves to see frustration transform into eager learning when the animal feels understood. She also looks forward to any opportunity to teach fun tricks, and has an interest in learning more about agility, other dog sports, and canine fitness.
Cassie has 2 dogs that she calls “hers”. Kahlua is a senior rescue mix, who enjoys laying on the couch and doing tricks for cheese. Her partner’s dog, Rocco (pictured), is a 4 year old German Shepherd/Husky/Lab mix who loves to explore, learn new things, and make new friends.
I owe a lot to Jenn. We started working with her to help Chester overcome his anxiety and confidence problems. Jenn went out of her way to arrange special training sessions targeted towards building Chester’s confidence. We continued into agility with her to keep building his confidence. The dog I have now bears little resemblance to the dog I brought to see Jenn. She has strengthened my bond with my dog and helped him develop into an adjusted, happy dog and my best friend.Nickie & Chester
I just want to say how much myself and my dog (mace) enjoyed taking lessons from Sue Jobse. She was incredibly knowledgeable about dog training as she has done the “alpha” style of training and realized it just doesn’t work. Mace always wanted to go to class and I saw improvement after one class. Response time, recall and name recognition improved so much. I would have no issues telling anyone to talk to Sue for dog training questions or concerns.Jodi & Mace
My name is Hatchet! Mumma says I have two speeds: asleep and go go go! My favorite things are running, sniffing, jumping, and going to school.
I luv Jenn; when I see her I get so excited I can barely keep my butt on the ground. But I know I have to sit in order to get her attention. She helps Mumma with the hard work part of school where I get to have fun! The humans use words like ‘deference’ and ‘obedience’ – how boring!! I like it better when Mumma says sit, stay, here, ramp, tunnel, jump, together and a bunch other weird human words she’s named the tricks I’ve learned. When she says these words it means I get pets, attention, a tug or treats!
I’m really cute but Jenn doesn’t let me get away with NOTHIN! She has high expectations but sets me and Mumma up for success – her classes are structured with clear objectives she is prepared and organized and engages with students (two and four legged) in different ways of learning. She’s suuuuper patient! By the end of our sessions classes feel like we are one big pack (Mumma says that’s relationship building). Jenn keeps us on track with homework (she notices if we don’t) and remembers to keep things light – Mumma and me have lots of laughs!
By the time school is over I’m passed out in the backseat of the car while Mumma is driving home. You should take Jenn’s classes! She’s more amazing than tuna-fudge (and that’s saying A LOT)!Laura & Hatchet