Dog training isn’t rocket science, right?
Christina is an aerospace engineer by day, dog trainer by night. She turned into a dog trainer the way many dog trainers do; a difficult dog, a conscience that says force is not the way, and a thirst to find a way that works with the dog’s will and relationship with the handler in love. She firmly believes what Leslie Nelson has said so elegantly “Love the dog you have, not the one you wish you had.” Christina’s thirst to learn positive dog training led her to Animal Behavior College where she graduated with honors as a dog trainer. She has also gone to Pat Miller’s Reactive Rover workshop is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer. Despite her continuing education and time with clients, Christina can be found commonly on weeknights at the Prince William Animal Shelter sitting on the floor outside kennels sliding treats under the door to fearful dogs, running around the dog park with exuberant dogs learning come or lure chasing, and heartbrokenly saying goodbye to some of her favorite dogs as they say hello to their forever families. Christina and her husband have one dog, a black Lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix named Rain.
Jennifer has been professionally training and caring for dogs and exotic animals for over two decades including as a keeper at Busch Gardens - Tampa, Curator at International American Rattlesnake Museum, Staff trainer and Dog specialist at Dogtopia, and curator/educator at Reptiles Alive! in Fairfax, VA.
She uses positive rewards to train dogs, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Jennifer even trained crocodiles! Jennifer has a BS in biology from the University of New Mexico. She is a certified dog behavior consultant through IAABC. She holds a dog training certification from Animal Behavior College and is independently certified as Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CCPDT). Jennifer speaks about dog bite safety, dog training, low-stress handling, and more throughout the state.
Jennifer is an operational dog trainer/handler with the oldest and largest search and rescue organization on the east coast. She trains three Belgian Malinois dogs, Grom, Burya, and Molniya. They are often found in the woods training to find lost people.