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Trainer - Christina Todd CPDT-KA, PMCT

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.

Trainer - Amanda Curwood ABCDT

Amanda is a Professional Dog Trainer residing in Reston VA. She grew up in a small town in NE Pennsylvania and moved to nova in 2001. Amanda attended East Stroudsburg University played sports and found an interest in sports medicine. After moving to northern Virginia, Amanda went to Massage Therapy School and became a massage therapist. Upon graduating she started her own business in 2004,MassagePro.

She’s now been running a very successful business for the past 15 years and truly believes in finding something you love to do. She decided to combine her love for animals, enjoyment working with people and business knowledge together.
In 2018 Amanda attended the Animal Behavioral College and graduated with honors.
Combining her love for dogs and people she now is able to impact dog owners in a positive way creating a loving environment for both them and their pets. And for

Amanda she continues to enjoy doing what she loves and is passionate about, working with people and animals.

She can sometimes be found at Homeward trails working with the dogs to make them more adoptable and find their forever homes!

Amanda attended chicken camp in 2018 to improve her skills. “If you can train a chicken, you can train anything"
Amanda has been fortunate to have many loving pets and currently has an adorable Bernadoodle named Brody.

Trainer - Elizabeth Bevins

Elizabeth began her interest in animals, and teaching them, at a young age. Whether she was trying to teach a hamster to swim, or her first dog to pull a toy stroller, she was always teaching something. She successfully trained her rescue dog, Cookie, dozens of tricks, as a way to help her very active collie mix make it through heartworm treatment. Cookie has gone on to learn how to pull a sulky (that's a dog pulling a person in a buggy!) to a beautiful heel and more.

She is an accomplished birder and was recognized as a Junior Master Birder by prestigious Cornell University's Birder Program. After realizing she ended up teaching wherever she went, Elizabeth created, organized, ran, and designed curriculum for a birding camp for kids, to give back some of the mentoring she received at Cornell’s Young Birder’s Event. She accomplished at working with kids including as a camp counselor and character actor at Guard Up Summer Camp in MA.

Elizabeth honed in on working with dogs as a canine coach at Dogtopia and realized that she could combine her boundless enthusiasm, positive energy, and love of dogs with her passion for teaching by becoming a dog trainer. Helping people, working with dogs, learning new things, Elizabeth could not ask for anything more!

Fairfax, VA 22030, USA        571.969.7297        Jennifer@leadwithfun.com

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Trainer - Jennifer Pennington CDBC, CPDT-KA

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.

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