This seminar is designed to explore the unspoken and challenging lives of humans and their difficult dogs. This with be a demonstration heavy seminar. Only demo dogs will be invited to this seminar. If you have a dog that you'd like to be used for demo, please let us know.
More and more dogs are developing emotional and mental health issues across North America. Devoted humans work tirelessly changing their lives to accommodate their dog’s ‘special’ needs. When it’s just too much these dogs end up in shelters/rescues or destroyed. Education is the key to recovery.
‣ Examine canine focuses and MOTIVES.
‣ Learn how to COMMUNICATE appropriately
with your dog. Read the signs.
‣ Become an excellent handler. Improve your leash handling and restraint skills.
‣ Determine when to teach and when/how to manage.
‣ Learn science-based behaviour TECHNIQUES
‣ Learn how to appropriately socialize your difficult dog with PEOPLE & DOGS.
Jessica has a Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science & Technology and has been working as a professional Canine Behaviour Consultant for 8 years. She's a mother of 4 and a nurturer of many. She has developed a strong philosophy in her business operation with the main principals being-- REAL, BALANCED, SMART, which is the way she attempts to operate in all aspects of her life.
Jessica believes in establishing harmony and balance using the path of least resistance with a focus on strengthening the human-animal bond. Jessica takes a unique approach to behaviour modification and training by translating canine language in to understandable human terms. She uses individual real life situations to create and implement behaviour change programs that are obtainable for the average dog owner.
She specializes in an organic approach to Service and Assistance Dog training that caters to the human-animal team and the bond between them.
She is a advocate for rescuing and rehabilitating animals and a huge supporter of responsible dog ownership education.
She has testified as an expert witness for the Provincial Court System, boarded, fostered, bred, owned and worked with many different types of animals throughout her life.
She worked alongside of Cheryl Smith (Owner of Forever Friends Dog Training, and an internationally recognized Canine Behaviour Specialist) as an apprentice for 2 years, and in addition has completed several intensive theoretical behaviour and training study programs with the Companion Animal Science Institute earning her a diploma in Canine Behaviour Science & Technology.
Jessica has worked as the Canine Behaviour Consultant at her local animal shelter where she assessed over 100 shelter dogs and provided staff and volunteer training. She created and implemented the "Meet Your Match" adoption program by screening individuals and pairing them with suitable canine matches
She is also a professional member of the CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers) and the AABP (Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals).
She was a Pet Behaviour Consultant Columnist for the EMC Record News distributed throughout Lanark County, Stitsville & Kanata. She has been published in Reader's Digest online, Canadian Living Magazine, Ferret World Magazine and has been interviewed as an expert on CBC, CFRA & EZRock Radio Ottawa.
Jessica acted as the primary trainer and operator of the a 6 month pilot project funded by DND) in Ottawa. She worked with active service members and veterans to train, evaluate and certify service animals to be teamed with injured soldiers and vets.
Jessica’s compassionate approach while working with clients and comprehensive understanding of behaviour and training issues, has made her a valuable addition to the industry.
Jessica is the mother of two boys and step-mother of a son and daughter . She enjoys helping children learn how to effectively communicate with dogs. Jessica has Chihuahua mix named Benito and an American Bulldog mix, Poe, a Basenji who she fondly refers to as "My little Weirdo", and her newest pack addition, a rescue Boston Mix named Zelda.
Her professional focus is to help establish or restore harmony and balance between owners and their pets by teaching them how to effectively communicate with their animal using applied science-based behaviour modification techniques.