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It all began with a little blue dog…

Jenn didn’t realize when she adopted a little blue dog from her local animal shelter that life would never be the same. That blue dog was “Elvis” and his range of behavioral challenges led Jenn to discovering science based, positive reinforcement dog training. Seeing the connection between positive reinforcement dog training and better behavior first hand, Jenn became a volunteer in dog training classes in 1998, a dog training class instructor in 2000,  and eventually manager of the Animal Protection Society of Orange County’s Dog Training Program (now Paws4Ever) in 2002. In 2004, she founded Blue Dog Creature Coaching.

Training with science and compassion…

Jenn follows the principles and ethics of science based, positive reinforcement dog training, teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviors and excluding the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation. These techniques are based on the science of learning theory and incorporate the latest research on how animals learn and cognition, taking into account each animal’s emotional state without intimidation, confrontation, violence, reprimands, or domination.  View Jenn’s professional training qualifications and education history: Jenn Merritt-Education

Providing education and training for your growing family…

In 2014, Jenn relocated to Burlington, Ontario and shifted her emphasis to parent education and support of families preparing for life with a dog and a baby.  In the spring of 2015, Jenn completed the Family Paws Parent Education course for professional dog trainers and became Licensed Presenter of the Dogs & Storks™ educational program.  Jenn joins national certified dog trainers through accreditation by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and a certified Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner.

Walks N Wags
Certified Professional Dog Trainers
Canadian Assoc Professional Pet Dog Trainers
Family Paws Parent Education Program
Tellington TTouch

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