Jan is a strong believer in continuing education.  There is no regulatory body certifying that the dog trainer you hire has had any education in animal behavior, any person can hang up a sign and start training animals. Some of these trainers will be good, others not so much.  Some may even be harmful to your pet. An educated trainer who is looking to improve their knowledge should be a benefit to all they help.

Through attending seminars, conferences and on line courses and classes, Jan strives to increase her knowledge of the science behind animal learning.  She also believes in maintaining an extensive library of works related to the learning and positive training of animals.


Training and Behavior:


Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Trainer (KPA-CTP) – June 2016

                  Faculty:  Terry Ryan

University of Washington, Applied Animal Behavior Certificate (UW-AAB) June 2018


Recent Conferences:

Training and Behavior:

Clicker Expo 2016, 2017, 2018

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) 2018

Animal Behavior Society 2018

Association of Professional Dog Trainers 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

Art and Science of Animal Training 2017

Tagteach International 2017


Recent Seminars:

Training and Behavior:

Terry Ryan’s Coaching People to Train Their Dog 2018

Great Big Dog Behavior Workshop by Dr. Chris Pachel 2018

Relationship Centered Training by Suzanne Clothier 2018

Aggression and Defensive Handling by Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan 2017

Ken Ramirez – Multiple Dogs 2016

Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camp 2016

Debbie Jacobs – Fearful Dogs    2015

Chirag Patel –  BAT & Aggression 2012



Dr. Kathrine McAleese – Mind to Win 2017

Desert Sage Box Work 2014, 2015 and 2016

Desert Sage Agility Camp 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

                  Instructors included Stacy Winkler, Moe Strenfel, Sandy Rogers and Laura Derrett


On Line Course Studies:

Training and Behavior:

Aggression A-Z by Michael Shikashio 2017

International Association of Behavior Consultants – Practices and Principals Course 2016

Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning With Animals 2014


Susan Garrett – Handling 360 2016, 2017, 2018

                                    Agility Nation 2017, 2018

Susan Garrett - Recallers 2017, 2018

Ultimate Agility - Ultimate Handling 2015

                                        Ultimate Reinforcement 2015

Fenzi Academy – Learning Theory 2014

Keen Performance – Agility Fundamentals and Drive 2013


Training and Behavior:

Dog Trainers Collaborative Trip to Puerto Rico to work with street dogs, shelters and fosters 2016