Jodi has been involved with training dogs for almost ten years. Her current dogs are Grover, an 8-year old Australian Shepherd, Odie, a 10-year old GSD/Border Collie Mix, and Katie, a 2 year-old Australian Shepherd.
After taking many types of classes with my dogs over the years, Jodi decided to branch out, and take some formal training. Her formal education is through the Jean Donaldson Dog Training Academy. She is currently very involved with her studies with the program, which has very rigorous high standards.
Jodi’s current dog, Odie, was the catalyst for her wanting to learn more about dog behaviour. Odie is quite reactive towards most other dogs, both on and off-leash. She chose to follow a positive, force-free philosophy when training dogs and believes that every dog needs to be treated fairly and humanely.
Jodi has extensive experience working privately with clients who have dogs who are reactive/aggressive towards other animals. She has also assisted many clients over the years who have dogs with anxiety/fear issues and Separation Anxiety.
Leash Reactivity classes are Jodi’s teaching specialty. She also has experience teaching many types of dog classes, including Loose Leash Walking Skills, Recall Work, Jumping Up, Basic Manners/Obedience, and Puppy Life Skills classes.
Jodi currently competes with Grover, her talented Aussie, in Barnhunt. Grover recently achieved his Open Title in the sport, and also took 1st place and a High in Class in his category. They also train regularly in Rally-O and have dabbled in Agility and Herding.
Jodi’s most recent dog, Katie, actually happens to be deaf. However, this does not stop her from being yet another talented Aussie of Jodi’s. Katie currently competes in Barnhunt, and Agility, and most recently started to try her “paw” in Rally-O training as well!