About Jennifer Schneider
Let me start with my personal journey, My first training experience with dogs occured when I was 10 years old and became involved with a local dog 4-H group Training methods were very different at that time, and those methods did not align with my own personal ethics; plus, the dog I was trained didn't respond to those methods either. This gave me the opportunity to explore more positive training methods.
Fast forward 10 years, after delving into the idea of becoming either a veterinarian or a human therapist, I finished my formal education right in the middle. Dog training was to be my chosen profession.
After all these years, I have no limitations. I work with all ages, all breeds, all mixes, and all personalities of dogs.
I love seeing dogs who were previously fearful or reactive, learn to live and thrive in social settings.
I love working with dogs whose owners truly believe their dogs are untrainable (which is never the case, by the way).
I love seeing that lightbulb moment when a dog or their owner figures something out for the first time.
Professional Experience: I have over 25 years of professional experience as a dog trainer and behavior problem specialist.
Formal Education: I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology (with an emphasis on Animal Behavior) from the University of Washington in 2001.
Professional Education: I am always looking to improve my skills and learn new techniques. I continue my professional education by attending seminars from some of the world's most renowned trainers.
Certification: I received national certification as a professional dog trainer in 2006.
Mentoring: I am a certified mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College.
Personal Experience: Like many dog trainers, I started training dogs as a child. I have experience in both pet supply and veterinary medicine. I found my career in dog training back in college. It was a perfect fit and I have been doing it ever since.
My animals: I have had many breeds of dogs over the years, from Terriers to Shepherds to Labs. I always have at least 6 cats in my home, and usually an array of small animals. Each animal teaches me something new, something challenging, something that pushes me to learn and progress.