B.S., CPDT-KA, PMCT-1
A skilled dog trainer and behavior counselor with over 15 years of experience working with dogs. Jen has a BS in Biology and when she is not training dogs, she is conducting statistical analyses on cancer research data. An educational background in science helped Jen appreciate that dog training is an applied science. Her belief that the basic understanding of how animals learn and possessing the skills to train effectively are the keys to having a loving, cooperative, and rewarding relationship with your dog makes her an asset to Coventry. She is committed to passing on that knowledge to her students in a clear and engaging way.
Jen has always had a love of animals, but became more focused on training in 2002 when she became involved in greyhound rescue. She spent more than 10 years volunteering with her local greyhound rescue group, fostering over 60 dogs and helping to develop and implement the group’s foster and training & behavior programs, and ultimately sat on the board as a member for several years. She has since also volunteered her time with the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter and local rescue group, PAW (Partnership for Animal Welfare).
After educating herself about dog training through extensive reading, attending continuing education seminars along the East coast, and attending the Animal Behavior Management Association’s annual conference in 2010, Jen decided to pursue a more formal education in dog training so that she could share her knowledge of and passion for reward-based training through teaching classes.
She has since graduated at the top of her class from three 6-day Dog Behavior And Training Academies taught by Pat Miller at Peaceable Paws, as well as completed 4 intensive operant conditioning chicken workshops led by learning & behavior expert Parvene Farhoody and world-renowned animal trainer Bob Bailey, where she solidified her understanding of learning theory and fine-tuned her hands on training skills.
When she’s not teaching classes at Coventry or working at her full time job as a statistical analyst, Jen can be found spending time outdoors, reading the newest book on canine learning theory, or hiking, playing, or training for agility & nosework with her greyhound, Violet and her mixed breed, Skye.