Stopped Aggression & Resource Guarding
“We contacted Jen after our rescue dog started displaying aggression and resource guarding. He weighs 150 pounds, so that kind of behavior can go from bad to the emergency room quickly, so we wanted to get a handle on the issue. Jen worked with us on basic obedience as well as taking treats gently, making friends with strangers, and learning to let go of resources that he wants to guard. She really trained us on how to be better pet owners and knowing how to react to some of his behavior. Every day, I am grateful that we found Jen. Otis sits and waits patiently for his food, takes treats gently, is happy to meet (most) strangers, and does not guard his crate or toys anymore.”
Helped Anxious Dog
“Jen has been absolutely wonderful to work with in our dog training efforts. We adopted a rescue dog with significant behavioral problems and didn’t fully appreciate what we were in for. Jen was so kind and patient with us and our dog, Reuben. She was willing to travel to Durham, outside her core area, to help us. She started our training sessions in a very logical way by establishing clear training goals and tailored a program to meet our training goals. Reuben’s anxiety was so extreme that he needed medication to help him, and Jen was great with offering recommendations on natural products to try when the medications didn’t fully address Reuben’s anxiety. Reuben has made slow progress, and it would have been very easy to get discouraged during the process. Jen is very good at motivating the owners and pointing out progress that we didn’t even really see to keep us going in the process. Reuben is doing so much better these days and is a happier and more well-adjusted dog. Thanks again!”
Personalized Puppy Training
“As a first-time pet owner, I didn’t know where to begin when it came to training my puppy. Jen worked with Governor and me to develop a personalized training plan that incorporated my top concerns. I now receive frequent compliments on how well behaved my 7-month-old puppy is! I would hands down recommend Jen to anyone who needs a little help training the perfect pup! Thank you again for all of your help!”
Guidance for Fear Biter
“I wish to heartily recommend Jen Hendrickson as a dog trainer. My dog had been quarantined for biting someone at the end of 2013. Since I volunteer at Second Chance Pet Shelter, I asked for a recommendation for a dog trainer. Thank goodness, Jen was recommended! She started working with my dog Patches and me shortly after. She quickly recognized the major issue was that Patches was an extremely fearful dog and that I had to give him more guidance. The Watch Me command was introduced first. This command has made the biggest difference with Patches as it moves control from the dog to me. She has been diligent in working with both me and my dad, who also lives in the house. It is now possible to walk Patches and not worry about what will happen—something that was difficult before. She made suggestions to help Patches get more accustomed to everyday life (such as knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell throughout the day) without going into his Cujo mode. My father recently had some vertigo issues; Patches seemed to know this and act accordingly. My neighbors and visitors to my house have been impressed with how much calmer he is now. I still have a lot of work to do with him, but with Jen’s help, we will continue with our forward progress. I ask Jen for help on specific issues that I need to work on, and she always provides practical, effective answers.
I was very worried that nothing could be done to help my dog and me; Jen Hendrickson was the answer to my prayers. She saved Patches. I heartily recommend Jen as a trainer to anyone who needs help with their dog.”
Training for Both Owner & Dog
“I met Jen on a very cold January night when the rain was just before freezing. Major points already, as she was volunteering for a free question and answer session with Second Chance Adoption, the agency through which I adopted my little one-year-old Piper. There were only 3 new “parents” there, so it was easy to ask all my questions. I was impressed. Jen made some very helpful suggestions that I began to implement right away–and they worked! She explained how to do “watch me” with Piper when we meet other dogs or people while walking. She also impressed upon me that “sit” equals “please” in caninedom and gave me examples of when to encourage Piper to be more polite. I had dropped my pup off at my vet’s for obedience lessons 4-5 times, and although I thought this was helpful, I felt it was time to go in a different direction.
I got in touch with Jen, and she came over to my house for an initial free consult, which lasted 1 3/4 hours! She asked all sorts of questions to ascertain my goals (Goals? Nice dog!), explained her training price system, and I signed on. The following week, she came back with 8 pages of single-spaced goals and instructions on how to implement them. This session lasted 1 1/2 hours, and I felt that I had been in school. I told my husband I was on overload and couldn’t do anything that necessitated brain power for the rest of the day. BUT I continued to read, re-read and implement the training program. I feel that I’m being trained as much as Piper and have been thrilled with the results after just 2 (paid) sessions: I have much more confidence and so does Piper. I feel clear about my expectations of her and how to get where I want to go. Fortunately, Piper is eager to please and is highly motivated by her favorite treats. Even when excited and glad to see me, she knows she has to sit before being petted–if I can just remember! She sits automatically before I put on her harness and leash, and when walking, knows to come and sit by my side if I stop after she has started pulling. Do I have the perfect dog? Hardly. Does Piper have the perfect owner? Big-time hardly! But, with Jen’s awesome help, we are well on our way.
My higher expectations of Piper and her desire to please have strengthened our bond in ways I could not have foreseen. I have talked to my friends so much about Piper’s training that I’m afraid they may be losing patience with me. And I have recommended Jen to many. Her help in implementing a positive, reward-based training program has been well worth the time and money, which I think is very reasonable anyway. Jen expects me to work with Piper 15 min. a day and has made suggestions that make this very easy. Jen’s following words have stuck with me: Just because Piper is cute and little (7 lbs.), there is no reason to allow her to jump up on people. I have asked Jen to be totally candid with me, and she is. I am, therefore, learning so much and enjoying it immensely. And both Piper and I are benefiting.”
Taught Dog to Accept Other Dogs
“Jen was referred to me by one of my good friends. I took on a new pup in September 2013. Kirby is a bit crazy around other dogs. Jen came over to my house and met with me and Kirby. She asked many questions. The initial visit was complimentary. Jen took the information and came up with a plan on how to work with Kirby. I took her up on a discount she offered, and we met five more times. On each visit, we did things to help Kirby feel more comfortable. Jen brought her dog with her to assist with the training. Amazingly, by the third visit, Kirby accepted her pup. I can’t say that Kirby is perfect or that he couldn’t use more training, but Jen was able to give me pointers and tips on how to manage his behavior. She gets how to work with pups. I would recommend her!”
So Glad We Found Jen
Jen is so amazing & passionate about her profession. I’m so glad we found her!!
Working with Jen has been an amazing experience. We had no idea that what we thought was the “right way” to teach our dogs was actually so wrong, based on how a dog actually learns and associates things. It completely makes sense now that Jen explained the learning process.
When first coming to Jen, our dogs were just plain spoiled and could basically do whatever they wanted all the time. While we still spoil our dogs, Jen has taught us how to teach them manners around new people, respect us, and listen when instructed to do something.
It’s amazing how fast our pups are learning! We, and the dogs, look forward to every lesson! And her treats are doggie “crack” for sure!
We can’t say thank you enough!
Thank you Jen!