Hi! I'm Jean M. Jahnke, CPDT-KA
I have been training dogs since 1999, specializing in helping fearful and aggressive dogs.
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for
Professional Dog Trainers, Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog
Trainers, member of the Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin, and the Pet Professional Guild,
and an AKC-certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator. In addition to helping shy and
reactive dogs, I also teach agility, CGC, obedience for adult dogs and puppies, and
provide behavioral consultations.
Additionally, I provide behavioral assistance to rescue groups, including BREW and LEARN.
To help with this effort, I created My Dog's Tutor to assist those with shy dogs who need
help at all hours and may live anywhere across the states. My client base includes
residents of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, and Northern Wisconsin.
I was instrumental in establishing the shy dog program at the Wisconsin Humane Society and have presented dog behavior and shy dog seminars for the Discovery World Youth Camp, Burlington WI Pet Wellness Fair, Car-Dun-al Dog Training Club (Huntley, IL), Sheboygan Dog Training Club, BREW Midwest (Beagle rescue), and Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue. I have also presented clicker training sessions, including one for Heartland Farm Sanctuary where I worked with a 400-lb pig!
I’ve been working on getting the word out to help fearful dogs and their advocates enjoy agility. To do this, I contributed to an article in Clean Run magazine May 2012 article, "Competing with a Shy Dog," and documented my dog’s journey in the Fetch Magazine article “Agility for Fearful or Reactive Dogs.” In October 2012, I brought Therapeutic Agility to the Midwest by hosting Michele Godlevski’s seminar "Specialized Agility Instruction for Fearful, Reactive, or Distracted Dogs."
Additionally, I am a freelance writer. Here are links to articles I've written for Fetch Magazine:
My husband Ron (who assists with dogs that are afraid of men) and I proudly own and love our dogs: 9-year old Mini-Aussie C-ATCH4 "Theo" (ChST, ChCL, ChFH, ChJU, ChWC, ChJP, ChSN, CGC, NW1, HIC), and puppy in training Mini-Aussie "Betty." We recently lost our 15-year old Mini-Aussie CT-ATCH "KC" (TChFH, CGC), who was our first agility dog and the sweetest girl around. She gave us love unconditionally. But it was our 12-year old German Shepherd "Rudy" who inspired me to focus on dogs with issues. Rudy was genetically shy, yet travelled with us from the East to West coasts. He will always be remembered in our hearts as the loving boy who taught us how to help him shine through his fear.
Our dog family enjoys travelling, agility, boating, nose work, and just having fun together!