Background & experience…

Jacqueline is a current graduate student with Virginia Tech completing her Masters in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare! She completed her undergrad studies at Eastern Michigan University where she was a research student under Dr. Jamie Cornelius studying bird behavior, and physiology. Jacqueline received her certification in Canine Emotion and Cognition from Duke University, and is pet CPR certified. She is working toward becoming an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB). Other certifications include: CPDT-KA, and Fear Free Animal Trainer.

Jacqueline has worked with numerous rescue/non-profit organizations including Animal Rescue Coalition, Villalobos Rescue Center, Detroit Bully Corps, Allforkarma, Humane Society of Livingston, MI Lab Rescue, Stiggys Dogs, DogAide, Blue Star Service Dogs, and Bark Nation. She has a strong background in working with rescue animals who suffer from fear-based aggression/anxiety. Jacqueline has been a foster, and now “foster-failure”, for Last Day Dog Rescue, and that is where her current rescue dog, Porter, came from.

Aside from her rescue work, Jacqueline has been fortunate enough to work in the medical field of animal welfare as well, first working for Countryside Veterinary Hospital for almost three years as a receptionist fielding urgent calls, and assisting the veterinarians/technicians with holding/soothing animals during procedures. She then worked as a technician during the vaccine clinic days for the public at the Humane Society of Livingston, and eventually at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services as a technician assistant in the ER. Because of this, Jacqueline has strong insight on common medical problems that can lead to behavioral issues which allows her to better assist her clients and their dogs.

Jacqueline has been a professional dog trainer since the launch of her business in March of 2014, and has worked in the field of animal welfare since November of 2012. She is a force-free trainer offering services in the southeast Michigan area. All breeds, sizes, and ages are welcome!

Jacqueline was recently voted the #2 trainer in Detroit, and #3 trainer in Michigan. She is recommended by veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists.

Jacqueline is available for podcast interviews, veterinary clinic education (lunch & learn), rescue/shelter education, and other educational events. Please send an email to for more information!

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