Force Free Dog Training
Discover the joy of training your dog!
Positive learning environment
Manners & CGC Prep
K9 Nose Work® & Tricks
Serving South County, RI
Meet the Trainer!
JoAnna, or Jo, has been training dogs on a professional level for 6 years. She has worked with hundreds of dogs of varying ages and breeds and can apply these previous experiences to provide you with excellent coaching. She loves coaching people to train their dogs!
Jo has BS in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island. She completed the NACSW instructor training program and is now a Certified Nose Work Instructor or CNWI bringing you top quality coaching. She is also an AKC CGC Evaluator. She is now pursuing CAAE certification with the Ethology Institute.
She has also completed the Karen Pryor Academy Foundation course and attends numerous educational opportunities to advance her own training. She is certified via Pet Emergency Education in First Aid and CPR for both dogs and cats.
Her commitment to continuing education ensures you will receive the most up to date, positive, science based training methods.
She is actively competing in both agility and K9 Nose Work®. Her competition experiece will bring you an insiders vew into the competitive sport of K9 Nose Work® ensuring you are prepared for your journey.
Prior to dog training she worked as a veterinary and pharmacy technician. Those are demanding jobs that require precision, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask which are all skills that carry over to dog training as well. These are skills she will use to help you on your journey with your dog.
Apprentice Dog Trainer!
Sarah has been an exceptional student and her dedication to her dog, Billy, is apparent. She has been a student since Mischief Managed’s first class in October 2018 and it has been incredible to watch her grow as a handler and as a team.
She and Billy have passed their Manners classes with flying colors and have acquired their AKC Canine Good Citizen Title. They are now working on AKC Trick Dog Titles.
They have also been participating in K9 Nose Work® classes where they are excelling as a team. They will make fierce competitors in the sport of K9 Nose Work®.
She will continue to work her own dog, Billy, in group classes. In addition she will begin shadowing both group classes and private lessons. Then she will begin student teaching and ultimately take on teaching some classes of her own!
She will also pursue furthering her education and knowledge in the professional dog training world. She is certfied via Pet Emergency Education in First Aid and CPR for both dogs and cats.
Meet the Interns!
We are very excited to bring on student interns from the University of Rhode Island. These students are eligible for academic credit and are excited to learn more about training dogs and exploring the world of training as a possible career path. They are also dedicated to force free dog training!
Cassidy K. URI Intern
Cassidy is a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Animal Science. She is from Marlboro, New Jersey.
She has been training a chicken name General Tsao for her advanced animal behavior class and they have had some amazing success.
Cassidy has been riding horses for approximately 8 years and is a member of the URI Equestrian Team.
Cassidy has been teaching private lessons as a horse instructor back home in NJ. One of her favorite horses is a big, white Quarter Horse named Rocky.
She has also worked for an animal shelter. She is very interested in animal training and hopes to pursue a career in this field.
Kelsey S. URI Intern
Kelsey is a senior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Animal Science. She is originally from Cape Cod, but now resides full time in RI.
Kelsey has an Associate Degree from North Shore Community Collge in Danvers, MA in Animal Care.
She has worked with cats and dogs for 5 years in boarding and day care settings, grooming, and shelter facilities.
Prior to her animal career path Kelsey was a writing major, but soon realized animal care and science was her calling. She hasn’t looked back since!
She is looking forward to her internship and expanding her dog training skills. Pictured is her dog, Morgan, and she also shares her home with a cat and 3 rats!
Meet the Canine Trainers!
Breed: Miniature American Shepherd
Jobs: Calming Chaos Teaser Dog, Nose Work Demo Dog, CGC Neutral Dog, Treat Cleaner Upper!
Breed: Chinese Crested (Hairless)
Jobs: Calming Chaos Teaser Dog, Nose Work Demo Dog, & Treat Cleaner Upper Extraordinairre!
Continuing Education by Jo and/or team:
Recallers, Handling 360, & Agility Nation with Susan Garrett
Click to Calm for the Reactive Dog Seminar with Emma Parsons
K9 Nose Work® Camp 3 years in PA
Numerous courses at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Karen Pryor Academy Foundation Course
How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z by Michael Shikashio
Aggression in Dogs: A Master Course for Trainers and Behavior Consultants by Michael Shikashio
CPR Plus Certification by Pet Emergency Education
Numerous K9 Nose Work® seminars including those presented by Amy Herot, Ron Gaunt, Jill Marie O’Brien, Sue Sternberg, Gail McCarthy, Jean Richardson, Michael McManus, and Jason Heng.