Meet The Dog Trainers!




Dog Trainer South Kingstown Rhode Island

Jo graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Track. She is also a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Professional Trainer, Certified Nose Work Instructor, and Fear Free Trainer.

Jo has been training dogs on a professional level since 2013. 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!

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 experience will bring you an insider’s view 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.

She lives in South County with her wonderful husband, 4 children, 8 dogs, cats, hedgehog, and snake!



Meet the Team!





Charles CPDT-KA

Charles CPDT-KA

Sam BS

Sam BS

Miranda BS, KPA CTP

Miranda BS, KPA CTP

Meet the Interns!

Each semester we welcome interns from the University of Rhode Island who are majoring in Animal Science. The interns mostly work in our day training programs, but you may see them pop up in group classes and private lessons as well!

Meet the Canine Trainers!

The Canine Trainers have very important jobs to do! They provide “distractions” for dogs practicing their manners. They help other dogs prepare for the AKC CGC Test and are also the neutral dogs used for CGC Testing.

One of their most important, and difficult jobs, is to be a neutral dog for dogs learning they don’t need to lunge and bark at other dogs. These guys are regular fixtures in our Calming Chaos Class as well as Private Lessons where we are helping dogs overcome their fear, unruliness, or leash aggression towards other dogs. They may be barked at, but they need to remain calm and relatively stationary while the other dogs are learning!

The Canine Trainers are also frequently called upon to demonstrate something either for a single student, a whole class, or even for a demonstration at a local school or business.

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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

CARAT Workshop with Suzanne Clothier

K9 Nose Work® Camp 3 years in PA

Numerous courses at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Karen Pryor Academy 

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.

IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) Lectures & Webinars

Treat-Retreat Certification Course (currently enrolled) by Suzanne Clothier

L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Course (enrolled for Fall 2021) by Kim Brophey



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