About Us

How Jenny became a dog trainer:

Jenny Ruth Yasi, BFA, CPDT-KA, CTDI is certified through the  Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the only independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. She’s also a certified trick dog instructor and AKC CGC evaluator, training dogs professionally since 2004, first at a Petco, then opening her business on Peaks Island, where she specialized in board and train for dogs with severe “problem” behaviors. Whole Dog Camp is now in S. Freeport Maine. Jenny trains, competes and teaches classes in a variety of dog sports (Rally, Agility, Freestyle, Tricks) as well as practical canine service behaviors.

“I grew up on a small farm where we raised rabbits and chickens for meat and eggs, we sold pony rides and goat cart rides. I worked at a barn and showed horses (barrel racing!). We had a dog who chased cars, injured repeatedly, and my parents had no idea what to do. After I became a mother, I also had “dog problems” — an aggressive german shepherd rescue — who inspired me to head back to college. I self-designed my major in Behavior Science, and which led the way through Skinnerian and Pavlovian and also Buddhist understanding of how behaviors are “conditioned!” I loved this new way of understanding how the environment shapes our behaviors, and so I studied ethology, clicker training, traveled to study with chicken, monkey, and marine mammal trainers! I still can’t get enough! I love studying animal training in general, but dogs in particular. I’ve had 10 of my own dogs over my adult life, often three dogs at a time, and I’ve been lucky to be able to sponge from some of the greatest animal trainers in the world. My dive into Susan Garrett’s “Say Yes” methods began in 2006, and continues to this day. I’m alumni in her Recallers, Agility Nation, and H360 programs. My goal is to cultivate mutual trust and understanding that helps dog/human teams reach higher in their performance potential, whether dogs are chosen as simple companions, working as therapy or service dogs, herding , skijoring, SAR, or competing in tracking, agility, obedience, rally, freestyle. Dogs are more fun when you put them to work!

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