Hi, I’m Jill Breitner,
For 40 years now, as a dog trainer I have devoted myself to coaching clients about the nature of dogs i.e, their body language and energy- as it relates to effective training for both dogs and humans alike. This knowledge transforms relationships as I coach owners to develop the leadership skills that they need to successfully train their dog. When I speak of leadership, I refer to a benevolent leader, not a pack leader. My focus is on creating joyful and respectful relationships between people and the animals that enrich our lives so much.
I have been fortunate to have trained many celebrities dogs and am very grateful to have been able to help them, help their dogs. Some of my clients include; Jerry Bruckheimer, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Kelly LaBrock, Steven Segal, Bea Arthur, Debbie Boone and many more.
I have professionally trained Companion, Therapy and Service Dogs for thousands of clients. Beyond helping you master the skills needed to train your dog, I also help match the right puppy for families. I volunteer in animal shelters, helping staff better understand dog psychology and behavior. I love writing about my experience with clients and their dogs as a teaching tool for my blog and am also an award winning author of The Dog Writers Association of America, and write for The Whole Dog Journal and Dogster Magazine
My lifelong interest in helping people train their dogs began at age nine after reading a LIFE magazine article about Dr. Jane Goodall. Goodall’s work observing chimpanzees fired my own devotion to animals into a full-blown passion. From that early age, I keenly observed the creatures around me and how people interacted with them. Years later, my zeal schooled by a degree in Animal Science from Pierce College in Los Angeles and sharpened by working as a Veterinary Technician, I came to understand that my true calling was coaching people how to better understand and train their dog.
In the name of safety and humane education between dogs and humans, I created a smartphone app about dog body language. Dog Decoder was inspired by the huge numbers of people being bitten by dogs because of the lack of understanding about how to read dogs. You can find out more about the app on the Dog Decoder App page. The app is used worldwide by veterinarians, shelters, dog trainers, behaviorists and everyone who loves or works with dogs. Get yours now and start learning what your dog is trying so hard to tell you. It’s available in iTunes and Googleplay.
Mentoring other canine professionals: trainers, groomers, vet techs, dog day care staff, shelter staff has been a passion of mine and it’s become a very viable way to help professionals in the dog industry who want one on one mentoring to further their skills with their human clients as well as their doggie clients. It’s a win win win and has proven to be very successful. Find out more.
I service the west coast; from Seattle to San Diego area, as well as online training sessions worldwide. I live with my beloveds–all rescued animals: two dogs Oscar and Timber and my two favorite mounts, Oriah and Bodhi. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, riding my horses and hiking with my dogs.
I’ve been teaching low stress animal husbandry handling for visits to vets, groomers, day care, dog walkers, etc. 40 years. Learning how to brush your dog, administer medications, treat ears, eyes, trim your dogs nails; you name it, I can help you help your dog be less anxious during these otherwise stressful times. I completed a certification course from Fear Free Pets, so that I could see if there was anything missing from my program and was thrilled to be validated that I’m doing the very best that I can, to help you alleviate any stress or fear in your dog, at any juncture of her life.
I offer online training sessions, via Zoom, Facebook video and FaceTime. Sessions are $200 per one hour session.
I have also completed a certification course in Animal Behavior and Welfare at The University of Edinburgh.
I look forward to helping you help your dog feel safe and happy in the world.
Contact me now for a free evaluation or set up an online training session, in the comfort of your own home.