About Our Trainers and Their Dogs
I not only have been training dogs and horses for most of my life but also am an accomplished artist. Having a piece that was used at the White House, and juried into many art shows, my mediums are sculpturing in clay mostly porcelain, welding, mosaics and painting.
I come from a background of raising, training and showing horses. My dogs were working dogs and I am now using that same knowledge and skills to train “City Dogs”. Dogs I have trained have gone on to win in Agility, Field Work, are used as Service Dogs, many many have received their Therapy Dog certifications, these dogs are working in hospitals, schools and nursing homes and reading programs, some have gone on to work for the Red Cross. I am an AKC's CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluator. My training is reward based, we teach you how to correct issues, you will be taught to understand why your dog does what he/she does, how to get that focus and bonding. I use non-traditional equipment to build confidence and trust between you and your dog. Classes are fun and rewarding, people have been coming for years to have fun, continuing obedience training, and to keep that lifetime bonding experience At Jackie's Basics and Beyond Dog Training we offer training sessions for dogs of all ages and levels. The "Life Skills" classes are taught in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, we SHOW you how execute the training, not just TELL you what to do, it's a place where you are more then a customer, you are a friend.
A full time trainer and Manager and event corrdinator at Jackie’s, she is an AKC evaluator, teaches our Puppy to Advanced Classes, Agility 101/Obedience, Trick and Private Classes. Rebecca recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelors in Animal Science. Rebecca is one of the qualified trainers that teaches the Therapy Dog Class, Puppy/Beginner, Agility 101/Obedience and Private Classes.
When Rebecca got Paisley, her first dog, she brought her to training at Jackie’s and worked with her to certify Paisley as a Therapy Dog. Five years later Rebecca came back to Jackie’s for training with another dog, which then sparked the passion for dog training as a career. First she started working minimal hours due to still being in school but right after she graduated she was on board to work full time. She now has another dog named Asher and Paisley are both certified by Dogs With A Purpose. Rebecca also has three cats and used to foster for the Wake County Animal Shelter.
A full time trainer at Jackie's, she grew up in Raleigh with a passion for animals. Lynn is a AKC evaluator, she teaches our Puppy to Advanced Classes, Private Classes, Therapy Dog, Competition Obedience and Rally Classes, she is the corrdinator for our Therapy Dog tests. She with her sister Rhonda bred, raised, trained and showed Golden Retrievers in field work, confirmation and competition obedience trials. At only 10 years old Lynn was the charter junior member of the Neuse River Golden Retriever Club. Today with her two dogs Merlot and Asti she trains and shows them in competition obedience and rally obedience trials through the year. Merlot at 5 years old has earned his BN, CD, three rally obedience titles, all three AKC CGC titles and AKC trick titles up to the performer title through the American Kennel Club. Merlot is currently working on his CDX title and and has won five legs out of 10 for the RAE rally title. Asti at 3 years old has earned his BN, RN and his Rally Intermediate title through the American Kennel Club, all three AKC CGC titles, AKC trick titles up to the Advanced title and is a certified therapy dog with Dogs with a Purpose. Asti is currently working on his CD through the American Kennel Club and his Advanced rally title. Lynn serves as a top trainer and office manager at Jackies Basics and Beyond.
Isabelle (Izzy) Miller
A full time trainer at Jackie’s. Izzy trains our Puppy to Advanced Classes, Agility 101/Obedience, Service Dog, Out & About, and Private Classes. She has been living in Raleigh her whole life but moved away to attend college at Virginia Tech University. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science, emphasizing in companion animals and horses. She teaches Puppy/Beginner, Agility 101/Obedience, Service Dog Classes, and special Out & About training sessions. Isabelle has volunteered for the SPCA and worked as a Veterinary Assistant. She also spent a summer in Colorado working with wolves at a nonprofit organization. She has her own dog at home named Bree who has begun taking classes at Jackie’s. Isabelle has a passion for all animals that began when she was young, leading to her mom nicknaming her the “beast master.” She has a special place in her heart for dogs of all sorts and sizes. Her favorite part of the job is seeing each dog’s unique personality! Isabelle loves all of the people and their furry friends that come to Jackie’s!
“To the world you are one person, but to your dog you are the world"
With a background in horse training and a lifetime love for dogs, Ann's interest in dog training was sparked when she met Jackie 9 years ago to train her now 14 year old lab rescue, Sally. She returned to Jackie several years later to train her Doberman puppy, Nora, and was encouraged to continue professionally. The reward for time spent learning Jackie's training methods and techniques continues to be something that she appreciates daily, and alongside her BA in Psychology (Mills College, CA) helps her teach clients about conditioning and the shaping of behaviors through positive training. The amazing and rewarding experience of dog training is something Ann hopes to encourage and foster in clients while helping them create the strong bonds and confidence that training provides. Ann teaches Puppy/ Beginner through Advanced, Agility/Obedience 101, AKC CGG class, Therapy and Puppy Explore. She is also mother to 2 teenage sons, an avid reader and knitter, and speaks Swedish fluently. Her other dog training heroes are Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, and Karen Pryor.
Brandon is our Behavior Modification trainer, he has been training dogs his whole life. Following a chance meeting with a well known dog trainer, Brandon was advised that he had the aptitude required to start training dogs professionally. One week later, Brandon began volunteering for the Humane Society in Connecticut and eventually ended up running the behavior program. Later, he would start his own business doing behavior rehabilitation and modification as well as basic obedience.
After moving to North Carolina he eventually began working at a local animal center as the behaviorist, trainer, kennel tech and daycare attendant gaining more experience and knowledge of the pet business. During this time, he also earned a degree in dog psychology and in canine emotion and cognition to add to his knowledge of the dog's mind.
Once he obtained his degrees, he then began working at another animal hospital as a trainer. There he met a mentor who taught him Schutzhund influenced training and obedience. He ultimately continued studying schutzhund and used it to influence his style of obedience training.
Sarah has been working with Jackie for almost 6 years with her two rescue dogs, Butler and Gypsy. Both Butler and Gypsy are certified therapy dogs who also compete in competition obedience and rally. Both Butler and Gypsy have earned their BN, CD, RN, all three AKC CGC titles, and trick titles up to the advance title through the American Kennel Club. You could say Sarah was born into the world of dog training. Sarah learned the importance of dog training at an early age from her mother, Rhonda, who raised, bred, and showed Golden Retrievers and Otterhounds in field work, tracking, confirmation, and competition obedience. Sarah was also inspired and motivated to compete in obedience from her aunt, Lynn Williams, who is also a dog trainer here at Jackie’s Basics and Beyond. Sarah has always had a passion for animals and has spent most of her life dedicated to rescuing and caring for different animals. She has fostered dogs and cats with a local rescue and from the Wake County Animal Shelter. Sarah has also spent the last 10 years of her life Pet and House Sitting for individuals who go out of town and need their animals to be cared for. While working towards her Masters of Social Work, Sarah completed her internship at the NC State Veterinary Hospital. Sarah offered crisis intervention and grief counseling to those who had to make difficult decisions regarding their beloved pets. Sarah has since graduated from North Carolina State University with her Masters of Social Work and is now working full time at a local non-profit agency.