Our VSDT Trainers
"If you ever consider writing a book, consider writing from the perspective of the changes in your human clients. My work with you has taught me so much about myself and has helped me overcome many behaviors that have never served me well. "
Jill Halstead, CTC
Jill Halstead is a 2004 graduate of the renowned San Francisco SPCA Dog Trainer Academy. (Click here to visit the Academy's website)
Since then, she has worked as a certified, full-time, professional trainer. She has worked successfully with several thousands dogs and their owners during those years. Many of the dogs and their people have worked on simple sit to greet, come when called and other basic training.
After a few years, Jill recognized there was a unfilled need in her service area to help dogs with aggression problems. Owners were unable to find help for their dogs while in their homes and out in the world. These were places where problem/aggressive behaviors were happening. So, Jill started specializing in helping dogs with aggression problems. She has been able to help these thousands of dogs and people with these concerns too.
Many of Jill's clients tell her that they felt so good about their training experience with her. Neither dog nor human gets upset or judged. Instead, we just work on what we need to work on as a team using positive methods.
Like Emily, Jill continues to use up-to-date, scientifically proven training methods.
Emily Lewis, ACDBC
Emily loves working with pet parents and their dogs to strengthen the human animal bond through positive training. Over the last 16 years she has worked with a variety of breeds from terriers to mastiffs to mutts. She has experience with rescue dogs and the unique issues they face - and is the proud owner of three of her very own. She has also owned and trained deaf, blind, and physically impaired dogs, and this is an area close to her heart.
Emily will never use fear or pain to train your dog. Instead, you will work together to create a strong relationship between you and your dog, building a life time of trust and communication. This style of training is essential for service dog work.
Emily has a passion for working with disabled individuals, which started when she was in high school. She began teaching lessons at a horse therapy barn for children with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Now Emily and her certified therapy dog, Fisher, visit with people of all ages and abilities.