Since she was a child, Jessica has had a natural ability to communicate with dogs. She often practiced different training techniques on her family dog, Murphy. (Much to his dismay, she’s sure!) She could usually be found out in the backyard setting up and running through agility courses with him. Since then, she has trained and rehabilitated many dogs, with many different problems. Jessica is the person that friends and family called on when they had an issue with their dog.
A few years ago Jessica recognized the need for a skilled dog trainer, specializing in behavior modification in Virginia, and opened The Balanced Dog, LLC. She has focused her time successfully helping both dogs and their human families understand each other better. Jessica also works closely with the local SPCA, and has extensive experience fostering and training local shelter dogs presenting with various issues.
Jessica is an associate member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), an organization established to maintain the highest standards of professional and business practices among canine professionals. Its aim is to provide support and representation for all professional occupations involved with any aspect of canine management, health, training and husbandry.
Jessica is also a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International and President of local Virginia Chapter 296. Therapy dogs visit hospitals, retirement communities, schools, and libraries to give emotional support to those in need. Jessica has a certified therapy dog, Kayla, and the team actively works in the community, with both seniors and children. She also teamed up with local libraries and started the “Dogs 2 Read To” program several years ago. This program is now held at both the Bridgewater and Main Branches of the Massanutten Regional Library. Reading to a dog allows a child to relax and have fun, knowing that a dog will not judge or correct.