Jen Walker, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

Jen and Moonby

Jen Walker and her dog Moonby

New: Jen talks about choosing a dog trainer on the 2/11/18 program.

Jen Walker has spent over a dozen years working in animal shelters, with strong emphases on humane education, community outreach, and companion animal behavior.

She has a Certificate in Training and Counseling from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and is a Certified Humane Education Specialist through the Humane Society of the United States.

Jen is a Program Trainer with UnChained and has apprenticed with Mardi Richmond of Good Dog Santa Cruz.

She has attended (and sometimes presented at) numerous conferences, workshops and seminars, and is deeply committed to continuing education for herself and others, including unpaid roles on several nonprofit director and advisory boards.

Jen has written for magazines such as Growing Up in Santa Cruz, Coastal Canine Magazine, and Spot. She is a licensed presenter of Family Paws (an international program assisting expectant parents and families with children with their pet-related challenges) and a longtime member of Delta Pet Partners (animal-assisted therapy). She also has done extensive public speaking before large public groups and on radio and television.

Jen’s dog training business can be found at firstfriends.biz.

Jen holds the following certifications and professional memberships:

CHES: Certified Humane Education Specialist, Humane Society of the United States
CTC: Certificate in Training and Counseling, Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers
APHE: Association of Professional Humane Educators
APDT: Association of Professional Dog Trainers
IAABC: International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
PPG: Pet Professionals Guild

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