Jill Freifeld, CPDT-KA, ABCDT
Jill Freifeld is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed (CPDT-KA)* and an Animal Behavior College honors graduate. She offers in-home behavior modification and dog training services, and teaches group dog training classes at Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, Virginia. As Lead Trainer for world-renowned author and dog trainer Pat Miller, Jill mentors apprentices, teaches classes, and serves as the Director of the Peaceable Paws Partners Service Dog Training Program.
Jill demonstrates her commitment to professional integrity by maintaining membership in the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive, Professional Dog Trainers (MAAPPPT), & the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Jill’s professional experience highlights include opening and managing a dog daycare, running America’s Vetdogs’ service dog training prison puppy program, building a successful dog walking and pet sitting company, and presenting a lecture on dog play and body language at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.
Jill constantly works to increase her knowledge of various training-related issues including learning theory, nutrition, cognition and ethology. She regularly attends workshops and seminars to stay abreast of the most up-to-date dog training methodologies and theories. Jill’s continuing education has included work with such dog training luminaries as Sue Sternberg, Suzanne Clothier, Shade Whitesel, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Linda Tellington-Jones, Ken McCort, Dr. Susan Friedman, Ken Ramirez, and Pat Miller.
Jill has been working with animals for more than 30 years, and for more than 10 years as a professional dog trainer. When she's not helping Happy Hound Training clients reach their dog training goals, Jill lives in Boonsboro, MD with her redbone coonhound/Rottweiler mix Bart.
*Attaining CPDT certification required 350 hours of hands-on experience as a lead trainer, recommendation letters from clients and other animal behavior professionals, as well as passing an independently monitored computerized test that consisted of 250 questions covering instruction skills, learning theory, ethology, training equipment and animal husbandry. Maintaining CPDT-KA certification requires continuing education to stay abreast of developments in training and behavior.