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 as the owner of Happy Hound Training, and teaches group dog training classes and runs the Train-Your-Own Service Dog Program for Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, VA.
Jill demonstrates her commitment to professional integrity by maintaining membership in the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional, Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT), & the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Jill’s professional experience highlights include serving as the Lead Instructor and Director of Service Dog Training for world-renowned author and dog trainer Pat Miller, 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.
*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.