Utopian Canine

Taylors, SC

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How does your service stand out?

Many trainers decide to get involved with training because they have a connection with dogs, "good dog skills" so to speak. What sets me apart from others is I have great people skills and easily connect with dogs. I love working with and teaching people and their pets. I have spent the last 15 years in the service industry as a licensed cosmetologist and Realtor. This experience has taught me patience, and a genuine caring for others. My passion is and always has been dogs. I recently returned to college to become a licensed PTA(Physical Therapist Assistant, another great people field) and will be graduating from the program this fall.It is my plan to incorporate my love and experience with dogs and training into my physical therapy work. It is such a rewarding experience to use well trained dogs to assist the elderly and stroke patients in their improvement and recovery.
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Taylors, SC 29687

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7 Reviews
  • Peggy C. Nov 1, 2013
    Dog Training
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  • Caleb R. Jul 1, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Wonderful communication, very professional and willing to accomodate my dogs' needs. Thank you - highly recommended!
  • Nicole L. Jun 17, 2013
    I initially contacted Jennifer to help train my new English Mastiff puppy. But on the first visit Jennifer quickly showed me it was more like human training. She should me how to effectively communicate with my puppy what I expected from him. When the pizza delivery guys come to the house they are amazed we can have the front door wide open and the dogs stay! Jennifer is fantastic! We are very pleased!
  • Mary H. May 29, 2013
    I have had the pleasure to take instruction with Jennifer in 3 different dog training classes. My dog Morgen, a black lab, and I started with Jennifer in puppy class, moved on to intermediate and then completed advanced training. Morgen is only 10 months old and we are always getting complimented on his great behavior in public at such a young age. Jennifer kept the classes stimulating and fun for both the human and dog. She is very skilled and has abundant knowledge in dog training and handling. Anyone attending Jennifer's training classes will not be disappointed. She is a true professional.
  • Amber S. May 28, 2013
    I took my English Mastif puppy to Jennifer for training and was very happy with the results! She worked well with him and I saw results after every session. I plan to go back to her in the future for more advanced training! Highly recommended!
  • Beverly C. May 26, 2013
    I have known Jen for years thru our connection with poodles, and have had occasion to use her services several times. The most recent experience involved having her evaluate a litter of seven 8wk old standard poodle puppies. One of those pups is going to a serious obedience-agility owner, and I wanted Jen's expertise to make the right selection. She did a GREAT job, even helping me solidify my selection of another pup for future therapy work. I plan on having her evaluate all of my future puppies!!
  • Chasity W. May 26, 2013
    she is an awesome trainer our masttif is so well behaved because of her. We have referred a couple of people to her and they were also pleased with her work we are going to continue to work with her in the future! I suggest that everyone should take their furry freinds to her.


How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have had a connection with dogs since I was a child. My grandmother had a beautiful high energy German shorthaired pointer that I remember training to heel in the front yard. I started taking dog training classes in my early adulthood (many years ago). The training was correction based and all dogs were required to wear a choke chain. A team we where not! Heeling was atrocious with both dogs avoiding a correction like the plague. I ended up dragging the dog along behind me while we "heeled" around the ring. I think the dogs were hoping If I couldn't see them, then maybe the corrections would stop. My dogs hated training and I was unsatisfied with the results. My trainer was well known in the area and was the go to guy for difficult dogs that the local shelters and veterinary services referred to( my vet had told me about him). He was tough but that is what a dog trainer should be right? I knew something was really wrong when he brought his "well trained" bull terrier out to show us how it was done. This poor animal lagged worse than my dogs. It was time to do some research on my own. I found a new trainer quite a distance from where I lived. I was instantly hooked on this new style of training called clicker training. I decided to give agility a try to help my dogs get over their hatred of the leash and collar that had formed from years of corrections.The dogs thrived with clicker trainer and I was hooked! A few years later as clicker training started becoming more known, I worked as an assistant trainer to an AKC rally obedience judge who specialized in clicker training to work with aggression and fear biting issues. I soaked up knowledge about animal behavior and training fearful dogs. Many years later I received a pet trainer certification through Petsmart and worked part time helping others with their dogs. I was a Realtor at the time but truly loved teaching classes. My position was head trainer overseeing 3 other trainers and it was my job to work with all dogs who had aggression issues. I stayed with Petsmart for 5 years and they transferred me to 3 different stores as I moved around the country. Then the competition bug bit! I started competing in obedience and rally obedience on a limited basis with great success. While I enjoy showing, my passion is helping others create a great training relationship with their pets. My focus is on training/socializing dogs to have great manners and live easily within a home environment. I pull expertise from many venues such as agility and therapy dog training to make this possible. 5 years ago I moved to Greenville South Carolina and started teaching classes here on a limited basis. I love working with people and their family pets.It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment watching their relationships blossom.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Teach private and semi private obedience classes specializing in basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Teach therapy dog training classes to prepare dog and handler to pass therapy dog screening. Litter evaluations testing for a puppies working/obedience ability. I DO NOT TEACH PROTECTION TRAINING OR BOARD AND TRAIN PROGRAMS.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
8 week old puppy and owner came for training. With a motivated owner and 6 weeks of training lessons the gains were enormous. At the end of 6 weeks the puppy would sit, stay with distractions, leave a cookie on the floor and not touch it when told, lay down on cue, greet people without jumping and come exuberantly when the owner calls him.