Friday, April 01, 2011 : 9:57:23 AM Updated Friday, April 01, 2011 : 9:58:31 AM
Jennifer Barr ABCDT, has worked with dogs practically her entire life. From the age of 11 she volunteered at a local rescue and studied dog training on her own. She was a self-taught dog trainer and dog groomer and once managed one of the busiest boarding kennels in her hometown of Sacramento, California. When she met and married her husband, a Vehicle Operator in the US Air Force, they moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where he is currently stationed. For many years, Jennifer devoted most of her time to her children and her own animals but when her kids started school full-time she decided to become a Certified Dog Trainer.
Jennifer decided on ABC’s program because of its flexibility and military friendliness and says, “Given I never know my husband’s schedule, I wanted a school that would allow me to work at my own pace so I could continue to support my husband and devote enough time to my children. My husband deploys frequently and ABC gave me the freedom to complete my certification program and be present for my family. Even with my tight schedule I was able to complete the course in a very timely manner.” Jennifer recently graduated with honors in an astounding time of three months.
Even though Jennifer has been training dogs for many years she was amazed at how much she learned while completing her training through ABC, “I learned a lot more than I ever thought I would. The detail behind problem behaviors was exceptional and the business building stage was so helpful that I now have the confidence to pursue my dream of starting my own business. I also know that I can take my training anywhere my husband may be stationed.”
Jennifer and her family will be staying in Cheyenne for the foreseeable future and thanks to her MyCAA benefits she is currently hard at work getting her second certification from ABC as a Veterinary Assistant. Once she receives her certification, Jennifer will be opening her own dog training facility where she will focus on helping the many military families in the area and specialize in training service dogs; an ambition she did not know she had until she came to ABC. Jennifer says, “ABC opened the door for me to begin working with and learn more about the training of service dogs. I have seen first hand the difference these dogs make everyday in peoples lives and I am excited to be able to help dogs and people as a team.”
She says her spare time is filled with animals and continues to donate her time at the local shelter as well as work with her certified therapy dog, Zues. Jennifer and Zues travel weekly to the VA Hospital and local assisted living centers. In addition, on the last Friday of each month, you can find them at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, where children are encouraged to read by reading books to Zues, who is Jennifer’s four year old Doberman Pinscher.
Jennifer sums it up by saying, “ABC and the MyCAA program are helping me achieve my dreams. Whether you have trained dogs your whole life or are just getting started, the program is awesome. I am a veteran trainer and a perfect example that you really can teach an old dog a new trick after all.”
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