Jenny Efimova is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and Fear Free Certified Training Professional

Jenny is skilled in using science-based positive reinforcement training and behavior modification techniques that make teaching your dog fast, effective, and fun. As a Fear Free training professional, Jenny is experienced in helping reduce fear, anxiety, and stress associated with veterinary visits, grooming, and handling by empowering and teaching dogs to cooperate in their own care.

Jenny holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Public Administration from Northeastern University. She earned a certificate of excellence for completing Living and Learning with Animals, a comprehensive course focusing on the technology of applied behavior analysis. Jenny is committed to continuing her education by taking part in training and behavior courses, seminars, workshops, and online learning. 

Jenny is a trainer at The Happy Dog in Brookline, Massachusetts, and serves as a volunteer trainer with PittieLove Rescue Inc. She is a training member of The Pet Professional Guild, the Association for Force-Free Professionals.

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I came to dog training after more than a decade working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. I owe this life-changing adventure to my rescue dog, Larkin, who taught me that animals, much like people, require compassion, dignity, and agency to live healthy and fulfilling lives. 

Through helping Larkin overcome his fears and build confidence and resiliency, I witnessed firsthand the transformative effects of positive reinforcement training and the power of choice in the lives of animals. It was this experience that made it clear to me that how we teach our dogs matters as much as what we teach them.

I believe that teaching dogs should be informed by science, rooted in compassion, and centered on choice. In this spirit, I aim to create a learning environment that is safe, empowering, and accessible for every dog.

When we look beyond conventional idea of obedience and instead focus on teaching our dogs the skills they need to live successfully in our world, give them opportunities to engage in natural behaviors, and provide them with the ability to make choices, we help create happy and well-adjusted companions.

My experience advocating for survivors of trauma deeply informs my approach and gives me a unique perspective on how to help people effectively and humanely work with their dogs.

I can't wait to help you get you started on a path towards a more joyful and satisfying life with your dog!