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Jill Marie O'Brien, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Jill Marie O'Brien, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Jill Marie O'Brien, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Jill Marie has been working with and training dogs for over twenty years. Since 1996 Jill Marie has worked for a major animal welfare organization in Southern California and for most her time there she has held the position of Director of Behavior and Training. One of her many accomplishments has been the creation and continuing development of the agency's first Animal Behavior and Training Department in its 130 plus year history.

Jill Marie's dog training experience includes: tracking, Schutzhund, agility, animal assisted therapy, and detection training along with many hours of nose work training and instructing. Her training philosophy is one of building strong working relationships and bonds between dogs and their handlers using positive, fun and motivational techniques. She is a strong advocate of ongoing education and development of skills. Not only has she attended many educational conferences and courses, but has organized educational events featuring some of the most sought-after lecturers and behavior experts in the world. She believes education for the humans is as important as education for the canines. Jill Marie is certified with Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the facilitator for the Southern California Dog Trainers' Forum, and a long-time member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Jill Marie and her Border Collie, Beckett, are a nationally certified Narcotics Detection Team and took 1st place, novice division, in the Oxnard Police K9 Inaugural Trial, 2009. Jill and her other dogs have earned many training titles and have competed at the USDAA's Grand Prix of Dog Agility for two consecutive years. Jill Marie's newest member to her canine pack, Raven, a Belgian Malinois, is well on her way to someday being a working partner and detection dog.



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