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At Dog Training by PJ, our dog trainers are:
     · Certified Professional Dog Trainers-Knowledge Assessed ~ CPDT-KA
     · Professional Members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
     · Professional Members of Association of Animal Behavior
     · Professional Members of the Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors
     · AKC-Canine Good Citizen (CGC& S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluators

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers serves to establish and maintain a series of standards for professional competence in professional dog training by certifying dog training professionals. Standards are based on humane practices and the latest scientific knowledge.  Competence in training practices is promoted through the re-certification of qualified professionals.


Pamela "PJ" Wangsness, AABP-CDT, CPDT-KA was born and raised in Reno. PJ has been training animals since she was 11 years of age beginning with a “wild mustang.” PJ was the first trainer in Northern Nevada to earn an international Level I certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA.) in 2002. PJ is an Animal Behavior Specialist and "train-the-trainer" trainer who can assist you with your dog’s behavioral issues and training needs. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild, a Professional Member of the Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, and an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC-CGC) and (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs, PJ takes animal training and education seriously and since 2004 has been a Trainer Mentor (Train-the-Trainer) for Animal Behavior College. Just a note: most dog trainers in northern Nevada who've graduated from Animal Behavior College, (ABC-DT) have most likely been trained by PJ.

In 2010, Animal Behavior College spotlighted PJ for training more than thirty dog trainers. In addition, she is a regular guest speaker/trainer for the Veterinary Technician Program at Truckee Meadows Community College. In February 2014, PJ graduated with Honors from the Certificate Program offered by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers: Canine Socialization and Psychological Development for Puppies. PJ volunteers throughout the area and rescues small dogs with a 501c3 non-profit organization, Chihuahua Rescue Truckee Meadows, Inc. She is active with her horses and dogs. Of course, she enjoys her cats and her donkey, chickens, goats and potbelly pigs. She is passionate about educating and assisting people with their pets, whether dogs, cats or horses and yes, the occasional rabbit." Join a class today and see first-hand why most people, professionals and owners alike, refer to Dog Training by PJ as the number one place to train your dog or get help with behavior issues.


Susie Jensen, ABCDT, CPDT-KA was born in Denmark but moved to the US with her family in 2008. They settled in the Reno area where they have lived ever since.

She had her first German Shepherd in 1984 and have owned the breed for more than 30 years. She currently has a German Shepherd and a Pit Bull Terrier. She had trained all her own dogs basic obedience and Agility.

When she came to Reno in 2008, she started volunteering at local animal shelters – she started out by just walking the dogs, but it soon grew into helping with everything concerning the rescue dogs including evaluations and helping dogs with behavior challenges. Susie found her purpose in life helping our four legged friends and she continues to train and help dogs and their owners on a daily basis.

Susie graduated at Animal Behavior College in 2015 and was certified as a CPDT-KA in June 2018. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers as well as The Pet Professional Guild. She is continuously pursuing to better herself with continued education and has successfully completed with Certification: Understanding Canine Behavior, Pet First Aid and CPR, Canine Massage and will keep going to constantly learn new things about our canine friends.

Susie strongly believes in Positive Reinforcement Training Methods and that we should not do to the dogs what we would not want to have done to us. She wants to make a difference in the lives of owners and their dogs and help them in any way she’s able to assist.


Melissa Hardy, Tellington Ttouch Certified Advanced Practitioner, PPG Ambassador Trainer - Melissa has been training animals and people for 50 years, became a Tellington Ttouch Practitioner twelve years ago and is excited to share her experience with others. Much of her philosophy in holistic training comes from Tellington Ttouch (Ttouch.com) and Suzanne Clothier (suzanneclothier.com). She has competed in Obedience, Rally and Dog Agility, most recently with her Australian Shepherd, Jasper and Shetland Sheepdog, Tooley. Currently she is competing with Tooley in agility and training with Shep, her 2 year old Border Collie.


Beth Williams, P.T., G.C.S., M.A. has been a physical therapist since 1985. In 1995 she became the first board certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy in Nevada. Since 1998 Beth has been treating 4-legged clients, upon veterinary approval after she successfully completed her education in veterinary rehabilitation sponsored by the American and Canadian Physical Therapy Association. Beth is a fitness instructor for animals and humans. She co-teaches the Fido 'n Me Fitness Circuit Class and other activity classes at Dog Training by PJ. Beth the owner and Physical Therapist at K9 Wellness Center is now located at 5635 Riggins Ct., #16, Reno, 89511. The K9 Wellness Center was designed for physical conditioning and therapy, not limited to just veterinary referrals. The goals of K9 Wellness Center include, promoting health and well-being, prevent injury and facilitate healing through education, exercise and training. Of course, you can always bring your dog for SWIMMING LESSONS, use the treadmill and more. Do you have an active dog or puppy? Let Beth show you how to give that energy better focus and give you peace of mind! Call Beth today at 775-750-5087.

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