Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA, AKC Evaluator, CATCH Canine Academy Mentor Trainer
Owner and Head Trainer
Jessica is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), an AKC Evaluator, and a mentor trainer for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
She has over 15 years of full time training experience, and has a wide range of training interests from puppies to advanced obedience to tricks. As a behavior consultant she helps owners and their dogs resolve complex behavior issues which include leash reactivity, aggression, fear, poor impulse control, and anxiety. Her heart has always been drawn to working with shelter and rescue dogs, and as the former training director for Pit Bull Rescue San Diego, she also has extensive experience with pit bull type dogs.
She demonstrates a commitment to ongoing education by continually expanding her knowledge through study, seminars, and conferences by some of the top experts in the industry. As a volunteer with IAABC, she served on the Application Review Committee in addition to representing the organization at conferences and trade shows as their Trade Show Manager.
Jessica lives in Hillcrest and shares her life with dogs Scout and Finn, and her BLM Mustang Waylon. In her free time you’ll find her trail riding, checking out wineries, hiking, or cooking from scratch at home.
To the dog who started it all, and whose legacy lives on. I miss you pretty girl.
Alyssa "Lys" Carlson
Brandi Hutsell, KPA-CTP
Brandi Hutsell, KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Training Partner) is a 2017 graduate of Karen Pryor Academy. She joined Synergy Dog Training in 2018 and specializes in puppy training, obedience training, Canine Good Citizen, and dog/dog interactions.
For the past 6 years Brandi has worked as a professional dog walker and caretaker, gaining extensive hands on experience with a variety of dog breeds and personalities. She spends a lot of time at off leash dog parks with her canine clients, ensuring that the dogs maintain appropriate play and have positive experiences. Through this work she has a developed a keen eye for dog body language and which types of play/interactions are appropriate vs ones that need intervention.
Brandi understands that good communication between owners and their pets can result in an incredibly strong bond and a happy household. She loves helping people build these strong relationships using positive reinforcement based training techniques.
Marilisa Markey, BS, KPA-CTP
Jess Stone, CPDT-KA
Jess Stone, CPDT-KA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Jess entered the animal welfare world about 15 years ago, through work with various pit bull rescues in San Diego. During her time with these organizations, she provided care for endless foster dogs, behavioral support to foster families and adopters, behavioral education to shelters with minimal resources, and breed education to other local shelters. Over the past decade, Jess has used her skills and knowledge to support our communities by volunteering for organizations including Project Wildlife, ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team, San Diego Humane Society’s disaster response team (who respond to animals in need during wildfire and other emergencies), and the ASPCA Anti Cruelty Behavior Team. Jess now works for the ASPCA Behavioral Sciences Team as a behavior responder, traveling across the country to provide behavioral care to animals who are victims of unthinkable cruelty, like dog fighting. Jess is also a certified veterinary assistant, and works at a local animal hospital, where she spends time with patients of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and histories.
Jess specializes in working with dogs with behavior issues and offers behavior consulting and private training services.
Jess lives in the Golden Hill area with her dog Anthem, who was seized from a dog fighting case in Mississippi in 2017. You can learn more about Anthem here.