Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA AKC CGC Evaluator CATCH Canine Academy Mentor 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 Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a mentor trainer for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. She also serves on the Application Review Committee at IAABC in addition to representing the organization at conferences and trade shows as their Booth Manager.
After working as the senior trainer for Whole Dog Training from 2007-2013 she started a new chapter in her life by forming her own business, Synergy Dog Training. She teaches everything from puppy classes through 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. She has a special interest in working with shelter and rescue dogs for the past 16 years. 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.
Jessica lives in Ramona with her fiancé, her dog Milo and her horse Phoenix. In her free time you’ll find her practicing canine freestyle routines, checking out wineries, hiking, or cooking from scratch at home.
Milo was found as a stray and brought into the Carlsbad county shelter. He was picked to be a part of the Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls program (aka The Pit Crew), where volunteers, staff, and trainers worked together to give a select group of pit bulls a better chance at being adopted. Jessica worked with Milo for 5 months as he patiently waited in his kennel for a real home. Jessica noticed that while Milo was quite rambunctious, he also had a lot of drive and was easy to train. Milo used his good looks, charm, and undeniable sense of humor to finally convince Jessica to adopt him and bring him home. He was a handful as he adjusted to life outside the shelter, but with consistent training he is now a completely different dog. Jessica channeled his drive into outlets such as K9 Nose Work, Canine Freestyle, and obedience training. Milo is Jessica’s training partner and often comes with her to work to help demonstrate behaviors, or as a decoy dog for her reactive dog clients. He loves being in public, and with his goofy disposition and sweet nature he helps change people’s perceptions about pit bulls one lick at a time.
To the dog who started it all, and whose legacy lives on. I miss you pretty girl.
Jenna Powell, ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer)
Jenna Powell, ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer) holds a B.S. from San Diego State University and is a 2010 graduate of Animal Behavior College with Jessica Wheatcraft as her mentor. After graduating from Animal Behavior College she began teaching puppy and basic obedience classes at Whole Dog Training. She also assisted at Rancho Coastal Humane Society working with volunteers on how to effectively train shelter dogs in an effort to increase successful adoptions.
Jenna joined Synergy Dog Training in 2018. She teaches puppy training, basic obedience, and enjoys helping newly adopted dogs settle into their homes and thrive! Jenna specializes in the treatment of Separation Anxiety and, having experienced this with her own dog, she has great compassion for both the dog and owner who are going through this devastating condition.
Jenna continues to seek out and attend educational webinars, workshops and conferences to learn from leaders in the training and behavior field such as Karen Pryor, Pat Miller, Jean Donaldson, Ken Ramirez and MalenaDeMartini.
Jenna lives in San Diego with her husband and their dog, Bentley. When she isn’t working with dogs, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, gardening, cooking and watching football.
Jenna’s Dog, Bentley
Bentley was relinquished at a local shelter and quickly picked up by Indian Dane Rescue located in San Marcos. He had only been there 3 days when they met him and decided to make him a part of their family. Like many rescue dogs Bentley came with challenges, but his good looks and sweet demeanor melted their hearts. Through consistent training Bentley has become a wonderful companion to Jenna and her husband. On any given day of the week you can find them taking Bentley on a “field trip” to a favorite park, beach, or neighborhood. Bentley enjoys these outings as well as learning new behaviors, playing with doggie friends, using his nose to find treats, hiking, and simply soaking up the San Diego sun.
Brandi Hutsell, KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Training Partner)
Brandi Hutsell, KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Training Partner) is a 2017 graduate of Karen Pryor Academy. KPA-CTPs have demonstrated a high level of technical knowledge and hands-on skill both training canines and teaching people. She joined Synergy Dog Training in 2018 and offers a variety of private training services and group classes. Brandi also manages Synergy Dog Training’s premier pet care services.
For the past 5 years Brandi has worked with a La Jolla based dog service company gaining extensive hands on experience with a variety of dog breeds and personalities. Her main role is to facilitate dog park socialization, 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 the unconditional love between people and their pets. She knows that good communication between the two can result in an incredibly strong bond and a happy household. Brandi genuinely enjoys helping people build these strong relationships using positive reinforcement based training techniques and her fun, outgoing teaching style.
Brandi is a proud mom to a spoiled black and tan King Charles Spaniel named Digby, who came into her life unexpectedly in 2013 when one of her clients gave him up. Brandi was quick to take him in as her new fur child, and she’s been in love with him ever since. He’s now a special needs senior, but for a dog who’s battling congestive heart failure, diabetes, among other health issues, he’s a happy camper just as long as he gets lots of love and treats. Digby loves sleeping in, earning treats for tricks, and flying alongside Brandi to visit his grandparents in Georgia.