Behavior problems are one of the top reasons both dogs and cats are relinquished to animal shelters each year. But many of these "problems" are not problems at all from your pet's perspective.
Dr. Jones has a decade of experience in both the training and behavior of pets, shelter animals, as well as training her own working dogs for a wide variety of working and performance sport venues. She also completed advanced training in behavior medicine during veterinary medical school as well as extensive graduate level coursework in behavior and ethology during her master's degree in biological sciences.
Here are a short list of her experience and credentials:
- Member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
- Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
- President and founding member of Great Rivers Working Dog Club
- Board of directors and founding club member of Big Muddy Dock Dogs of Central Missouri
- American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- Obedience instructor and member of PALS Therapy Dog Club of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine from 2007 to 2010
As a working dog vet, Dr. Jones has trained and competed in the following sports and activities with her own dogs:
- French ring sport
- Mondioring sport (2014 national championship competitor)
- PSA (2012 regionals competitor)
- Dock diving (2012 world championships competitor, 2013 regionals competitor)
- Therapy work (acheived the Therapy Dog International certification with four of her own dogs)
- Dog Scouts of America
Dr. Jones is also very experienced with the special needs of shelter and rescue dogs. She has volunteered, fostered dogs for, or worked with the following rescue organizations:
- Central Missouri Humane Society
- Columbia Second Chance
- American Belgian Malinois Rescue
- North American Dutch Shepherd Rescue
- Bright Beginnings Bully Breed Rescue
- Dogwood Animal Shelter
Dr. Jones is currently accepting appointments for training and behavior consultations. Please click the Contact Us link to schedule an appointment!
Most behavior consultations start with a detailed questionnaire and a phone interview which usually lasts between 30-60 minutes. Once we have discussed the issue, we can schedule a private in-home session. For these sessions, please make sure your pet has not eaten in the previous 12 hours as we will use motivational methods (food and toys, depending on your dog's preference) to train both you and your dog to modify their behavior. After the session, you will be given a detailed report with instructions on how to start and maintain the training. It will be your responsibility to call Dr. Jones a few days after the appointment to discuss how things are progressing. Follow up sessions will be scheduled as needed.
Individual, Private At Home Behavior Consultation: Includes detailed questionnaire, phone interview, private in home 1.5-2 hour session, detailed instructions/recommendations, and follow up via phone or e-mail.
- Cat cases: $125.
- Non-aggression dog cases: $200.
- Aggression dog cases: $300.
- Additional at home sessions as needed: $50 each.