“Janet is truly a goddess of all things dog! I was referred to her for training immediately after adopting my rescue dog, who had spent all 5 years of her life in a horrible hoarding situation of 60+ dogs and cats...
From our first session with Janet, it was clear that she is highly professional, kind, enthusiastic, patient, and, most importantly, genuinely cared about my dog and helping her....
After each session with Janet I saw incredible progress!” C.S July 2018
I stumbled backwards into the dog training field. My first inclination to begin a career with animals was towards the end of my time as a retail gift shop owner. From 1999 to 2007 I owned and ran a gift shop, called Sui Generis (meaning one of a kind) based out of Cambridge, MA, (which is also where I grew up), with my faithful Yellow Labrador named Jasmine. The business in itself taught me quite a bit about boutique style service, client relationship building and how much I enjoy self employment. When I ended my run there I noticed my passion had been drifting towards working with animals. I began a pet sitting business immediately. Shortly after starting For The Love Of Dogs, I was referred to the late, great Robert B. Parker from the Spenser For Hire franchise who lived in Cambridge with his wife, Joan Parker and his German Short Haired Pointer, Pearl The Wonder Dog. I refer to any time before that as 'BP' before Pearl.
I began working for the Parker's exclusively as their full time dog nanny with some personal assisting sprinkled in. With less business building in mind I was able to study and take courses in dog training and eventually become certified. During that time I also fostered a New York, Central Park stray named Howard, who came with a host of issues including nipping everyone who came to meet him. My backwards stumble became a forward passion in dog training and animal behavior. I am currently a Certified Professional Dog Trainer specializing in reactivity and fear based behavior. The methods I use include positive motivation, clicker training and evidence based training.
I absolutely love working with dogs and their owners. I have a deep courtesy and respect for each animal as an individual. I also love having something in common with every new client which is; how can we support this dog to be less stressed and more at play in the world.
We lost Pearl in 2013. She and Emma came to live with Dixie and I when Bob and then Joan passed away. We said goodbye to Dixie as well in 2016. Emma and I currently live in Watertown, MA. Emma is a Mini Bull Terrier and a certified Therapy Dog and Reading Therapy Partner.
Working on children’s book illustrations.
"My training sessions with Janet and Pooch are the high point of my week! Pooch and I look forward to them all week, and always exceed our expectations. The sessions are fun, positive, professional, creative, and individualized for your dog. I am always left feeling that Janet's work with dogs makes the world a better place for all of us."
-Hope R, November 2015