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 a gift shop with my faithful yellow Labrador, Jasmine, in Cambridge, MA, (which is also where I grew up and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School). The business in itself taught me quite a bi
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 a gift shop with my faithful yellow Labrador, Jasmine, in Cambridge, MA, (which is also where I grew up and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School). The business in itself taught me quite a bit about boutique-style service, client relationship building, and how to serve. When I ended my run there I noticed my passion had been shifting towards the desire to work day-to-day with animals.
I started “For the Love of Dogs” and shortly after that 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 Shorthaired Pointer, “Pearl, the Wonder Dog.“ I began working for the Parkers exclusively as their full-time dog ”nanny.” With less business building in mind I was able to study and take courses in dog training, shadow other trainers, 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. I read everything I could on dog behavior.
My passion for dog training and animal behavior continues to grow. I am a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer specializing in reactivity and fear-based behaviors. The methods I use include positive motivation, clicker training, and evidence-based training. I enjoy teaching through play.
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 we can support your dog to be less stressed and more at play in the world.
Janet lives in Watertown, MA with her beloved Mini Bull Terrier, Emma.
My love and respect for animals and nature was deeply instilled in me from a very young age. I grew up in Cambridge, MA, in a large family. We were fortunate enough to spend summers on Cape Cod. For the three months we lived there we were outdoors playing, swimming in Buzzards Bay, water skiing, digging clams, playing kick the bucket, and during the evenings playing flashlight tag or sitting around a fire. If it was raining really hard we played cards or watched TV. My love of nature and animals continues to grow. I was fortunate to live on Cape for a year in 2015-2016, some of the sunset photos were from that time, taken mostly in Falmouth, MA.
All photos were shot and edited on IOS devices by Janet Vera and are not to be reproduced, in any form, without permission in writing.
My old pal Roscoe!
Chapoquoit Island, Falmouth MA