At East Mountain Dog Training ®, our approach combines years of experience and formal education in learning theory. Using reward based training techniques, we teach you how to teach your dog desired behaviors and skills. These techniques allow you to communicate with your dog and will also enable you to prevent or extinguish undesirable behaviors. Our curriculums have been developed collaboratively, and are based on our years of experience training, handling and competing with dogs.
Ready to begin your training journey with your dog? Give us a call, stop by our training facility in Cedar Crest, or take a look at our current class schedule to take the next step.
Jeannie Seuffert, MS, CPDT-KA
Jeannie grew up riding and training horses and was never without a dog. Her passion for training horses quickly transferred to dogs. Jeannie designs training protocols and outcome plans tailored to fit the lives of busy families. Based on an initial assessment of a dog’s needs and the family’s lifestyle, Jeannie develops a plan with clear written instructions that establishes how each member of the family can participate in achieving the desired training goals. Jeannie’s work draws on years as an Occupational Therapist working with families and young children with disabilities. Her passion to teach is palpable. Her outgoing and energetic approach is complimented by a deep compassion and dedication to client families and their pets.
Jeannie obtained her Certificate in Professional Dog Training, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and completed the Dogs of Course Instructor Training Course in 2010 under the direction of Sue Sternberg and Pia Silvani. She worked as a volunteer assistant for two years at the training facility of the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, in addition to working as a canine coach with their shelter dogs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club. She holds a bachelor of science and master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. When not training dogs, she can be found practicing Occupational Therapy at a pediatric clinic in Albuquerque. Jeannie enjoys the outdoors whether hiking, running, biking or gardening. She shares her home with two miniature schnauzers and a terrier mix!
“There is nothing more rewarding than that precious moment when an owner and their dog have connected on a whole new level, with a new understanding of one another.” – Jeannie
Wendy Smith, MS, CPDT-KA
Wendy believes that each human-dog relationship is unique. She spends time learning how a client’s dog fits into the family and helps the client identify the most meaningful behaviors and skills for their dog to learn. She then sets training goals and adapts techniques and protocols to suit the specific needs of each client.
A professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Wendy earned her Certification as a Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) in 2010 after completing the Dogs of Course Instructor Training Course under the guidance of Sue Sternberg and Pia Silvani. She has worked as a volunteer at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and as a teaching assistant at the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. Wendy fostered miniature schnauzers for the NJ Schnauzer Rescue evaluating temperament and behavior to facilitate successful placement into permanent homes.
In addition to holding both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, Wendy actively pursues continuing education and professional development, by attending seminars and workshops on training, behavior modification and temperament evaluation. She enjoys hiking, cycling, running and travel through the southwest. Wendy grew up in a family that was never without a dog. She is fortunate to share her life with her two beloved miniature schnauzers, Snoot & Chito.
“I haven’t learned everything in life from my dog, but I’ve learned the important stuff.” – Wendy