Professional Dog Trainer
CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
It is my goal to help pet parents unleash the excellence inside their dogs. You want the best result for your dog - that’s why you need a trainer who is educated in ethical and effective training practices.
Jill Hassevoort currently holds two professional certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and Certified Training Partner through Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP). Karen Pryor Academy is world-renowned as one of the most outstanding and rigorous training programs available to serious professional dog trainers. Founded by groundbreaking trainer and author Karen Pryor, this intensive program sets its graduates apart in an industry without professional regulations. Jill also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.
Like many trainers, Jill has been an animal lover her entire life. Her passion for dogs specifically was sparked by two special pups - each named Jack. The first Jack came along one summer while Jill was in college. She spent the summer living with a dog for the first time, a lab mix named Jack, and she came to understand just how special and wonderful dogs are as a species. Then, in 2014, she and her husband adopted their first dog, an American Staffordshire Terrier, also named Jack. Jill was no stranger to the stigma that is commonly associated with pit bull type dogs. She wanted to give Jack the best life possible and show people that the breed is not inherently dangerous or violent. This led her to explore more about dog training. She started to figure out how dogs learn, how to set dogs up for success, and how to help dogs and their people have the most fulfilling relationship possible. Again, Jill’s life was changed by a dog named Jack.
Jill is a graduate of world-renowned Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional Program. Her studies there provided a formal education to compliment the experience she gained working hands-on with hundreds of dogs and puppies in the Detroit area. She has taught group classes on a range of topics, from tricks to reactivity. She’s consulted individually with many clients, helping them and their dogs strengthen and build their skills and relationships. She has vast experience with puppies, having run a puppy training and socialization program that reached dozens of young dogs per day, five days a week. Before becoming a professional dog trainer, Jill taught high school Spanish. Her experience in the classroom gives her the teaching skills that she employs when working with clients. Her combination of top-notch education and real-world experience makes her the trainer you and your dog want in your corner.
"Jill is patient, energetic, and tailors her training to your style and your pup’s level. She loved watching Auggie succeed just as much as we did!" -S. S.
"We loved how she used positive reinforcement and force free techniques to train."
- K. C.
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Canine Graduate
Jack is an 8-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier. He was surrendered to a shelter at age 3, fostered shortly by a wonderful family, and adopted by Jill and her husband in October 2014. Jack is a canine graduate of Karen Pryor Academy, having completed a series of weekend-long workshops, training demonstrations, and a final assessment during which he performed ten behaviors back to back in front of an audience. Jack is very skilled at demonstrating behaviors via online training, and does work helping his clients learn that other dogs aren't so scary.