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Western North Carolina

Our Western NC branch covers all stages of service dog training throughout the Western NC area including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Charlotte, Asheville, and all surrounding areas. Please note that there is limited availability for trainers to travel to clients in some areas.

Map of Service Area for Western North Carolina Branch
Service Dog Trainer Jennifer Thornburg

Jennifer Thornburg


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A Bit About Jennifer

Jennifer Thornburg has 15 years in the dog industry from running a successful pet sitting and dog walking business to volunteering at her local municipal shelter, where she ran the playgroups and evaluated dogs for adoption. However, her heart has always been in training dogs and the people who love them.


Jennifer is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT, a graduate of both CATCH Academy for Dog Trainers and the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program, a rigorous certification program that requires continuing education and a pledge to train using force-free methods and techniques. She uses clicker training and positive reinforcement to solve problems and train dogs to a high level of reliability. She's a Certified Fear-Free Trainer, a licensed Family Paws Parent Education presenter and a Pet First Aid/CPR Instructor. She is working towards Level 1 TAGTeach (positive reinforcement training for humans) for the purpose of learning to work more effectively with human clients all the while finding great analogies the human students can understand and relate to.


Jennifer lives in Durham, NC with her wife, young daughter and enthusiastic Border Collie. She enjoys hiking, reading, cross stitching, playing hopscotch with her kid, beekeeping and training her own dog to pick up odd things around the house and bring them to her.

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