My Shadow owner and trainer Jenny East Cole is a Professional Dog Trainer and professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She is also insured through the APDT.
Jenny's passion for training dogs started in Alaska with her team of Alaskan huskies. Besides running a sled dog team, she also won trophies for competitive weight pulling.
In 2005, she started volunteer-raising guide and service dog puppies, eight in total. After moving to Virginia in 2006, in 2012 she started My Shadow Dog Training. Besides serving the general public, Jenny is also a field trainer for Saint Francis Service Dogs of Roanoke, advance training service dogs for people with disabilities. The dogs learn upwards of 50 commands and tasks, and Jenny has learned how crucial the bond between dog and partner can be and how best to facilitate that partnership.
Jenny along with her two black Labs, Dorian and Summit, are certified therapy dog teams with Pet Partners and Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She is co-founder and overseer of Hearts of Gold Therapy Dogs of Virginia, a 20+ member group serving Danville-Pittsylvania County and surrounding areas. The group volunteers at many rehab and assisted living facilities, as well as providing de-stress therapy for students at Hargrave Military Academy, Averett University, Liberty University and Virginia Tech. Jenny is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and certifies therapy dogs through Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
Jenny has done extensive continuing education in dog observation skills and assessment, canine enrichment. training adolescent dogs, canine body language, dog-dog interactions, relationship-centered training and much more.
Jenny's training methods focus on education and a working relationship with both the dog AND the owner. Her methods are positive, not force or aversive-based. Her mission statement can be read to the right.
Six-week long Beginning / Intermediate Canine Manners classes, as well as Canine Good Citizen classes and testing. I also offer private lessons for those preferring one-on-one instruction.
Besides good manners and mutual respect, I strive to build a closer, stronger connection between you and your dog - so you can ultimately say, “My dog is my shadow.”
My Class Locations
Under the Oakes
3897 Payneton Rd.
Chatham, VA 24531
Danville - Leggett Town & Country
Leggett Town & Country
335 Mount Cross Rd.
Danville, VA 24540