Jennifer Kolar has been surrounded by animals since she was a young child. She has always had at least one dog at her side, and has been active in training since before she was 10. Dogs have been Jennifer’s constant companions; just as she has seen many a stray or shelter dog through fear and reactivity issues, they have seen her through hard times, too. Jennifer has led a number of her personal dogs through obedience and agility training and competitions.
In 2008, Jennifer started actively volunteering, training and working with service dog organizations. Jennifer has witnessed firsthand the amazing difference well-trained dogs can make in the lives of veterans, other adults, and children with physical, emotional, or psychological challenges. She is driven to help as many people and dogs as possible experience this transformation. This goal led Jennifer to take steps toward becoming a professional dog trainer.
Jennifer is an active volunteer at the Seattle Animal Shelter as an advanced dog walker and foster program trainer and case manager.
She is always on the quest for new knowledge, skills, and perspective in the name of advancing positive and successful dog training techniques. Jennifer focuses just as much on the people side of the relationship as on the animal side, always looking to strengthen the amazing bond between the species.
Jennifer is the Director of Training for PAWS Training Centers and lives in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in service dog training, obedience, and positive, non-aversive approaches to behavioral modification. She has multiple training credentials including: CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed), KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner), Certified Diabetic Alert Dog Trainer, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. In addition to Jennifer’s work with PAWS Training Centers, she is a co-founder of Atlas Assistance Dogs– a nonprofit organization working towards teaching and certifying service dog trainers and providing funding for training non-specified disability groups with privately owned dogs.