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jessica Howell-young: owner & Trainer
A North Carolina native from the Appalachian Mountains, Jess has always had a passion for mountains and animals. She paid special attention to their welfare, growing up bottle-feeding dairy cattle on her family’s farm and later worked as a horseback trail guide in NC and Colorado. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at North Carolina State University and went on to pursue a career in veterinary medicine as an assistant. After several years she realized how many owners struggle with obedience and behavioral issues and the effect it has on their daily life. Her ability to understand the correlation between a physically and mentally healthy canine is key to her success as a trainer!
Cullen Young: owner & Trainer
Cullen was born and raised in central North Carolina. He grew up with several dogs throughout his childhood, but when the chance came for him to have his own dog, he jumped on it! Having his own dog was quite the learning experience. Not long after adopting his Lab mix Nikki, Cullen met Jess, and the two instantly bonded over their pups. He became more intrigued with the behavioral aspects of dogs and how to help owners effectively communicate. After months of standing on the sidelines, Cullen took the opportunity to start working along side Jess so they could both follow their passion of helping dogs and their human companions. Cullen is happy to help people and dogs, so together they can lead a life of freedom and relaxation. When not training, Jess & Cullen spend time with their two children and three dogs enjoying the outdoors!
maddy strauder: Trainer
Maddy is a Colorado native. She grew up with a variety of pets and regularly volunteered at animal shelters. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Colorado State University. After spending a summer in the Amazon building Scarlet Macaw nest boxes, she came home and found a job at a local doggie daycare. There she fill in love spending all day with dogs and getting to know each one. When she found Jess & Cullen she fell in love with them too and was fascinated by their training techniques. Since then, she has been dedicated to becoming the best trainer she can be. At home she has 2 rabbits and her hound dog, Jojo!