Office Manager, Training Assistant
Annamarie is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady”, with a lifelong passion for helping others. She has served this calling in a variety of ways, including in the pursuit and receipt of her Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion. She has maintained a lifelong fascination for behavior modification in animals and people alike, with a special interest in helping cats and their people live harmoniously.
In addition to extensive study about this still-developing field of feline behavior, Annamarie has faced problems ranging from inappropriate elimination issues to different forms of aggression among rescue cats. Through thoughtful management and a keen insight into feline behavior, Annamarie was able to work through each issue without using pain, force, or fear to change behavior. She is committed to staying at the forefront of information available to provide the best results for her clients.
Annamarie is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild and is working towards her CPDT-KA. She is also working towards IAABC’s consultant certification, which is one of the only organizations in the world that independently recognizes and certifies feline behavior specialists.
Jenn Stanley, CPDT-KA
Head Trainer, Advanced Behavior Specialist
Jenn has dreamed of being a professional dog trainer since she was a kid in the 4-H program in Indiana. She began assistant teaching and apprenticing in 2003, and opened her own training center in 2007, specializing in dog agility training. She began to expand her interest and offerings to include basic skills and behavior when she saw the need arise in her students and community. Along the way, she developed her second special interest: helping dogs cope with anxiety-based behavior.
In March 2012, Jenn passed her Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) certification through CCPDT and became one of a handful of Indianapolis area trainers certified by a standardized, international exam. While this exam is geared toward dog trainers, it tests each candidate on learning theory and behavior modification practices that span many species. Jenn continues to maintain this certification, which requires 36 continuing education credits or retaking and passing the exam every 3 years. Jenn is also a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild and an advocate for cooperative care and low-stress handling.
In her free time, Jenn enjoys participating in a variety of events with her dogs including agility, competitive obedience, herding, conformation, and dock diving.
Jenn and Annamarie have been married since February 2015 and share their Winston-Salem home with 4 pets: Potion (7 year old Border Collie), Thrill (3 year old Shetland Sheepdog), Hex (1 year old Shetland Sheepdog), and Hallow (7 year old rescue kitty).
What is a CPDT-KA?
CPDT-KA stands for Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed. This is an independent, standardized, internationally-available examination which covers instructional skills, animal husbandry, ethology, learning theory, and equipment knowledge. To sit for the examination, applicants must log 300 instructing hours in the past 3 years, have obtained a high school diploma or GED, adhere to a Code of Ethics, and provide references stating that they utilize humane methodology. The CCPDT also requires those who pass the exam to obtain a minimum of 36 continuing education units every 3 years in order to maintain certification.
What methods does Awesome Pawsabilities use?
Our methods are both effective and humane, using techniques backed in science rather than hype. We are proud to adhere to a strict code of ethics from both the Pet Professional Guild as well as the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
We investigate the root cause of the behavior, and use a combination of approaches to not just extinguish the problem behavior, but replace it with a win-win behavior instead. We promise to listen to you and your pet, and present the best methods for your situation. Above all, we promise to never employ methods that rely on pain, physical force, or fear.