Private, in home, sessions serving Wantage, (Sussex County) and surrounding areas of Northern New Jersey as well as Orange County in New York State.
We will come to your home and deal with ANY of your dogs issues including:
Leash Walking, Excessive Barking, Jumping, Separation Anxiety, Potty Training, Aggression (People or Other Dogs), Mouthing and Nipping, Fearful Anxiety, Crate Training, Puppy Manners, Basic Obedience, Behavior Modification, Extremely Excitable Dogs and more!!!!
Group classes held in Wantage (Sussex County) Newfoundland (Passaic County) , New Jersey
New Milford (Orange County), New York
Puppy Classes, Agility Classes, and Basic obedience Classes offered in all locations, except New Milford, NY (just puppy class)
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Classes and Testing offered at New Milford (Orange County) New York
James & Boo Boo Heather & Cindy
Currently, I have provided over 1400 private behavioral lessons as well as hundreds of group classes. I reside in Wantage, NJ (Sussex County) with my, Great Pyranese Dallas. In March of 2012 I lost my best friend and the reason I became a Dog Trainer. Boo Boo, he was my very loyal Yellow Labrador Retriever he was my instructor as well as an instructor to all other dogs which he came in contact with. After several years of working as a postman and coming in contact with man’s best friend on a daily basis, I tapped into a natural talent I knew I always had but never knew how to utilize. In September of 2005 my dream became a reality. I found that a world renowned dog trainer, Diane Bauman had lived in my town. I introduced myself to her and immediately became one of her many apprentices. In 2007, I assisted Diane with an Agility book called "Agility Start to Finish."
I began to use my natural talent to speak dog. Reading, watching, and interacting, I experienced all the wonders of a dog. By using their instincts and mine, I was able to get through to our canine friends. After observing training methods that worked, it was apparent to me that no two dogs are exactly the same. While studying dog behavior, obedience, sheep herding, tracking and agility (a favorite), I found myself falling in love with these animals.
I am a recommended trainer by several Veterinarians in Sussex County namely the Vernon Veterinary Clinic in Vernon and Branchville Country Veterinary Clinic in Branchville and Jockey Hollow Veterinary practice in Warwick NY. I give educational seminars and assist Diane Bauman with seminars and evaluations of dogs. I also currently serve on the committee for the Wantage Dog Park. I volunteer my time at local animal shelters, training the problem dogs to help them to become more adoptable. I have helped certain clients find a suitable match from a shelter and I have guided them in the transitional stage of bringing their new dog home. I am available for private behavior sessions & private agility lessons. I offer "board and train" in my household. I offer group classes at Baumans Dog Dome in Wantage (Sussex County) at The Clip Shoppe in Newfoundland (Passaic county) and Jockey Hollow Veterinayin Warwick NY (Orange County). I was voted a Favorite Agility Instructor, for the 2009 Readers' Choice Awards in Tails magazine. In July 2010 I visited Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Dogtown) in Kanab, Utah. While there I volunteered with many different breeds, and used my skills to teach many dogs different commands and calming techniques.
In the Spring of 2012, I became a New Jersey State Certified Animal Control Officer and through that course was certified in Pet First Aid and Pet CPR. This class was the equivalent of 3 college credits and has given me even more tools to evaluate dogs, cats, and wildlife. In May of 2013 I became an AKC approved evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.
April 2013, as our business has grown by leaps and bounds and there are still dogs out there with issues that need to be fixed. I have added an assistant:
Heather Franklin joined the Epps Dog Training team after recently moving to New York from Orlando, Florida.
Heather began her animal training career in 1998 with Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. She served as a volunteer puppy raiser for CCI for five years, raising and training four puppies for the organization. As a puppy raiser, Heather taught each dog thirty obedience commands as well as socialized the puppy to prepare it for any situation it would encounter after being placed with someone with a disability. This was Heather’s favorite part of the puppy raising process, as she had the opportunity to introduce the dogs in her care to many different people and places. Heather would begin bringing the puppies out into distracting public places such as libraries, churches, and grocery stores – and as the dog’s ability to focus amongst the distractions became stronger she would find more distracting places to challenge them. Heather knew that her work was done with each puppy when they could gracefully handle a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom -- Nothing beats introducing your four-legged friend to Mickey Mouse, himself!
In 2003, Heather was recruited by a PetSmart store manager to teach Pet Obedience classes while on a shopping trip in the store with her [soul mate] dog, Chloe. Chloe’s sharp obedience skills, friendly nature, and ability to ignore everything else in the store but Heather had no doubt caught their attention. Chloe was not only Heather’s walking resume but also her loyal assistant for obedience classes at PetSmart for the next 3 ½ years!
Heather went on to work with Sea World in 2006, where ironically she worked with land animals. She had the opportunity to work with some unique animals such as African Servals, a Giant Anteater, African Fish Eagles, a Tawny Frogmouth, and yes, even dogs! In 2007, Heather was hired by SeaWorld’s sister park, Discovery Cove. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive park where guests can learn about and interact with exotic animals. While with Discovery Cove’s animal training department, Heather cared for and trained forty-three Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and had the opportunity to introduce guests from all over the globe to her flippered-friends! In 2012, Heather left Discovery Cove and sunny Florida for something even more important to her than her dolphins – love! Heather met Ed, a NYC firefighter, while he was on vacation in Florida in 2010. Three years and about 28 airplane flights later, Heather and Ed are happily married and finally settling into their new home together in Warwick, NY.