k9 dog training

Jessica Freedman, Founder of Sublime K9

Welcome to Sublime K9 Dog Training! I began this business with the idea that all dogs are unique and that different training methods work for different dogs. I have been successfully training dogs since 2002 and have studied under many different trainers to learn as many methods as possible. I am a graduate of the National K-9 Learning Center where I earned my designation as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. National K-9 is a nationally recognized top tier dog trainer's school located in Columbus, Ohio. At the center, I studied various methods of behavior modification and applied these methods to my partner dog, Milo. I am also a professional member of International Association of Canine Professionals and am formally trained in BAT (Behavioral Adjustment Training), certified to teach Relationship Games, and Leash Reactivity by Leerburg and have studied Growl classes by Dr. Ian Dunbar. My love for canines has also led me to work in the veterinary field to learn as much about dog's health and wellness as possible.

My dog, Tupper has been an invaluable addition to my pack. His story truly inspired me to help “worst case” dogs and challenge myself as a trainer. Tupper comes from a rough past and was deemed too aggressive towards both other animals and people to be adopted. Due to abuse from a previous owner, his back leg had to be amputated and after that he lived in a cage for 2 ½ years. When I first met Tupper, he was not very welcoming to say the least. I was told he was a lost cause, but I still went to see him every day to build trust and to train. After working with him for two months and getting him to a point where we developed a trust, I introduced him to my pack. Things were going so well, that I began taking Tupper home and having him stay the night. What an amazing dog he turned out to be. Tupper has been living with me for 4 years now and has a new lease on life. He welcomes meeting new people and loves to be pet. He is able to be around kids and other dogs and he loves to run and play.

Most recently I was honored to work with The Long Island Medium, Teresa Caputo's dog, Bubba.  The episode can be seen on TLC.  Below are some photos from the episode.  Rest assured that at Sublime K9 dog training we will treat your dog as if it was our own. I look forward to meeting you and your best friend!

- Jessica Freedman, CPDT

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Sublime K9 Certified Dog Trainers

Katie McKnight

"My name is Katie McKnight and I am thrilled to work for Sublime K9 dog training. I began my career working with animals in shelter environments. While many people feared pit bulls, I fell in love with the smart, loving breed. While I’ve enjoyed preparing shelter animals for new homes, I wanted to ensure that dogs did not wind up in shelter environments due to behavioral problems. Honestly, most behavioral problems are solved with the help of a professional dog trainer. Whether you recently welcomed a new puppy into your life, share a home with a spoiled pet or live with a challenging dog, I want to help. In addition to my education and hands-on training experience, I am an associate member of International Association of Canine Professionals. I am also the proud dog parent of two rescue dogs. Nine years ago, I rescued Madison, my faithful boxer, from a family who could not handle her high energy. Over the years, we helped Madison overcome separation anxiety, dog aggression and the naughty behavior that frightened many visitors. She is a loyal dog and a much-loved family member. On Mother’s Day 2015, we welcomed a three-year old boxer-mastiff mix to our home. This 92-pound teddy bear has mastered all training techniques in a short amount of time. Duke transformed from a runner to an assistant who happily aids my dog-clients suffering from dog aggression.     My family and I are fortunate to share our lives with two wonderful dogs – they didn’t start that way. I hope you’ll invite Sublime k9 dog training to help you transform your dog into a loyal, healthy family member. I look forward to meeting you!"

Nicki Gagstetter

"My name is Nicki Gagstetter and I am so excited to be a part of the Sublime K9 team.  My love for dogs runs deep and as far back as I can remember.  I grew up with at least 2 dogs in the house at all times, and the breeds varied from Bernese Mountain Dog to Shih-Tzu, Puggle to Shepherd Mix.  My personal experience with dogs both in and outside of my home has ignited a desire to work with them in a way that will benefit both the dogs and their owners alike.  After all, a well behaved dog makes a happy owner, and a happy owner makes a happy dog!  It’s a WIN WIN!

I have a BA in psychology and in addition to my several years of hands-on training experience, I have completed the Dog Training and Behavior course of study at CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.  I have successfully trained dogs in the areas of basis obedience, housebreaking, leash manners, and more.  In addition, I have experience training obedience in preparation for service dog training.

I have a 4-year-old Wheaten Terrier named Cally.  From day one, and as many Wheaten parents may know, she was super excitable! She would jump on guests and pull on walks – all in an effort to explore and meet new friends.  I’m proud to say Cally has not lost her love of people or other dogs, but now greets them appropriately and can even walk off leash!

So whether you’re struggling with a misbehaved puppy or an old dog who can’t seem to learn new tricks, I’m here to help!"

Sublime K9 Dog Training StaffJacqueline Demerest

"My name is Jacqueline Demerest, and I am proud member of the Sublime K9 pack! I've always loved working with animals and have a strong passion for what I do. My heart is in this line of work and i's what drives me to help animals in any way that I can. I've been working to rescue animals as far back as I can remember. It started off with rescuing injured seagulls in my hometown, and has grown to rescuing and working with countless dogs. I credit my ability to helping a wide range of dogs and people to my experience in Puerto Rico, where I worked with a rescue organization to save, and rehabilitate dogs that were severely mistreated and abandoned. Working with those dogs that came from unimaginable pasts taught me a lot, and I want nothing more than to share that knowledge and help dogs become happy, balanced and well behaved.

I have been around canines for as long as I can remember. My family has had dogs ranging from pitbulls and dobermans, to jack russell terriers. I started off walking dogs through grade school, as well as volunteering at locals rescues. When I graduated high school, I enlisted in the US Coast Guard, but was determined to help animals no matter where I was. I was stationed in various places around the country, as well as over seas where I not only served in the armed forces, but worked as a veterinary assistant and an animal care technician at local rescues. I have had the privilege of working with dogs from all over, and have learned valuable lessons from each. I worked to acquire my associates degree as a veterinary assistant, and am currently attaining my bachelor degree in veterinary technology, with a minor in animal behavior.

Sublime K9 Dog Training StaffAfter seeing so many dogs and families living less than happy, balanced lives, I knew I wanted to help make a change and was eager to acquire the knowledge and tools to do so. I attended Cesar Millan's Fundamentals Of Dog Behavior and Training, as well as the School Of Dog Psychology with Linn Boyke. I have also participated in mentor-ship programs with various behaviorists and trainers around the country, including David Greenburg's of Calm K9 Training, and Todd Langston of OC Packlife. I love learning and putting what I learn into practice to help others.

Gaining your dog's unconditional trust and respect is paramount. Once achieved, you are in a position to teach your dog how it is that you would like for him/her to act in each and every situation. Together, we can adapt to any situation and to find the best solution for the dog either as an individual or in a pack setting. Lets work together to fulfill our animals lives, and achieve balance!"