We are SO GLAD you are here!
I started Pups with a Purpose to combine my passion for helping people with obsession with helping dogs. Dogs can do INCREDIBLE things and I want to help you and your pup find their purpose in life. I look forward on guiding you on this dog training journey.
-Jessica Owner & Head Trainer
BA in Psychology (Emphasis in School Psychology) -University of Nebraska at Omaha
Jessica filled her course schedule with classes focused in motivation, learning, and cognitive development. In these classes, she cultivated her passion for making the world a better place for kids. Today, Jessica uses what she learned in these courses to guide dogs and their people on a path to helping others and changing the world.
In 2018 and 2019, I successfully completed the Life Changing Dog Training Apprenticeship Program where she studied dog behavior while assisting on training private sessions and group classes ranging from basic behavior to serious behavior modification. Jessica completed over 450 hours of hands on training and became certified in The Life Changing Dog Training Process.
Life Changing Dog Training Apprenticeship Program- 2018
Alliance of Therapy Dogs - Member & Tester/Observer
Jessica is an active member of Alliance of Therapy Dogs since February 2019, completing weekly therapy visits to hospitals, schools, assisted living centers and more with my personal dog Stanley. In July of 2019, Jessica became a Tester/Observer for ATD which allows her to test and register potential members!
Active Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals
Jessica is a proud member of the International Association of Canine Professionals since 2019. She has recently taken an active role by being a part of IACP's first Therapy Dog Committee.
I originally got into dog training when I started struggling with my two dogs. I adopted Nala in 2018, her and Boss had started fighting about 4 weeks after her adoption. I had sought out training to hopefully fix this awful situation that had been created. I went through two trainers before I found the Life Changing Dog Training at Dharma Dog Training that really has changed my life and how I live with my dogs. About two sessions in I was told about the apprenticeship being offered, signed up, and immediately fell in love with dog training and how many lives it was changing. A year later Boss and I got into therapy work and that made me realize even more that this is the path I want to go down!
- Taylor Head Trainer
For the last 4 years, Taylor has worked under a number of top rated groomers in the Omaha area. During her time grooming, she became an expert on dog body language while making dogs feel safe and comfortable during stressful situations. She has handled and groomed thousands of dogs and still works as a groomer today!
In 2019, Taylor successfully completed the the same Life Changing Dog Training Apprenticeship Program where she also studied dog behavior while assisting on private training sessions and group classes ranging from basic behavior to serious behavior modification. During her apprenticeship she completed over 250 hours of hands on training and became certified in The Life Changing Dog Training Process. Taylor realized her passion for helping people and their dogs beyond grooming services!
Life Changing Dog Training Apprenticeship Program- 2019
Alliance of Therapy Dogs - Active Member
Taylor is an active member of Alliance of Therapy Dogs since March 2020 with her dog Boss. Together, they complete regular therapy visits to hospitals, schools, assisted living centers. Taylor and Boss bring joy and light to those they visit. Boss is a fan favorite at assisted living centers due to he happy, go-lucky personality.