Welcome to Honey Creek!
Jessie is our resident trainer and behavior consultant. She began her professional work with dogs in 1996 while working at a veterinary practice in the greater Seattle area.
Jessie maintained her credentials as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-ka from 2005-2015. In 2005, after meeting the requirements for working/training directly with clients and their dogs for a minimum of 300 hours, Jessie sat for the examination. The examination covers all areas of dog training including some of the following: canine ethology, science of learning theory, animal husbandry, and classroom instruction. Recertification required on-going continuing education as well.
Over the years Jessie was also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program as well as holding memberships in several national professional dog training organizations. She continues to stay current on continuing education.
About our Trainers
Mike has been mentoring with Jessie since the Spring of 2017. As he continues his training, you'll see more of him during our private sessions, group classes as well as our board & train packages.
Mike is a life-long animal lover and with family pets growing up and several of his own dogs now, he's getting lots of personal experience. At Honey Creek, he helps in the kennel, supervises the Doggie Daycare dogs and participates in all areas of dog training and behavior.
During her 12 years at the veterinary hospital, Jessie ran the Jump Start Puppy & New Start Dog Program. Created by her to satisfy the needs of the clinic's clientele, her training and behavior programs even brought in clients from other practices. The Jump Start puppy program incorporated all of the beginning puppy training issues (house training, crate training, mouthing, leadership, vet care, etc.) and included a consultation and puppy class. The New Start dog program was designed for those clients who had recently adopted an older pup or adult dog, and for those who needed a refresher for their dog.
A natural extension of the training services was also doing behavior consultations. Jessie worked closely with one of the staff veterinarians to develop a full-service behavior practice. Together they helped clients work on such issues as separation anxiety, dog-to-dog aggression, stranger aggression, etc.
Outside of her personal training experiences, Jessie has always continued her education in dog training and behavior by attending seminars and workshops done by both board-certified Veterinary Behaviorists, and other certified trainers and behaviorists.
The last several years the Oppermans were in the Northwest, Jessie also followed her passion for dog rescue by representing the German Shepherds for one of the oldest all-breed rescues in the nation. During that time she rehomed over 100 German Shepherds. As part of the rescue, she also helped the public learn about the breed, general dog training, and even helped some folks keep their dogs instead of rehoming them.
Jessie was truly hooked on training when she and Eric adopted a German Shepherd, Cain, back in the mid-90's. She worked with him in the areas of advanced obedience, and sheepherding. Cain received his Canine Good Citizen award and later Jessie & Cain became therapy Pet Partners through the Delta Society. Together they visited nursing homes and grade schools.
Over the years the Oppermans adopted more dogs and Jessie continued to train through advanced obedience, obtaining the Canine Good Citizen awards and working in new areas, such as agility and tracking. Jessie trained her own dogs under the tutelage of some of the most respected trainers in the Pacific Northwest. This allowed her to broaden her own training experience and techniques, and many of the tips from these trainers have been adapted for use in her own training programs today.
Jessie, Lead Trainer
Mike, Assistant Trainer