About Jackie Konold of Signature Dog Training

Proudly Serving North Dallas, Collin County, Texas Area

In May of 2001, I earned my Bachelors Degree in Equine Business Management from Johnson & Wales University. My studies included courses in animal nutrition, such as learning about supplements to support animals and many conditions. It also included extensive studying of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and how to ensure that a pet is receiving the correct amounts.

My experience started out with my fourteen year old black German Shepherd, Ketura. I had adopted her when she was eight years old. Having her helped me to not only learn, but to also experience how to help an older dog live longer and more comfortably. She was expected not to live past the age of 12, yet she lived to be 14 years old. Ketura was born February 8,1992, and crossed the infamous rainbow bridge on February 9, 2006.  

In August of 2004, my 5 year old black German Shepherd, Phantom, was born. I raised and trained him from the time he was 8 weeks old. When Phantom became one year of age, I had him evaluated for a CGC (Canine Good Citizenship Certification), and he passed. Realizing what an outgoing personality he had, I had him evaluated to be a Therapy Dog. As a Therapy Dog Team, Phantom and I worked extensively with the elderly, and people with special needs.

In August of 2005, Phantom's younger brother, Sabian, also a black German Shepherd, was born. Raising and training him from the age of 8 weeks old taught me a lot about how a dog's personality can have an effect on training. For the whole first year of Sabian's life, I was training him to follow in his older brother's paw prints to become a Therapy Dog. No matter how much I socialized Sabian with people, the German Shepherd trait of being aloof to strangers remained a strong part of his personality. Realizing that his personality was not a match for being a Therapy Dog and that he didn't enjoy it, I tried him out with a K-9 trainer as a Personal Protection Dog. After a year with that trainer, I was not satisfied with the training. I then found my current K-9 trainer who has not only enhanced my education, but Sabian's, as well. After training with him for six months, he had me assist him in handling a variety of dogs ranging from bulldogs to Malinois, to train for his clients.  

During this time, I worked as a pet trainer for Petsmart. This allowed me to learn how to work with and train a variety of breeds, ranging from Chihuahuas to giant breeds and mixed breeds.

The knowledge and experience that I have attained over these years not only allowed me to be approved to be a CGC Evaluator for the American Kennel Club, but a Therapy Dog Evaluator for Therapy Dogs, Inc. Having gone through their application processes, both groups approve that they can trust in my knowledge and experience.

Signature Dog Training offers dog training services in North Dallas, Collin County, Texas (TX) Area.