Elizabeth Emelene Jefferis grew up on a horse farm in Southeastern Pennsylvania training, competing, and hunting with her family’s hunter/jumper horses. Teaching has always been so rewarding for Elizabeth, from college sociology professor to property rehab mentor to certified yoga instructor to dog trainer. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but “dog training” is really “people training.”) She has been teaching private and group clients for several years and enjoying it all!
Elizabeth is VSPDT certified through the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, a rigorous 6-month program including hands-on practice, mentoring, online and in-class lessons, subject-matter expert lectures, and extensive examinations. As a VSPDT degree-holder, she engages in positive training methods designed to build people’s relationship and communication with dogs. Currently, she is working towards attaining her Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA®), an advanced certification offered by CCPDT for dog trainers who offer canine behavior modification, while also working on her PhD in human-animal interaction from University of Chicago after attaining her master's degree in sociology, also from U of C.
Elizabeth volunteers with Chicago Animal Care & Control to socialize and train shelter dogs. If she can impact these dogs after all they have been through, it's likely she can help you with yours. When not training other pupkids, Elizabeth is busy training her own working dog, Desi, with various Search & Rescue teams in Illinois and Indiana to assist law enforcement in finding lost persons. Elizabeth can’t wait to meet you and your dog!