Think Pawsitive Dog Training

Dog is man's best friend...unless of course that dog has undesirable behaviors! Our Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Jennifer Ackley, will work with you in private one-on-one training sessions to teach your dog the behaviors you desire, using positive rewards-based training methods.

Click Here to learn more about Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training.

Group classes are offered in the scenting activity and sport of K9 Nose Work®, which provides a fun outlet for your dog's endless energy, and teaches your dog to search like a pro!  No prior training required!


Our proven techniques have helped pet owners strengthen their bond with their furry best friend. Click Here to get started today!

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Our Trainer

All training services offered by professionally certified dog trainer

Jennifer Ackley, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Jennifer received her B.A. in Psychology in 1989 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in animal behavior. After working in the communications industry, she followed her passion to become a dog trainer. In 2013, she graduated with honors from Animal Behavior College, and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) in March 2017.

She is also a CGC Evaluator, and a Mentor Trainer with Animal Behavior College.


As a certificant of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), Jennifer adheres to their Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics Policy and follows the LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) principle in all her training. She continues her professional development by reading relevant material and attending conferences, workshops and online webinars, in order to keep up-to-date with the latest research and training methods. She attends the annual APDT conference and has attended several educational seminars at Wolf Park to learn more about canine behaviors. 

Jennifer has been involved with the sport of K9 Nose Work® since 2013, and became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in January 2017.  Knowing that the best learning is immersion, she attends the annual Nose Work camp in Georgia where she and her white shepherd Sasha practice with and learn from the founders of the sport as well as other top-notch instructors from across the country.

Jennifer is the founder and executive director of Wolf PAWS 'Positive Awareness Wolf-dog Sanctuary' in Dandridge TN where she volunteers a substantial amount of her time working with and caring for 8 resident wolf-dogs.

Private training sessions are offered in the client's home to teach Basic Obedience and to resolve problem behaviors.

K9 Nose Work is taught in group classes at K9 Center of East Tennessee.

Serving Dandridge, Sevierville, Knoxville TN, and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Basic Obedience

Well-mannered dogs are a pleasure to live with and be around. Training your dog helps them burn up their endless energy using mental and physical exercises, and  increases your bond with your canine companion.


Private one-on-one training helps your dog get back on the right track by teaching basic obedience and manners, using positive rewards-based training methods, which has been proven to be more effective and more humane than aversive training methods. Training is done at your home (serving areas < 25 miles from 37725).  Each training session will be tailored to your dog's individual needs, with a flexible schedule that fits into your busy life.  

Problem Behaviors

Does your dog exhibit these behaviors?





House Soiling

Door Darting

Most behaviors that we humans deem "problems" are actually natural behaviors for dogs.  I will help you understand the "why" for the behavior, and work closely with you and your dog to implement my proven problem solving processes to "fix" the behaviors using positive rewards-based training methods. Each training session will address your individual training goals, with a flexible schedule to fit into your busy life.

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K9 Nose Work®

Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work® is the fun search and scenting sport for virtually all dogs and people.  Nose Work is easy to learn, builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.

K9 Nose Work® starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught. Play for fun, or compete nationally in trials sanctioned by NACSW.


Basic Obedience

Private training sessions 

At your home 

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Problem Behaviors

Private training sessions 

At your home 

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K9 Nose Work 

6-week group classes held at K9 Center of East TN  

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Michael W. Fox

"Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect."



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