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Kerry McComiskey Boyd
I specialize in French Bulldogs, Dobermans, German Shorthair Pointers and Boxers. I am a member of the PHA (Professional Handler’s Association) and I am an AKC Registered Handler.
My philosophy is “The dogs always come first”. I have been a conformation trainer for approximately 15 years. I am so excited to be one of the Alpha Dog family!
Jen is a professional member of APDT and a CGC evaluator. She is also working to finish her BA in psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
In January 2014, Jen bought a Shiba Inu named Bomba. At seven months old, Bomba was turning light switches on and fetching dropped articles, he just loves to work! Look for them in the agility ring soon. She is currently training a beauceron puppy named Mac as a service dog for Balance and Service K9s.
Dogs are meant to have jobs, and are much happier when you give them something to do. Jen believes that training should be fun for all involved and should strengthen the relationship between people and their dogs.
I have been training and competing in the sport of Nose Work since it first came to the East Coast in 2010. I joined the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) in 2010, and have competed in over a dozen official NACSW K9 Nose Work trials with my two dogs. My dog Rockit was the first dog on the east coast to reach NW3 Elite and we competed in the 2014 Nationals in Santa Rosa, CA.
Although I am not a certified instructor, I follow the same training timeline and methodology used by own teacher, Gail McCarthy (scentinelnosework.com). This method uses lots of positive reinforcement and encourages independent hunting behavior on the part of the dogs. Nose Work is a great way to build a dog’s confidence while also increasing the bond between dog and handler.
I also compete in the sport of Flyball with Rockit, a Belgian Malinois, and have competed in AKC Rally Obedience with my dog Spiffy. Both of my dogs have earned High in Trial in the sport of K9 Nose Work — a testament to how much they love it. I have hosted two official NACSW trials and plan to host more.