Jayne Fine – Lead Behavior Specialist
Jayne came into the profession accidentally. In the search to find the information to train her own service dog in late 2014, and alongside raising her first dog of her own, a passion for helping dogs achieve the best version of themselves left this as the only possible path forwards.
On a journey to learn all she could, Jayne moved coast to coast from Brooklyn, NY to Sonoma County, CA to attend Bergin University of Canine Studies, the only accredited school in the country that focuses entirely on the study of man’s best friend. During her time there, she got the chance to study and train under mentors as varied as a former guide dog trainer, a trainer specializing in training animals for use in show business, a hunting dog turned service dog trainer, and the inventor of the service dog concept herself and founder of the university- Bonnie Bergen. She graduated from Bergin with a B.S. in Cynology, the study of dogs, in 2018, after two years of rigorous academic and hands-on course work.
She has spent a great deal of time working with dogs at rescues & shelters, including taking several behavioral fosters into her own home for remedial manners and behavior training to help make them more adoptable. Her practical work has focused extensively on helping dogs overcome aggression & reactivity, and helping owners find their comfort and confidence with their canine companion!
Jayne’s greatest joy is in helping her human students understand how their dog’s emotions drive their behavior, and in helping decode the science behind behavior to help them understand how to change those emotions to work towards the dog they know their dog can be! She is available for both group and private lessons, and finds great joy in helping dog owners help their dogs be their best self.
Her personal canine companions are bossy Boston Terrier, Evie, and devoted Labrador, Arlo, who is also her service dog. When not seeing clients, she can often be found out-of-doors in nature, or searching out a new aquarium or houseplant hobby store to peruse.