Hi, I’m Jill Breitner, author of the Dog Decoder App.
Dog Decoder is a smartphone app about dog body language and recommended by many veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists, John Ciribassi DVM, DACVB, Nancy Kay DVM, Carolyn Lincoln DVM, Dave McCrystal DVM, UC Davis Veterinary Behavior Clinic. I am a dog trainer and dog body language expert, studying canine body language for almost 40 years and developed this app to help you learn more about what dogs are trying so hard to tell us.
The more you learn the safer your dog will be, the safer your family will be and the bond you create with your dog will be that much stronger. You can’t truly bond with your dog if you can’t communicate.
I created this blog to keep you engaged and teach you as much as I can. I’ll share my own stories, stories of others and you are free to share your own stories as well. We all learn from each other and no question is a stupid question. Mistakes will be made and this is how we learn.
Together we can be our dog’s advocate as their voice and create a world of happy dogs in happy families.
Did you know that 77% of dog bites are to from family and friends dogs? It is my mission with this app to prevent dog bites from ever occurring. The Dog Decoder app is ready when you need it, whether you’re at your vet with a fearful dog, the groomer with an aggressive dog or walking down the street with a reactive dog. If we can learn to read dog body language we can see that your dog is anxious, afraid and remove her from the situation way before a bite can ever happen.
Each and every blog has a message that can help you with your puppy, aggressive dog, stressed dog, teach your dog to be more confident, what steps to take when you first bring your puppy home and more. This blog is for you, your family and your dog.
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Starting my business in Los Angeles gave me the good fortune to train many celebrities dogs, inlcuding: Jerry Bruckheimer, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Kelly LaBrock, Steven Segal, Bea Arthur and many more. I am thrilled to be able to help them help their dogs and equally thrilled to help you help your dog by learning how to speak their language.
I am certified as a Fear Free Professional, helping you help your dogs feel less anxious everywhere in her life; with grooming, at the vet, with strangers, etc. I have been teaching low stress handling for 40 years, long before the Fear Free movement began and thrilled to see this movement taking hold in the veterinary profession. As you’ll see in some of the images on the app where a dog is afraid at the vet, I can help alleviate this anxiety so your dog will actually enjoy going to the vet, groomer, anywhere you go with much less stress.
Getting certified in Animal Welfare and Behavior at the University of Edinburgh was a difficult education yet it helped broaden my view to better understand how we can help animals in need.
Feel free to contact me for Online Dog Training sessions, in home evaluations and dog training in the greater Seattle area. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.