In-Home Consultations

When most people think about getting a dog they imagine walking side by side in the park, sunny afternoons playing fetch in the yard and peaceful evenings curled up together on the couch. Very few imagine being pulled mercilessly down the street, non-stop barking and chewed up belongings. Unfortunately, you are often faced with a number of unexpected behavior problems that quickly eclipse the everyday pleasures that come with sharing your life with a dog.

Most of the time it’s just a simple matter of miscommunication, which can be easily fixed if we just learn to think more like a dog. Now I’m not saying we should start sniffing butts and try to lick those hard to reach places.

No, what we really need to do is to put aside our human way of thinking and try to get inside our dog’s head so we can truly understand why he does what he does. Once you learn to think like a dog and understand the reasons for his behaviors (both good and bad) you will be on your way to having a happy, well balanced pooch.

A little annoying behavior exhibited by your dog now could very quickly turn into a major problem that could jeopardize your future together. Whether it’s jumping up when people come to the door or major separation anxiety, it’s worth addressing the issue and having a happier, well balanced dog, as well as a more peaceful life together.

We’re located in Northern New Jersey.



Become a Dog Trainer

How would you like to take your passion for dogs and turn it into a rewarding career?

I’ve always felt that every day with a dog, is a good day. And nothing is more fulfilling than doing work you love and are passionate about. When I chose to become a dog behavior consultant and trainer I discovered that there a number of ways to go about it. The first thing I learned was that the field of dog training is unregulated – meaning that you don’t need any kind of certification to become one. However, to be good and successful you need knowledge, so it’s very advisable to get some sort of education, allowing you to work with confidence and provide the best service you can.

And that’s why I created my own programs to help you get the tools you need to make dogs your life. Whether you’re looking for a full time career or would just like to make some extra money doing something you would really enjoy, I have a program that can fit your needs.

The FernDog Trainer Academy

Speaking & Consulting

There are two things that I absolutely love: talking about dogs and sharing what I know.

I just love getting in front of people eager for information and talking dogs for a while. Usually the problem isn’t getting me to talk, it’s trying to eventually shut me up. I have spoken to both small and large audiences and enjoy an intimate chat with a handful of people, as well as, long lectures and discussions with a large groups.

I’m happy to speak on anything and can help come up with the perfect topic for your event or group. Here are some of the one’s I’ve done in the past:

  • Dog Communication
  • Dog Behavior Q & A
  • How To Become A Dog Trainer
  • Doing Dog Rescue Better
  • Dog Aggression
  • Working With Fearful Dogs
  • Keeping Kids and Dogs Safe Together


I’m also do private consulting and training for dog daycares, boarding, grooming and training facilities. I can do everything from staff training on behavior to helping you improve your marketing and customer experience.


Rescue & Shelter Education

Dog rescue is near and dear to my heart and I try my best to do anything I can to help dogs in need and the amazing people who dedicate their lives to saving them.

I do both in person seminars for local shelters and rescue groups, as well as live webinar training for organizations not local to the NJ area. I’ve also created a very special online course for anyone involved in rescue (volunteer or shelter staff) to help you supercharge our efforts and maximize your time and energy so that you can save more lives.

If we change nothing, nothing will change.

Seminar/Webinar Topics

Here are a list of seminars I’ve done in the past. Everything can be customized to your organizations individual needs. I can also put together any other topic that you would like covered. Whatever I can do to make the biggest impact on your rescue/shelter.

1 – Dog communication

  • How dogs communicate (body language, eye contact, physical presence)

  • calming signals

  • The dominance myth

  • How to “read” dogs

  • Q & A

2 – Safe and Appropriate Handling of Dogs

  • How to approach and interact with a dog you don’t know

  • Taking a dog out of his run

  • Understanding the mental state of a shelter dog

  • Safety precautions

  • Why most temperament tests suck

  • Q & A

3 – How to Work with a Shy/Fearful Dog

  • Don’t try to “win the dog over”

  • How to approach and gain trust

  • Understanding the dog’s threshold and only go at dog’s pace

  • Long term strategies

  • Treatment plans

  • Q & A

4 – Dog Aggression

  • Why most dog bites are our fault

  • People (how not to get bit)

  • Dogs (how shelters set dogs up for dog reactivity)

  • Resource Guarding (food aggression)

  • Treatment and Management

  • Q & A

5 – How to Make Dogs More Adoptable

  • Best use of time for volunteers

  • Enrichment and stimulation

  • Communication and consistency

  • Thinking of the big picture (not enabling bad behavior)

  • How to get them to show better when meeting the public

  • Q & A

6 – How to Get the Most Out of Your Volunteer Experience

  • Get rid of ego and don’t take things personally

  • Don’t rock the boat too much – the more you push the more you will get pushed back

  • Working with shelter staff (Cooperation and compromise)

  • Don’t act from emotion and try not to place judgement

  • Communicate often and openly

Fern responded to our cry for help as our cadre of inexperienced volunteer dog walkers grew at our township shelter. He came to the rescue with a fabulous seminar. With great animation demonstrating “dog language” (using his own body) he held the class’s attention during each section of his training agenda. Fern skillfully and hilariously demonstrated dog postures and how to interpret them, how to redirect and correct. I believe Fern must have been a dog in a previous life. You could have heard a pin drop as Fern described some of his dog training experiences. Thank you Fern – you have enhanced our dog-walking program and adopt-ability of our shelter dogs beyond our expectations!

Celia Trembulak

Montclair Animal Shelter