JW Dog Training & Behavior provides professional, expert dog training and behavior support to the Washington, D.C. area. We specialize in one-on-one lessons with clients, working in the client’s home to thoroughly address behavior issues and build skills.


Training sessions are fun and low stress for both the dog and human. Using the science of learning, with an emphasis on positive reinforcement, we create effective, easy-to-follow training plans that are designed to make dogs and their owners successful.


We use force free, science-based methods when working to change behavior, including clicker training, play, real life rewards, management, and more. We focus on building and reinforcing desirable behavior, while also implementing structure and management to decrease undesirable behavior. We tailor our training plans to the individual client's needs, whether it is basic manners or a more complex behavior issue such as fear, anxiety, leash-reactivity, or aggression.


We teach human clients how to better understand their dogs’ behavior and communication, and help them improve their training skills to more effectively work with their dogs and see better results.

Meet the Trainer

Juliana Willems is the Owner and Head Trainer at JW Dog Training. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA). Juliana has been training dogs since 2014 after she graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy.

Juliana works full time as a private trainer in the Washington, D.C. area. She specializes in reactivity, anxiety, and aggression cases. She enjoys applying her knowledge of canine behavior and the science of learning when working closely with owners to improve their dog's behavior. Watching the training plan strengthen the bond between owner and dog -- whether it's a puppy, adolescent, or adult dog-- is her favorite part of the job.

You can regularly catch Juliana on TV, radio, and online programs. She has shared her dog training expertise on WTOP and Good Morning Washington, and she was a regular guest on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy for many years. In the spring and summer of 2020, Juliana co-hosted the Live from The Ranch online broadcast with Ken Ramirez. She also provides quarterly free seminars and webinars for dog owners through the non-profit Your Dog's Friend.

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 JW Dog Training & Behavior Consulting


Washington, D.C. Area