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 Trainers
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. She is now a faculty member at the Karen Pryor Academy and teaches the Dog Trainer Professional program.
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.
Kayleigh Sullivan is a professional animal trainer in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She has been training animals for over 10 years. For eight of those years Kayleigh has been training elephants using positive reinforcement-based training.
Kayleigh graduated with a BA in Animal Sciences with a focus on Animal Behavior. She has experience working at veterinary clinics, volunteering at animal shelters in behavior departments, and many years working with exotic animals in sanctuary and zoo/aquarium settings. Kayleigh is currently working towards her CPDT-KA dog training certification and plans to test for it in the Spring of 2021.
Now, Kayleigh is taking her skills to help people succeed in their training and behavior goals with their companion animals, using the same science-based positive reinforcement techniques she has been using for over 10 years. Kayleigh believes that training is incredibly important to the welfare of any animal under human care no matter the species. Kayleigh enjoys teaching people how to efficiently communicate with their dog. She believes in having a clear level of communication in both directions to set you and your pup up for success.