Paula A. Smith, MSA, CPDT-KA founded Dog Blessed LLC after seeing that the largest reason for dogs being surrendered was a lack of training. She believes strongly that training can keep families together. Paula is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, earned a BS from Grand Valley State University and a MSA from Central Michigan University.
Paula has volunteered at a number of local dog rescue organizations and served on various boards. Currently she serves on the board of the Muskegon Humane Society.
Paula is also a AKC CGC & Trick Evaluator and her passion is respect for reactive dogs and helping people understand why their dogs and communicate with them. She loves teaching Nosework and Agility to help build teamwork.
Paula has a registered therapy dog and volunteer in libraries, schools, and nursing homes. Her dogs have titled in AKC, UKC, CPE, NACSW, DMWYD, International Dog Parkour Association, Cyber Rally-O, and APDT in Nosework, Agility, and Rally, Trick, Therapy, Canine Good Citizen, Parkour.
Paula lives in Montague with her husband and rescued dogs, Kylee, Pepper, and Eli.
Jodi Jarvis-Therrian, CPDT-KA, CTDI is a certified professional dog trainer and certified trick dog instructor and has done a lifelong independent study on animal advocacy, health, and behavior. She is passionate about sharing education with our youth, including the proper way to approach a dog, the “no bite rules”, and being the voice for the animals who cannot speak for themselves. Jodi started the Ashley Perry Reading Program at the Muskegon Humane Society.
Jodi is an author and artist who has dedicated herself to honoring life with love in unique ways, with glass art. She believes all life is sacred and strives to portray that in everything she does. Jodi writes a monthly article “Furry Philosophy” for Cats and Dogs magazine. She has written “Furry Philosophy and Memoirs Set in Stone.”
She has a special place in her heart for reactive dogs, and strives to educate owners and help those dogs over their hurdles. She is an evaluator for Do More With Your Dogs and also an AKC CGC Evaluator.
She loves to teach STAR Puppy Classes, Rally, and Trick Classes! She lives in Blue Lake Twp with her husband and, rescued pets, Odin and Raven.
Dog Blessed LLC was formed to strengthen canine/human relationships and work with area shelters and rescue groups to help keep dogs in their homes or get a new chance at the life of love and security they deserve.
Training is focused on helping dog owners better understand their dogs and teaching them how they want them to behave in their home and out in the community. Through enhanced communication and training, dogs and people can spend many happy years together.
Our instructors describe themselves as addicted to studying dog behavior, canine nutrition, and health and they love helping other dogs develop their full potential.
PTE, NN, AN, SC, SI, SV, MV Eli Smith, BA, CGCA, THDN, NW1, TKP, NW2, CL1-S, CL1-H, CL1-R, SCN, SEN, SBN, NTD, ITD, PKD-T, CGCU
URO3 Odin J, THDN, RA, TKP, CGCA, NTD, ITD, ATD, CTD
PTE, NC, NV, AC, C-ATCH Pepper Smith, CL1, CL2, CGCA, RN, THDN, NJP, NFP, BA, CL3, TKP, CL4, ChFH, ChCL, ChST,SBN, NTD, ITD, PKD-T, CGCU
PTE, NN, AN, SN, MN, EN, Kylee Smith, BA, NW1, NW2, L1E, TKN, TKP, SWN, SCA, SBA, NTD, ITD, PKD-T