Meet the Pack

About Jessie:

Jessie has lived in the Kamloops area for about 23 years, has a wonderful man and a talented teenage daughter. She also has three dogs: Hunter, Irish and Maya. All her dogs have different specialties in training, so you will likely meet all of them. Hunter is the biggest and the sweetest mini-bear you ever saw. Jessie uses him for meet and greets, reactive dog training and puppies. Irish is a cattle-dog/rotti and tends to be the dog with more assertiveness.

She is used for a lot of work-type training, such as nose-work, touch, hunting, etc. She is also good for young dogs that think they run the place. Irish very quickly can let a young dog know what is inappropriate with just a look! Maya is Jessie’s youngest and most shy dog. She does beautiful obedience and is training for Rally-O right now.

Jessie is continually studying Dog Training. Whether she is attending training conferences or workshops, studying online, consulting with other trainers from around the world or listening to clients, Jessie makes sure her toolbox of techniques is always fresh and usable.

jessie of my balanced Dog

Jessie uses a balanced approach to training, which means she uses both negative (taking something away) and positive (adding something) methods. In this day and age, there is a lot of confusion and misunderstood language surrounding dog training (such as: positive, balanced, old school, alpha, etc.).

Jessie puts it this way: “I say, Yes and No. I use tools that best suit the client and the dog with what behaviour we are trying to achieve. I do not expect owners to follow only method because, quite simply, it may just not work for that dog or that owner!“ Jessie knows how to use several training tools including slipleads, haltis, muzzles, pet correctors, martingales, prong collars, distraction aids and is currently learning simple obedience with e-collars such as recall. Jessie always starts with teaching foundation and then builds behaviour on that solid foundation.

Makayla Kicia Boyd

Makayla Kicia Boyd:

I work with Jessie at My Balanced Dog because it is clear to see her love for dogs. She understands their needs and is able to use a variety of different tools and knowledge to help each dog.

Not only is she great with dogs, but great with people! When I came to Jessie with an interest to pursue my dream of being a Dog Trainer, she welcomed me with open arms! I am so grateful! I have a German Shepherd/Alaskan malamute cross dog and love him! When I first got him, and began to do his puppy training, I knew that being a Dog Trainer was what I wanted to do.

I love seeing the progress they make and how hard they work to please their humans. Dogs bring so much joy into life and I can’t wait to learn so much more with Jessie!

sarah hamilton

Sarah Hamilton:

I started my time with My Balanced Dog as a client.  Both Storm and Bishop went through Basic Obedience as well as Storm dabbling in Agility with Steph and Bishop trying out Rally-O with Jessie. I was thrilled with everything I was learning and loved my time with them. 

Joining the team was exciting as they trained me in pack hikes and furthered my training with them bonding at our seminar in dog behaviour in Penticton.

I love learning more every day from our four legged furry friends.  They have so much to teach us about being in the moment and living without a care about what others may think.  Their endless love and compassion is something to admire.

I hope to always be able to work with dogs and share the love they have with others.


sarah hamilton

Jenn Stahn:

I share my home with my husband, teen daughter, two dogs and two cats. When I’m not busy getting my daughter to swimming or art class, or taking care of the animals (snuggling on the couch counts, right?), a lot of my time is taken up starting a new business, taking courses, playing with my camera and volunteering with Kamloops Search and Rescue. When I can combine a couple of these things together my day is pretty good.

Our dogs — Cheyenne is a large purebred farm mutt and will do anything for love. In 2011 she made the move to BC with us from Manitoba, where we rescued her nearly nine years ago. We adopted Retten, a German shorthaired pointer/Vizsla cross, from a rescue roughly 16 months later. He’s brought a bit of a crazy personality and a lot of energy to our home! 

sarah hamilton

Tamara Walker:

While I’ve always had a love for animals, I discovered that working closely with dogs was something I wanted to pursue when I started my first kennel job in early 2015. I joined Jessie on her hiking program in August of 2017 and can’t help but think how lucky I am to be surrounded by things I love: dogs and the outdoors! Jessie’s balanced training methods make her an amazing mentor in the dog world and I’m ecstatic to be a part of her team!

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