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Jean Cary

Service Dog Tutor

Jean Cary has over thirty years of experience training companion dogs, Pet Assisted Therapy dogs and pheasant hunting dogs. For the past two decades, she has been involved with Pet Assisted Therapy programs, establishing teams to visit with patients at four hospitals on the San Francisco Peninsula. Jean has mentored with Martina Contreras, a certified professional dog trainer for obedience and agility training and Glenn Martyn, Executive Director of the Hearing Dogs Program in San Francisco. Since 2012 she has focused on training service dogs for mobility and psychiatric assistance for both adult and pediatric clients. She has in-depth experience working with children with physical handicaps or those on the autism spectrum. Her previous careers as a Surgical Assistant and as a designer specializing in Accessibility give her a strong background for focusing on the needs of the disabled individual and to ensure that they train their dog safely and with compassion. She has trained both of her dogs (a Westie and a Lab) as service dogs who serve as demo dogs for service work.

“Jean is very professional and is a natural whisperer which comes easy because of her calm and assertive demeanor.” 

Jean provides lectures on dog behavior, pet therapy and service dog training to local service clubs and humane shelter volunteers.She has been a sponsored speaker at Senior Centers and the Peninsula Stroke Support Group. As a freelance writer she is a contributor to Baywoof Magazine. Her dogs Ranger and Flicka appear yearly at the Stanford Assistive Technology Faire and have helped to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the Support for Families organization.
Other Credentials:

  • Trained in Pet First Aid and CPR

  • Socialization Trainer for Peninsula Humane Society

  • Member of Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

  • Eleven years experience in the medical field.

  • 31 years experience as an interior decorator with an emphasis on accessible design


Contact Jean today to see how you can realize the potential of your dog to bring joy and companionship into your home for a lifetime.

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