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Meet the Pioneers

Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold is Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistants, located in Milton, Georgia.  Founded in 1991, Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization that teaches service dogs to assist children and adults who have physical disabilities or other special needs.  Jennifer first recognized the need for this program when she was sixteen-years-old and diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Understanding the need for physical assistance and companionship, Jennifer pursued the development of a service dog program.  She also began working to enhance her knowledge of the extraordinary relationship between humans and animals and how they could best work together.  She is the creator of Bond-Based Choice Teaching®, a philosophy based on creating a special relationship allowing dogs and their human partners to trust and understand one another.

Jennifer is the New York Times best selling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes, published by Random House in 2010, and the subject of a PBS Special of the same name.  Her second book, In a Dog’s Heart, was released to critical acclaim in October 2011.  Her third book, Love is All You Need was released in August 2016 by PenguinRandomHouse.  She has been featured in The New York Times, London Times, People, Mademoiselle, Family Circle, Atlanta Magazine, and various other publications. She has been profiled on numerous television programs, including NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Diane Rehm Show, and CNN’s HLN Leaders with Heart.   She has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service, WTBS's Super Citizen Award, Buckhead Woman of the Year, MS Society of Georgia’s Woman on the Move 2011, Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark, and the GVMA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award – amongst other recognitions.  In 2012, she was invited to participate as one of 50 Amazing Women in the UN’s International Year of Youth.  She and her husband, Dr. Kent Bruner, DVM, their son, Chase, and numerous animals live on a farm in Milton, Georgia.

Judy Luther

Judy Luther is a well known and respected pet dog professional located in the St. Louis, Missouri area, with over 27-years experience teaching dogs and their owners, as well as various other species.  She provides knowledge and understanding to the people she serves and gains the trust of the animals she works with.

Along with her successful training business, Dog Star Training, where she teaches a wide range of dog related classes and private training, Judy is also called on as an expert speaker, evaluator, volunteer and provider of animal talent for print advertising, film, motion pictures and stage.

Judy is dedicated to teaching animals using the latest scientific research.  She has teamed with Jennifer Arnold to develop Bond-Based Choice Teaching and the Assistance Dog Alliance, an association of service schools committed to using the Bond-Based Approach.  

Judy served as an instructor for St. Louis Community College and East Central College, in the animal care and training programs.  She also taught the Animal Career program for the College For Kids summer programs.  In addition, Judy is a regular guest speaker and lecturer at the Vet Tech Institute in St. Louis, Missouri.

Judy Is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Trainers, A Certified Nose Work Instructor, Certified Canine Massage Therapist,  a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, AKC Puppy S.T.A.R evaluator, a APDT C.L.A.S.S. instructor and evaluator, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, and the American Humane Association.

Beyond the business aspects, Judy has volunteered her time for the Missouri Puppies for Parole program, which matches incarcerated inmates with homeless dogs, teaching the dogs to help increase successful adoptions.  Judy also works with children in understanding how to prevent dog bites and how to be kind to their pets.  She also volunteers her time as a behavior consultant to rescue groups and shelters throughout Missouri and Illinois.  Judy is a contributing writer for Pets Best Insurance, Tame Magazine, Tails Magazine, Angie's List, and Positively.