2SpeakDog Friends

Welcome to 2SpeakDog's Wall of Gratitude!

2SpeakDog's friends and clients are the very best! We sincerely appreciate your donations toward helping us open our new training facility. THANK YOU to our awesome supporters:

Alanna Wiggins Tomlin
Alicia Atkins
Amy Alexander
Andrew Dawe-Collins
Ann Booker (x2!)
Anne Barriault
Ariana Bensusan
Barb Upchurch
Baylor Belford
Bethanie Constant
Bob McGuire
Bonnie Dempsey
Brian Frank
Brody and Kyleigh
Caley Cantrell
Cameron Sullivan
Carey Wilks
Carol Lacroix
Caroline Sheehan
Carolyn Meares
Cheri Anthony
Christine Iacovo
Cindi Mashburn
Colleen Nichols
Cornelius Riordan
Daisy May & Margie (x2!)
Daniel Wolfe
Dawn Cooper
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Donna & Karl
Elaine Beldin Ward
Elizabeth Ann Barry
Elizabeth Fodill (x2!)
Elizabeth Henderson
Elizabeth Knowles
Elizabeth Schlatter

Emily Ripka
Emily Striffler
Emily Wallace
Erin Mackenzie
Glenn Keskey
Gordon Stettinius
Heidi Mirro
Irma Dillard
Izzy & Nita
J. Gary Rudd
Jacqueline D Palmatier (x3!)
Jan Estes
Janet Baruch
Jennifer & Wayne Witherspoon
Jennifer Francis
Jeslyn Vaughan
Jessica Murray Schiffer
John Leopold
Jonathan Ward
Jozie Herrera
Julie Drechsler
Junkless Jane Jackson
Karen, Drake, Roxy, Gen and Hokie
Katie Coleman
Katie Kassab (x2!)
Katy Harmon Michelson
Kayleigh, James, & Grayson
Kayte Ryan
KJ Espenschied
Laura Hopson
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Laura Reed
Maegan Mayo
Martha Warthen
Mary Kathryn Perkinson

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Mary Scott
Marybeth Phillips
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Paul Naccarato
Paula Ellis-Adams
Paula Zaro
Rachel Kornfeld Pustilnik
Rainie Bishop
Rasa Dawson
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Sarah Gross
Sarah Reyes
Shannon O'Neill
Shona Stack
Stephanie & Belle (x2!)
Stevie McFadden
Summer Gentry
Susan Thweatt
Suzanne Payne
Suzanne Weaver
Tanya Manley
Teresa Atkins
Thérèse Hak-Kuhn
Tom Bowers
Tracy Schlagel
Valley Haggard
Weaver Family
Wendy Holcombe Golbitz

Thank you so much for Speaking Dog!


Mission Statement

We help you and your family learn “2SpeakDog” and better understand your pup’s behavior, resulting in a well-balanced relationship for a peaceful, happy home.

Jennifer Kyzer

j-kyzer-dogs-1Jennifer Kyzer holds a Master's Degree in Education and has been training dogs for over 16 years; she has been self-employed since 2005. She began her training with basic obedience classes and now specializes in behavior issues. Jennifer has worked with dogs of all breeds and ages in a wide variety of training areas.

Along with basic obedience and behavior training, Jennifer has tackled problems such as dog-on-dog and dog-on-people aggression, separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, resource guarding, leash aggression, extreme fear/shyness, severe leash pulling, 'pack' (multiple dog household) issues, improper greetings, crating and potty training. Jennifer also assists new parents in learning the proper steps to introducing family dogs to new babies, and works with families to successfully integrate adult rescue dogs into the household.

Kasey Herrera

k-herreraKasey grew up training dogs in a variety of sizes, but has always had a passion for the large breeds.  While Kasey's primary focus is on the business aspects of 2SD, she thrives on training many of our workshops, classes and through large breed private lessons.  Her background in Litigation Jury Consulting gives her a unique understanding of human behaviors, and she is able to apply that insight to building stronger dog-people relationships.  Kasey lives in Richmond with her three fur kids - two Great Danes and a small lab mix, as well as additional fur kids that foster, visit or come by to play.

“JD” Jennifer DeGarmo

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“JD” DeGarmo has spent over ten years working with dogs of all breeds, ages, and abilities. She specializes in training that focuses on obedience, manners, and social behaviors. A certified evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs, JD is a strong believer in the power of positive training.

As a volunteer with the AACA (Animal Assisted Compassionate Activities) Program at the Greensville Correctional Center, JD works with offenders who train dogs as 'in-house' therapeutic canines. JD is also a former trainer for Pixie's Pen Pals, in which offenders in Central Virginia prisons train and socialize rescue dogs that may have otherwise been euthanized in local shelters. These programs not only save dogs, they also promote inmate rehabilitation and provide valuable job training and life skills to offenders.

Amy Shankle

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Amy Shankle has loved dogs all her life. She has 10+ years of experience training her own dogs, and has been teaching classes for 3 years. Working through her own dogs’ struggles with reactivity piqued an interest in behavior, while competing with her dogs in Rally Obedience and Agility brought out a love for dog sports and teaching all the fun things that go into them! Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the progress that her students make, and helping them to achieve their training goals - whatever those might be!

When she’s not training or teaching, Amy works full time for VCU and is nearly finished with her Master's degree in Adult Learning. She shares her life with two darling pit bull terriers, Juno (Juno B. Beastly) and Percy (Persephone’s On The Ball), and her wonderful boyfriend, Aidan, who doesn’t mind when she talks his ear off about dogs, dogs, and more dogs!

The word that best describes our approach to training is holistic. It’s not just exercises – it’s about a whole life with your dog.
~Brother Christopher Monks of New Skete
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
Dogs need something to do. The need to feel useful and love to work for praise and a sense of accomplishment.
~Kyra Sundance