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!