Eden Halbert is a certified dog trainer with a Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) credential from the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; she is also certified in Pet First Aid & CPR. She started her own business working with dogs professionally in 2002 in San Francisco, and relocated to Placerville in 2007, renaming the business Sierra Dogs to reflect her new adopted region. Sierra Dogs currently serves Placerville and the greater Sacramento area (El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Cameron Park, Auburn, Loomis, Rancho Cordova, etc.).
A former French language instructor and Human Resources Manager, Eden knows how to effectively communicate with people and make learning fun. Her teaching skills enable her to help people and dogs better understand one other. Eden is also a professional pet, equine, & wildlife photographer who loves capturing animals’ natural personalities in pictures, you can see her work at the Sierra Luna Photography website or in the Gold Country Artists Gallery in historic downtown Placerville. Ask her about a custom photography session for your own dog or horse!
Eden shares her home with three wonderful huskies. Fifteen year old Luna takes her job as Eden’s Canine Training Assistant very seriously, although she’s in semi-retirement now that she has some help. Her ten year old adopted sister Vesta enthusiastically fulfills her duties as Assistant Canine Training Assistant, and two year old Frances is Doggy Playmate in Chief. Vesta, Luna, Frances, and Eden are all happiest when hosting dog boarding guests at their house.
Jess joined the Sierra Dogs team in January 2016 and has quickly proven himself invaluable as our Senior Pet Care Associate. His calm, gentle ways allow him to charm and focus any dog, from the most shy to the most hyper. He completed a Fear Free Certification Program (learn more about this program here) and is recognized as a Certified Fear Free Professional. His way with the dogs, and his skills as a photographer, videographer, and general purpose handyman, as well as his overall can-do attitude, make him a perfect addition to the Sierra Dogs family. He is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR, and is apprenticing with Eden to learn even more about dog behavior, body language, and training.