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Jessica Philp:
Training Manager

Jessica has been a zoo keeper at the Brandywine Zoo and the Philadelphia Zoo, caring for a wide variety of animals including meerkats, white rhino, bearded pigs, vampire bats, zebras, and giant anteaters. Her responsibilities included husbandry and training. Jessica was also an assistant marine mammal trainer at the New England Aquarium. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Boston University. Jessica joined Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center in 2015 as a daycare teacher and dog trainer. She has earned certificates from Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center. At home she spends time with her two young sons, a black Lab-Shar Pei mix, Mason, and her quarter horse Sunny.

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Megan Foley:
Lead Trainer

Megan joined Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center in 2015 as a daycare teacher and dog trainer. She has earned certificates from Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center, and is working toward a degree in Psychology at Montgomery County Community College. Megan is often seen with her three well-trained dogs: Roscoe, an Alaskan Malamute; Sully, a Great Pyrenees; and Zane, an Australian Shepard. Besides spending time with her lovable pack, Megan enjoys hiking and snowboarding.

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Christine Giordano:
Senior Trainer

Christine earned a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation & Management from Delaware Valley University and was an intern at AARK Rehabilitation Center in New Britain Township, PA and Glen Afric Country Lodge in South Africa. She joined Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center in 2015 as a daycare teacher and dog trainer. Christine is a pet parent to Roxy, a young Beagle mix. In her free time, Christine enjoys hiking and traveling.

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Sierra Stine:
Senior Trainer

Sierra joined Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center as a daycare teacher and dog trainer in 2016. She is a senior at Delaware Valley University studying Biology with a specialization in Zoology. Sierra is also the captain of the DVU Field Hockey team and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. And when the pups are in the play yard pools, rest assured everyone is safe since Sierra is a certified lifeguard. She loves spending time with her Border Collie-hound mix Ava.

Why do we believe our training methods are better?

Our trainers are members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The professional training team at Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center uses positive reinforcement methods for lasting results. Through the 3 “P”s — practice, persistence and patience —most any dog can learn using positive reinforcement.

Clear communication fosters confidence and creates a positive relationship. Teaching basic obedience establishes a language your dog can understand and sets expectations for good behavior.

No two dogs are the same. To achieve effective training and long-term success, the dog as a whole must be taken into consideration. Breed characteristics, personality, and overall energy level are evaluated in order to tailor a program that will connect with your dog. For example, herding breeds may have a different response to learning certain commands. Puppies may need extra time to learn so breaking down the process into easier steps is helpful.

A training program should be designed to fit the dog. It’s not as simple as giving a tasty treat when the dog does something good. Training should be physically and mentally engaging for the dog. Giving the dog the ability to think and problem solve are key elements to effective learning.

Positive reinforcement training is about teamwork and clear, consistent communication.

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