About the Owner
Pets are family members, and it can be stressful when your pet has behavior problems. Jen Gumas, owner of Wiggles and Woofs Dog Training and Pet Care, helps pet owners resolve canine behavior concerns using positive, ethical, effective methods that are based in science.
Jen utilizes a holistic, LIMA-based philosophy when training animals. She uses rewards-based methods to modify behavior, and she does not use tools or techniques that are frightening, painful, or uncomfortable for dogs.
Jen enjoys working with dogs of all ages, breeds, and backgrounds. She especially appreciates working with rescue dogs and helping families develop good relationships with their adopted pets. Fearful and reactive dogs hold a special place in her heart.
As a former National Board Certified Teacher with a master’s degree in education, Jen’s teaching style reflects her knowledge of best practices for both human and canine learning. It’s Jen’s philosophy that dog trainers must excel at working with both dogs and their owners to help families succeed in living happily with their pets.
The Story Behind Wiggles and Woofs
After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2005, Jen began volunteering with Seattle Animal Shelter after moving to Seattle in 2007. Through walking and fostering dogs with the shelter, she gained experience working with many sizes and breeds of dogs.
After more than a decade of teaching science in the classroom on weekdays and volunteering with animals on the weekends, it was time for a change. That change was to found a small and unique business, Wiggles and Woofs, to pursue her joy of working with animals full-time. Over time, Wiggles and Woofs evolved, starting with a focus in pet care, and later changing to being focused on dog training and behavior consulting after Jen earned her credentials as a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA).
After re-locating to the east side, Jen began volunteering with Seattle Humane’s Dog Behavior and Socialization team and Behavior Program, working with some of the shelter’s most challenging dogs. Jen was thrilled to later become a dog training instructor for Seattle Humane’s dog training classes that are open to both adopters and the public.
In 2018, Jen founded Seattle Humane’s volunteer BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) program to help fearful, frustrated, and reactive shelter dogs. She attended the Official BAT School and became a CBATI (certified BAT instructor) in October of 2019. She also set up Seattle’s Eastside BAT Group on Facebook to grow and connect the community of dog owners interested in learning more about BAT in the greater Seattle area.
More recently, Jen worked with a group of local trainers to launch the Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers (HART), a national organization that connects rescue animals with behavior needs to free training and behavior consulting. She also teaches a pay-what-you-can Learn to Speak Dog seminar monthly to help dog owners better understand their companions.
A strong believer in giving back, Jen looks forward to continuing to help dogs with behavioral challenges in our community. When she’s not at work or volunteering, you can find Jen hiking or biking with her adopted miniature schnauzer, Ada.