About Adventure K-9
Welcome to the AK9 Family!
We are a team of passionate and driven individuals with a variety of skillsets and specialties. You will probably meet all of us at some point during your training or grooming journeys. All of our trainers, training assistants, and groomers work together to make Adventure K-9 successful. Our mission is to help you reach your goals with your dog. Are you ready to join the AK9 Family?
Our approach to training dogs is based on their unique personalities and genetic predispositions. This approach minimizes stress and promotes long-term positive outcomes, resulting in happy, calm dogs that are receptive to learning.
It’s important to note that our energy levels have a significant impact on a dog’s behavior and mindset. Assuming there are no underlying health concerns, dogs are predictable creatures. In order to effectively communicate with them, we must be consistent and predictable in our own behavior.
When dogs understand boundaries and expectations, they become their calmest selves.
Teaching communication markers, such as their name for tuning in and a release for tuning out, as well as “good” and “no” for appropriate and inappropriate behavior, helps to establish this communication and understanding. Our approach emphasizes on training dogs to maintain self-control and focus on their handler, so they can choose their people over any distraction, resulting in reliable responses in many environments. This engagement is vital for dogs, who seek balance and peace in their pack. If approached in a way they understand, dogs are willing and able to learn quickly. Since they are social animals, regular interaction is crucial to their well-being. Regardless of energy levels, daily exercise, both physical and mental, is essential for maintaining balance.
Let’s talk science!
We stay open to all four quadrants of Operant Conditioning, as well as utilizing Classical Conditioning. This all depends on the individual dog and client personality types.
Operant Conditioning involves learning through the consequences of behavior, whether that is positive or negative.
Classical Conditioning is a type of learning that happens unconsciously. When you learn through classical conditioning, an automatic conditioned response is paired with a specific stimulus.
For example: When you clicker train a dog, they hear the click and automatically start salivating because they know their treat is coming.
Our goal at Adventure K-9 is to help you understand your dog, teach you how to have fun with them, and assist you in training your canine companion to respond reliably, with a wagging tail and calm state of mind.
Founder / CEO
Jennifer Lackie is certified in Training and Behavior and has been working with dogs for over 20 years.
She spent several years developing skills working with other trainers in a collaborative setting, working with extreme cases of problem behaviors and aggression.
Beyond working with pet dogs and owners, Jennifer has experience working with sled dogs and wild animals, giving her an even broader range of experience in the animal world.
In addition to Adventure K-9, she also offers online dog training for people who live outside of the Boise area, and for people who just would prefer to have virtual training.
Likes: Lazy mornings
Dislikes: Beets, even pickled beets, they’re just gross
Lead Trainer / Executive Assistant
Amber has a natural passion for dogs and has from a young age. Growing up in Green Bay, WI, she has a love for hiking, camping, and being outdoors in general. Amber moved to the Boise area in 2012 and never looked back. Her natural ability and past professional experience shine through daily when she is helping people and their dogs.
We feel honored to have such a gifted talent helping our clients succeed with their dogs.
Likes: Singing and dancing in her living room
Dislikes: Being stuck in traffic
Julie is an Idaho native who has always had a deep love for dogs. After having a reactive dog herself, her true passion for training came alive. She loves the in-depth and continued learning required to make a good trainer and she truly wants to help others succeed with their dogs.
Julie’s passion shows when she is working with the dogs and clients alike.
Likes: Good music
Dislikes: People who don’t return their carts to the cart corral
Pack Handler/Trainer's Assistant
We are so happy to introduce our newest member to the team, Nolan! Nolan has wanted to be a dog trainer for a long time. Nolan loves learning and trying new things and it shows, along with his natural ability with the dogs. His calm, friendly, and hard-working demeanor make him a perfect fit for our Pack Handler. You’ll see Nolan hanging with the pack, assisting with the training, and safely transporting the pups. When Nolan isn’t working, he likes hanging in nature with his girlfriend and their pack, Huckleberry, Mardi, and Sophie.
Likes: Campfires, sunshine, pine trees, and sugar
Dislikes: Hypocrisy, electronics, wet socks, and sugar
Pack Handler/Trainers Assistant
Mikayla is a Boise native with a deep love for the great outdoors. When She’s not working on her degree in Animal Behavior, you can find her exploring the beauty of nature with her loyal companion, Arlo.
Whether it’s camping under the stars or engaging in seasonal sports, Mikayla thrives in the fresh air and the freedom of the wilderness. Growing up around animals, particularly dogs and horses, has instilled in her a passion for all creatures great and small.
Likes: Hot springs, music, and quiet mornings
Dislikes: Tap water and waiting in long lines
Brittnie has a lifelong love of dogs. A born native, from Nampa, Brittnie loves her family and likes to get outdoors as much as possible.
Six years ago she decided grooming was her passion and we are so glad she is part of the team. Brittnie’s patient, caring and positive energy is exactly what makes a great groomer. Her skills are obvious at the end of each appointment as the dogs are happy and look great!
Likes: Family get-togethers
Dislikes: Cucumbers, like, she’ll use chopsticks to pick it out of Sushi!
Will has been a wonderful addition to the grooming team! Born in Mexico, Will moved to Boise when he was just a boy. His bilingual skills are an asset and his calm demeanor is so helpful for the dogs who are a little nervous about being groomed. Will has always loved being around animals and he makes the art of grooming look easy (I assure you it is not!). He looks forward to honing in on his cat grooming skills which will be nice for your hairy cats!
Likes: Live music and breakfast food
Dislikes: Reality Television