About Adventure K-9
Adventure K-9’s Philosophy
Welcome to Adventure K9!
We believe in approaching a dog based on their individual personality and genetic predisposition. This will allow for them to learn with a lower level of stress, and will result in a more permanent outcome with a dog that is happy, calm, and willing to learn.
Keep in mind, our own energy greatly affects the dog’s overall state of mind and behavior. Unless there are underlying medical issues, dogs are consistent and predictable. In order for them to understand us, we must also be consistent and predictable.
Dogs are at their calmest state when they have a clear understanding of boundaries and expectations. You must learn how to engage your dog and teach communication markers for both tuning in (their name), and tuning out (release). Also teaching communication markers for both appropriate and inappropriate behavior i.e. “good”, “yes”, and “no”.
We believe in teaching our dogs to maintain self-control in distracting environments. Your dog should choose you over any and all distractions. This results in a dog that responds to you reliably, no matter the environment. Engagement is key.
Dogs are intelligent beings that desire peace and balance within their pack. If they are approached in a way that they understand, they are willing and have the ability to learn quickly. Because dogs are pack animals they need regular interaction to maintain a healthy state of being. While dogs have varying levels of energy, they all need some form of daily physical, and mental exercise to maintain 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
With a background in horses, Morgan is a great addition to the team! Along with horse training and a passion for dog training since childhood, Morgan has worked in veterinary care and dog daycare settings, giving her a deep understanding of canine behavior and the human/dog relationship. Her passion for dog training shows the moment you meet her. Morgan is our breed expert! Ask her about any breed and she will tell you all about it!
Likes: Trail riding
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
Kenny has lived in Idaho since he was a child and started his career path with dogs early in life. He has been in the military for the past five years.
Training is the natural path Kenny decided to take as he loves creating a bond with dogs and his friendly nature makes him fun to work whether two or four legged. We are so happy to have Kenny on our team!
Likes: Being with family
Dislikes: People that are mean for no reason
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