Get CEUs, level up your dog training skills at the last Advanced Academy


It’s the end of an era.

When we started AnimalSense Academy in 2008 , the dream was to make working with dogs accessible to anyone and everyone, make the world a better place for animals through humane-based, research-based methodology, and create a community around both of those things. Over the years since Academy opened its doors, we collectively taught thousands of classes, trained tens of thousands of dogs, changed our name to CanineLink, and, finally, to FetchFind Academy.  I met so many smart, funny, fantastic people through the Academy programs that it leaves me speechless when I sit down to think about it.

But good things do sometimes come to an end (if only to make way for even better things). It is with a heavy, but proud, heart that I let you know the final FetchFind Academy Advanced Training program will happen this spring. This will be the last opportunity for you or your employees to take this comprehensive training program in its current form.

What you’ll get:

  • 20 weeks of hands on classroom and hands on learning from Chicago’s top dog training and behavior experts
  • Science based, positive reinforcement
  • Hands-on experience with a variety of demo dogs
  • Comprehensive training in handling and treating behavior problems, counseling clients, teaching and modifying behavior

We’ve added an extra month to the beginning of the program so that even if you haven’t been through our Essentials program, don’t have formal dog training experience, or if it’s been a while since you were in the classroom, you can still be ready to go out and get a position as a professional dog trainer by September 2018.

For business owners who want to add another revenue stream, this is the perfect opportunity to educate your best employee(s) and turn them into dog trainers.

If you’re already a dog trainer, but want to increase your skill level and get valuable continuing education credits, you’ll get 30 CEUs (certified through APDT) and connections throughout the dog training community. Many of our alumni obtained positions at boutique and multi-location training facilities immediately after graduation from Academy, have gone on to become CPDT-KA, and even started their own dog training companies!

Advanced Academy runs April 11 through August 29, 2018 (Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9:30 pm).

Want to learn more? Contact Lynda Lobo at, and she can answer all of your questions.

Finally, there are only 4 spots left, so don’t delay.

All the best,

Jamie Sig Trans - First Only


How did I get here?

By Sarah GazianoSarah puppy

I often think, How did I get here? or Who am I?

My dad is a Buddhist, and those are pretty common questions one is supposed to ask during times of reflection, mindfulness and meditation. Maybe that’s why I ask myself these questions so often. Maybe I’m just a self-centered person. Either way I thought some of you might like to know: How did I get here?

I guess it started with a Facebook ad. One day I was on my computer, minding my own business, when I noticed an ad asking “Do you want to be a dog trainer?”. For days I couldn’t get that idea out of my head, but I thought it must be frivolous. I was getting my MBA at the time, and thought a job hanging out with dogs all day would be like throwing it away.

Flash forward a few weeks, and I still couldn’t get this idea out of my head. I started a conversation with my mother, and I just blurted it out. Oh crap, I just told my mother, someone who has very high hopes for me, I want to be a dog trainer. Her response?

“That sounds like an amazing career. We should call Jamie. I bet she knows how you can get started.”

Insert Jamie Migdal, CEO of FetchFind. At the time she was running an academy for people who want to be dog trainers. I signed up. Turns out, I knew nothing about dogs. Jamie turned my world upside down and made me an awesome dog trainer. I couldn’t get enough of her, and when a job as her assistant opened up, I jumped at the chance.

I was her assistant for a year, an office admin a year after that and Program Coordinator a year after that. A few companies later, and I’m still here, putting my MBA to good use as the Director of Operations at FetchFind. I still get to work with Jamie and the greatest colleagues a girl could ask for, and I get to work with dogs whenever and wherever I want. It’s a great gig, and I didn’t throw away my MBA after all!


Fido of All Trades: How having so many pet industry jobs helped me fetch my calling


LyndaBy Lynda Lobo, CPDT-KA

Confession time. I started working in the pet industry by chance, not by choice.

I graduated from college in 2008. Needless to say, the job market was rough. I ended up as a bather at a small groom shop and, although I’d always dreamed of working with animals, I thought it was a temporary way to get by.

Things took off from there. My career has taken me from bathing and grooming to daycare to reception to walking to management to training. It took me a while to find my calling, but I’m grateful because all this experience brings a unique perspective to my role as Director of Education at FetchFind.

When I first started out, I was lost. I had four years of college under my belt, but I lacked canine knowledge, despite being a life-long dog owner and lover. To make matters worse, I was given conflicting information, and so was basically left to figure things out for myself.

Essentially, I tried it all. What consistently worked best to help me work effectively with the dogs in my care was using methods based on science, compassion, and a whole lot of patience. Through some research and lots of trial-and-error, I learned how to expertly clip nails, how to get 25 dogs to sit at once, nutrition requirements, what’s the very best gear for dog walkers, how to talk to a client about their dog’s matted coat, and how to train new employees.

I also learned where the gaps are in staff training. By helping to produce content for FetchFind, my goal is to bring awesome, relatable, and practical information to pet businesses so that everyone feels empowered to take the very best care of every animal (and human client!) they meet. More education means higher job satisfaction, lower turnover, and happy clients.

I may have fallen into the pet industry by chance, but I choose it every single day. I love what I do and I want to help others do the same!


Tell us your story!

How did you get started in the pet industry? What do you wish you had known when you started? What do you love about what you do?