About the Author

Jennifer Messer is a veterinarian working in small animal practice in Ontario, Canada. In addition to routine clinical medicine, Jennifer conducts private canine behaviour consultations and has designed and implemented an in-clinic puppy parenting program to educate dog-owning clients about puppy behaviour and training.

Jennifer completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at McGill University, where she graduated with First Class Honours in 1993. She then went on to study Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. During her years as a veterinary student, she established and operated Montessaurus Puppy School in Guelph, where she now serves as the curriculum consultant. Jennifer has given numerous lectures and workshops to veterinarians, dog trainers, veterinary students, government agencies, and the general public on a variety of canine behaviour topics, including aggression and early training and socialization. She has been featured on television, written extensively on canine behaviour for the popular media, and is currently a columnist for
Modern Dog magazine.

Jennifer is well recognized as a leader in curriculum development for young puppies, and her comprehensive puppy class program
The Kinderpuppy Course – A Curriculum Manual for Instructors, published by PavSki Canine Educational Resources, is being used by puppy class instructors worldwide.

Jennifer is owned by her pit bull terrier, Charlotte, and her hound, Mr. F. Bender.