SassyT canine academy

Since 2003, dogs from Montana to New York have benefited from the upbeat, informative training classes and the creative, personalized private lessons that are SassyT Canine Academy. I have always used the most up-to-date, scientifically-sound positive reinforcement training techniques to mold, shape, and encourage behavior in everything from 8-week-old Chihuahua puppies to full grown, 200-pound rowdy Irish Wolfhounds. Currently, I serve a variety of private training clients throughout all of lower Westchester and Greenwich, as well as teaching group lessons in White Plains at Port Chester Obedience Training Club.

Jenn Michaelis, BA, CPDT-KA

Accreditations and Associations

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed www.ccpdt.org
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen & STAR Puppy Evaluator since 2003 www.akc.org
  • Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers www.apdt.com

SassyT Canine Academy dog training adheres to the CCPDT Humane Hierarchy and Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach to behavior modification and training. Learn more


My Mission

I am committed to training dogs with force-free, positive-reinforcement training techniques that are fun, effective, and easy to learn. I aim to empower and educate dog guardians to create a well-behaved and cherished family member.

I have had the opportunity to watch Jenn work with a variety of dogs and owners. I watched as she adjusted her exercises for shy dogs, bold dogs, busy dogs, clumsy owners, child trainers, seniors and even a couple who warred with each other for an entire semester. Jenn’s patience and consistent, positive approach elicited the best from all of us.
Then, she would raise the bar just a bit and encourage even finer results. She invented games that added humor and zest to our efforts and her suggestions when we hit a sticking point have been invaluable. I am sure that if you choose Jenn to work with you and your dog, you will be delighted with the many talents she brings to her task.
— Taylor Pape and "Inkadoodle," Frenchtown, Montana