We use purely positive, non-aversive dog training methods that are both effective and that help form a positive human/canine bond between you and your best friend.
At Unleashed Joy, we have a very specific way of doing things. All of our dog training operations are managed directly by a certified, purely positive dog trainer/behavior counselor. That means no “guessing” about what dog behavior means, no outdated notions of “dominance” or showing your dog “who’s boss.” These are flawed concepts based on logically untenable research. Instead, we use purely positive training techniques that have been proven to be more effective. We apply this purely positive approach in all situations, from group classes and private training and when interacting with our board and train guests.
We strive to offer our students the most comprehensive and up to date training methods available. In using these methods, you will not only have fun with your dog, you will also feel good about what you are doing!
Beth Joy, CPDT-KA
Lead Trainer and Owner
Our lead trainer, Beth Joy, started apprenticing with world-renowned dog trainer and author Pat Miller. Pat Miller in early 2010. Beth is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Pat Miller Certified Dog Trainer (PMCT), a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT), and is Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. She also serves as an on-call dog trainer and assessor for various animal rescue organizations. Beth continuously attends educational seminars and workshops to broaden her scope of knowledge in the field of dog behavior and training. She works regularly with her Border Collie, Belle, and small breed mix rescue, Leo. She also has a cat named Noodle.
Olivia Bainter, CPDT-KA
Olivia joined Unleashed Joy in 2020. She began apprenticing with us and is now a full time trainer. She also volunteers for Almost Home Dog Rescue. Olivia graduated from Towson University in 2021 with a degree in marketing. She is a CPDT-KA, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer as well as a Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT). She is a member of Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT).
She loves spending time and training her two dogs, Teddy, a Shih Tzu mix and Wilbur, a bulldog mix.
Veronica Beman, PPC, APC
Veronica joined Unleashed Joy in 2022, assisting Beth’s Reactive Dog classes. Her training methods focus on creating cohesive relationships between humans and their canine companions, where all species can live in harmony and get their needs met under one roof.
Veronica is based in Germantown, takes clients throughout Montgomery County, and teaches basic manners classes for puppies and adult dogs at Your Dog’s Friend in Rockville. She is currently enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy, slated to be a KPA Certified Training Partner in November 2023. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and the Animal Positive Coalition. Outside of dog training, Veronica loves rock climbing, yoga, reading, and getting outside with her own dog, Willa.
Meghan started out as the boarding manager at Unleashed Joy back in 2015. Unfortunately, we had to close our boarding facility due to Covid, but Meghan has continued to do in-home pet sitting. She can stay at your home the whole time, even during the day! She loves dogs and has a small rescue dog named Ivar.
Kenny is the husband of our owner and lead trainer, Beth Joy,
and the family dog walker extraordinaire. He helps take care
of boarders that we have on occasion, and board and trains.
He lives with his wife, Beth, along with their two dogs, Belle and Leo, and their cat, Noodle. He's excited to meet you and your precious pooches and favorite felines!