Meet the Wiggle Butt Team
Jenny Kraus, CTC, CPDT-KA, FFCP
Jenny was born and raised in Dallas and has been an advocate for animals most of her life, becoming a volunteer and foster for the Richardson Humane Society in 2003, and a member of their board in 2018.
During her adult life, she has had the pleasure of sharing her life with nine dogs (five at one time, oh my!), three cats and a hamster named Bob. With The Richardson Humane Society, she’s fostered more than 50 dogs, placing them all in loving forever homes.
In the past several years Jenny has gotten more involved in the behavior side of rehabilitation and rehoming and was having some behavioral issues with her own pets when she reached out to Nicole. This fortuitous meeting led to a more harmonious family, the end of a long career in sales and marketing, and the beginning of a career dedicated to the welfare, training, and behavior modification of animals, and the people who own them.
Jenny a graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and is a Certifed Professional Dog Trainer from CCPDT. When not working with her clients, she dedicates time at Richardson Animal Shelter, providing enrichment, teaching basic manners, and finding homes for dogs who find themselves without one. Life could not be better.
Known as the "Harvard" of dog training schools, the Academy offers this two year comprehensive program with in- depth education in dog training, behavior modification and client counseling.Academy studies "focus on two main themes: how animals learn and how best to change their behavior; and how to work with the people who will be your clients. For the dog training component, this includes training obedience behaviors and understanding basic behavior problems, but also includes working with fearful and aggressive dogs."
Richardson Humane Society was chartered as a 501(c)3 Non Profit Texas corporation in 2000. We are an all volunteer group and have grown to more than 100 volunteers. As of 2019, we have rescued and re-homed over 2400 homeless pets.
The purpose of this society is to rescue and re-home adoptable pets, educate our community regarding the prevention of cruelty to animals, promote animal population control through advocation of spay/neuter programs, and extend humane education.
Fear Free Certified
Completing the Fear Free Animal Program allows trainers to work in partnership with veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress and improve an animal’s emotional wellbeing during veterinary care and home care. This certification program is designed to give qualified animal trainers the knowledge and tools required to begin implementing Fear Free techniques with their clients’ pets at the veterinary hospital, through in-clinic training classes for puppies and kittens, and in day-to-day training of animals in the home.
CPDT-KA stands for Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. Those with this certification have at least 300 hours of dog training experience within the previous three years, obtain a reference from another CPDT-KA trainer or veterinarian, and agree to the certification council's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and Least-Intrusive Minimally-Aversive (LIMA) Behavior Intervention Philosophy. They have also passed a 180-question exam that tests them on instruction skills, learning theory, ethology, training equipment and animal husbandry. To maintain certification status, trainers must complete continued education credits or re-take the exam every three years.
PPG Professional Member
The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) "was founded based on a commitment to provide educational resources to pet care providers and the public coupled with an emphasis on building collaboration among force-free pet trainers and professional pet care providers and advocates for mutually agreed guiding principles for the pet care industry. PPG partners, members and affiliates focus on each pet’s physical, mental, environmental and nutritional well-being adhering to a holistic approach to the care and training of family pets."