Chelsea Rock, CPDT-KA
Chelsea’s passion for animals was present from the get-go. She helped take care of family and friends’ pets and livestock throughout her youth, played a key role in raising and training field setters with her family, assisted in breed rescue, and of course, had a horse crazy streak as well. She later worked as a laboratory technician for a small veterinary business and as a veterinary technician for a large mixed animal practice.
She earned her BS in Zoology from Oregon State University. There, she studied a broad range of courses, from genetics to ethology. Continuing her academic career at Willamette University College of Law, Chelsea graduated with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 2014. She is an avid learner and plans to her Masters in an animal behavior field; in the meantime, she reads and watches all she can!
Chelsea attributes her growth as a trainer, values, and interest in force free training to her heart dog, Champ. With him, they explored the world of marker training and its applications to both fun stuff (like tricks) and to serious stuff (like fear-based aggression with handling and leash reactivity). While in school, she honed her skills at the Willamette Humane Society, walking dogs and helping the Behavior and Training Team in her free time.
Chelsea loves making learning fun for both ends of the leash and is committed to using effective rewards-based methods, with a special interest in marker training. She earned her CPDT-KA in 2016 and is a member of APDT.
In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys life with setters, family, and friends, and has a variety of pastimes, including hiking, horseback riding, trivia & game nights, gardening, cooking, baking, reading, wine tasting, and painting.
Nichole Myers-Youngquist, ABCDT
Jessi Keller, CPDT-KA
Jessi has been serving people and pets through her varied career at Willamette Humane Society for over 11 years. She is dedicated to humane training methods and has a particular passion for public and shelter dog playgrounds.
She earned the Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge-Assessed certificate in Fall 2015. She is the proud mom of a little human, four dogs and one cat!