PJ’s entire career has revolved around animals. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Animal Science, she spent nearly two decades working with exotic animals as a zookeeper and zoo manager. PJ has cared for and trained primates, reptiles, birds, invertebrates, and mammals. She shifted her focus to working with dogs professionally in 2018.

Her interest in training dogs was sparked by becoming a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. As a puppy raiser, PJ provides care, socialization, and training for a puppy until they turn 20 months old. CCI places dogs as service dogs to people with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. She is currently raising Watkins, the cheerful Lab in her bio picture! Service dog candidates need to be trained to a high level of reliability in public. Raising these puppies has given PJ a lot of hands-on experience socializing puppies to be confident and well-behaved.

Prior to joining the Crossbones crew in 2020, PJ was the lead trainer for a dog training program in Massachusetts. She earned the Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) designation in 2019 and is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. We are thrilled to have her as part of our crew!

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator APDT Professional Member

PJ Jones CPDT-KA | Dog Trainer in Providence, RI