Erin Jones

Dog Behavior Consultant
Dog Aggression
Dog Anxiety
Animal Behavioral Maladaptations



  • Dog behavior consultant and professional dog trainer with a wealth of certifications from trusted animal behavior organizations, including IAABC-CDBC, CCPDT-CPDT-KA, and CANZ-ABC/ATI.
  • Deeply involved in the academic study of animal behavior, having completed a Master's degree in Anthrozoology and a PhD in Animal Studies.
  • Author of "Constructing Canine Consent: Conceptualising and adopting a consent-focused relationship with dogs" (Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, 2024), and a prolific contributor to dog-related media, including K9 of Mine, Journey Dog Training, and PetMD.


Originally hailing from Canada, Erin Jones embarked on her distinguished journey in the world of animal behavior and training at the Companion Veterinary Clinic in Alberta, under the mentorship of Jessica Benoit. This journey took her from becoming a certified professional dog trainer to specializing in complex behavior modification plans for dogs facing challenges with fear, anxiety, and aggression. In 2016, Jones moved to Nova Scotia to continue her education at Canisius College, where her esteemed project, the Merit Dog Project, was born. This endeavor focused on enhancing her practical dog training experience with extensive research, seminars, writing, and mentorship in the field. Her academic pursuit did not stop here; in 2018, Jones relocated to New Zealand, furthering her studies and earning a PhD at the University of Canterbury in association with the New Zealand Centre for Human Animal Studies. Her research primarily explored the human-dog relationship, emphasizing humane training methods and ethical considerations of canine consent. Jones continues to impact the field through her work as the Science Content Editor for the IAABC Foundation, curating and supporting educational material for both members and certificants, and as an instructor of flagship online courses.

Teaching and Behavior Modification Philosophy

Erin Jones is steadfast in her belief that dog training and behavior modification should be grounded in the latest scientific research and follow a code of ethics that prioritizes minimally invasive techniques. She champions a training philosophy centered around consent and communication, ensuring a compassionate approach that respects the autonomy of the animal. Firmly opposing the use of aversive training devices like shock, choke, or prong collars, Jones's methods reflect her commitment to ethical and effective animal training.

Academics and Certifications

Erin Jones's impressive array of certifications speaks to her dedication and expertise in the field of animal behavior and training. Holding titles such as Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CCPDT), and Accredited Animal Training Instructor (CANZ), Jones's qualifications are comprehensive. Her academic credentials further underscore her authority in the field, with degrees including a BSc in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Welfare, an MSc in Anthrozoology, and a PhD in Animal Studies. In every aspect of her work, Erin Jones embodies the principles of compassionate, science-based animal training and behavior consultation, making a significant impact on the lives of dogs and their human companions worldwide.

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