About Our Instructors and Assistants
Owner and Instructor: Jodie Varner
Jodie A. Varner, BS, officially began training companion animals in 2005 at Moongazer Canine Companion Training assisting in all levels of instruction. When Moongazer relocated to Boston, Jodie decided it was time to continue the unique approach of positive training in the C-U area and opened JODIE VEE'S in 2010. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Evansville and became an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator in 2008. Jodie is a Professional Member of the Association of Profession Dog Trainers (APDT), and Professional Member of the the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals.
She has always had a passion to help people and pets and is an advocate for the humane treatment of all living beings. Jodie has attended numerous seminars including seminars with well-known trainers such as John Rogerson, Robin Bennett, and Susan Garrett to study new methods....and has traveled to England to study with well-known dog behaviorist and trainer, Richard Edge who also travels to the US each year to offer a multiple day workshop at JODIE VEE’S.
She is heavily involved in therapy dog volunteering with her beagle Levi who is one of the dogs who visits people at Carle Hospital and was the first dog who was allowed in the Federal Courthouse in Urbana to help victims who were testifying. This passion has grown so much that she and three other partners have started a Not-For-Profit specifically focusing on Therapy Animals....stay tuned for more information about this endeavor.
Jodie (who was named after her dad's favorite beagle) enjoys spending time with her dogs, and guinea pigs when not helping others with their canines!