A little bit about Jen Basile ... Growing up and living in rural Passaic County NJ has greatly influenced and impacted my love for animals and my passion for dogs.
My family saved two abandoned dogs in 1970 which was my first insight into rescue dogs, I am proud to have had many rescues for over 47 years. With these dogs my experience, skills, and talents for understanding the individual dog has been my greatest strength and has given me the ability to train with compassion and respect.
I have always had a natural intuition for all animals and started working with shelters dogs in 1980. I saw many dogs being “done away with” due to miscommunications between owners and dogs. I decided to make a difference and help these dogs.
There have been several rescue groups over the years that I have been fortunate to be involved with by offering services to evaluate, train, rehabilitate, foster, and help place dogs in the right home.
Captivated by the Belgian breeds back in 1996 I am blessed to share my home with them. Passionate about my dogs and paying it forward I began fostering dogs for Belgian Tervuren Rescue in 2006, each one touching my heart.
Professional Dog Trainers Course:
Canine Behavioral Institute, Marshalls Creek, PA
Advanced Training - Belgian Ring Sport
Special Intensive Seminars:
Character and Temperament, Reflexes, Instinct and Drive,
The Vicious Circle of Human-Canine Relationships, Training & Discipline, Raising the Perfect Dog
K9 NoseWork Intro/Odor Seminar
K9 Nosework Training Camp/Instructor Education Day
Reiki Level I and II Practitioner
Free Shaping Seminar
Fenzi Seminars/Dog Sports Academy:
Drives and Motivation for Obedience
Drives and Motivation
Heeling Games, Precision Heeling, Playing with Prey Drive
Cappy Pruett Stock Dog Training: Sheep/Cattle Herding Clinics 2012 to present. Attended Herding Clinics with Kyle Smith, Diane Sobel-Meyer,
and Jean Barrett .
Certified Evaluator: AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Trick Dog
Retired Therapy Dog Evaluator: Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs.
Competed in the following dog sports and organizations:
Agility: AKC, CPE (Canine Performance Events)
Barn Hunt Association
Herding: AHBA (American Herding Breed Association), AKC
Rally: AKC, WCR (World Cynosport Rally)
Associations past/present with Rescue Groups:
Belgian Tervuren Rescue, Belgian Sheepdog Rescue
Warwick Vally Humane Society, Warwick NY
Basset Hound Rescue (NJ, NY, PA)
Pet Adoption League (Warren County NJ)
Bergen County Animal Shelter (NJ)
Providing foster care for homeless pets since 1994
American Red Cross Certificate - Pet First Aid
Registered Bright & Beautiful Therapy Team since 2007
Department for Persons with Disabilities - Pet Therapy NJ
Developmental Center Volunteer – Visiting Pet Program
Working with dogs since 1980