ABOUT US

 HOWLING MOON PET CARE

MEET THE TRAINERS

“We believe in enjoying life together to the fullest!”

Feeling overwhelmed with a new puppy?  Rescue a dog that could use a training transformation?

We are a team of highly qualified trainers with an abundance of knowledge and experience who are eager to help you solve your dog training problems.  We are a full-service dog training company based in Raleigh, NC.

Utilizing the most modern, science based training techniques, head trainer and groomer, Jesi Kirk CPDT-KA and her team will deliver the results you are looking for. Take a look around and learn about our trainers and service options and you will see why more and more people are choosing to train their dogs with Howling Moon Pet Care.

Is it time for you to have that beautifully trained dog that you have always wanted to enjoy life with?  We are ready when you are!

Strengthen your relationship with your dog.

“We believe in enjoying life together to the fullest!”

Positive and Effective Training to Strengthen your Relationship with your Dog

We believe in creating a positive and effective learning experience by utilizing modern science-based training techniques (using a LIMA approach) along with real-world training and handling experience to provide quick results that significantly improve behavior while helping you enjoy life to the fullest with your pet.

MEET THE TRAINERS

Jesi Kirk, CBCC-Ka, CPDT-KA, FFCP, AKC Evaluator

Owner and Head Trainer/Groomer, Certified Behavior Consultant

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Howling Moon Pet Care Owner and Head Trainer/Groomer, Jesi Kirk, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA has been training dogs since she was 8 years old. Jesi dreamed of working with dogs at a young age. In college, at NCSU, she contemplated becoming a Veterinarian. Instead, she completed a grooming apprenticeship at a local vet’s office and received a degree in Education. Although she enjoyed working with children, she knew her heart belonged to dogs. Jesi has over fifteen years of experience in dog training and grooming on a professional level. Her experience teaching children gives her the confidence, creativity, and patience to educate dog owners on training, grooming, and husbandry techniques.

Jesi is forever grateful of the bond that exists between dogs and their people. After all, dogs have helped to shape Jesi’s entire life and her many dogs over the years have taught her so much about enjoying life to the fullest. She is well aware of the healing component a dog can bring to your life and promoting this special connection is a significant part of Howling Moon Pet Care’s mission and philosophy.

Jesi is a certified professional dog trainer as well as a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification that requires hundreds of logged training hours and passing a comprehensive exam. Jesi is also a certified Fear Free Dog Trainer and Groomer vowing to use the least invasive techniques possible when training and grooming pets. She is one of the only Fear Free certified dog groomer in Raleigh, NC. Her specialties include Creative Grooming and Cooperative Care. She has also enjoyed competing and earning titles over the years in Rally Obedience, Conformation, Agility, and Trick Dog. Jesi enjoys giving back to the community in the form of therapy dog visits and donations to local rescues who help find homes for unwanted pets. Jesi is also an approved evaluator for the AKC.

Remy Metzger, CPDT-KA, FFCP, AKC Evaluator

Certified Dog Trainer

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     Howling Moon Pet Care Trainer, Remy Metzger, CPDT-KA has been passionate about dogs from the time she was little.  As a young child, she would set up makeshift agility courses in her home for her family Dachshund, Buddha.  Remy has always loved animals of all shapes and sizes.  She has previously ridden in a rodeo and loved to teach fun tricks to the horse she rode.  As a teenager, she adopted a dog named Baby.  At a young age, Baby dealt with dog reactivity and aggression.  While rebuilding Baby’s ability to co-exist and communicate with her own species, Remy’s passion for dog training was ignited.

Remy has been dog training professionally for seven years.  Remy is a certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification that requires hundreds of logged hours and passing a comprehensive exam.   Remy has participated in Rally Obedience, Agility, Barn Hunt, Parkour, Dock Diving, and has earned titles in Trick Dog.  Remy is also an Evaluator with the American Kennel Club.

Keegan Matuszek KPA-CTP, FDM, FFCP, AKC Evaluator

Certified Dog Trainer

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Howling Moon Pet Care Trainer, Keegan Matuszek KPA-CTP, FDM, FFCP-Trainer has always enjoyed working with all types of animals. They discovered a passion for building relationships and understanding through training, and are especially appreciative of the special role that a dog can play in a person’s life; all of their dogs have taught them something different, and have contributed to shaping them as a person. Keegan strongly believes that training should be fun for both the dog and the people participating and that we can utilize the time we spend teaching our dogs skills to build our connection with them. Keegan shares their life with one human, two dogs, two cats, and other small animals. They spend their own time hiking, crafting, and in various sports and companion activities with their crew. Coming from a family of generations of educators, they value learning and hope to continue participating regularly in Continuing Education to expand their abilities to bring their best when working with dogs and people. 

Keegan has been training professionally for six years and is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Fear Free Certified Professional, Certified Family Dog Mediator through the L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course, and American Kennel Club CGC Approved Evaluator. They also held a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers from 2020 to 2023. Keegan is currently pursuing additional education and is a Diamond Member of the Grisha Stewart Academy. Their dogs participate in various activities and have earned qualifying scores and titles in Tricks, Barn Hunt, Rally Obedience, and the American Kennel Club’s Family Dog Program.

 

Certification & Education

Why Certifications Matter

At Howling Moon Pet Care, we take pride in acquiring and maintaining industry-recognized certifications for our trainers.

The dog training industry is grossly unregulated; therefore, anyone can call themselves a dog trainer. Because these certifications require a certain amount of continuing education in order to remain certified, they ensure that our trainers are always staying up to date on the most current and proven training techniques.

Not only do we attend continuing education seminars, conferences and workshops but we also spend hundreds of hours each year studying available materials such as books and lectures in order to expand our knowledge about scientifically proven training techniques. We feel that this allows us to better serve our clients and community.

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