ABOUT US

Raleigh NC Dog Trainers

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 is eager to help you meet your dog training goals.  We are a full-service dog training company based in Raleigh, NC.

Utilizing modern, science based training techniques, head trainer and groomer, Jesi Kirk CBCC-KA and her team will deliver the results you are looking for. Browse our site to 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 (referencing the “Position Statement on Humane Dog Training issued by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior“) 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 been training dogs professionally since 2008 and has been grooming dogs professionally since 2006.  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 for 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 and a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification requiring hundreds of logged training hours and passing a comprehensive exam. Jesi is also an American Kennel Club CGC Approved Evaluator and Certified Fear Free Professional Dog Trainer and Groomer, vowing to use the least invasive techniques possible when training and grooming pets. She is one of Raleigh, NC’s exclusive few Fear Free certified dog groomers; her specialties include Creative Grooming and Cooperative Care. Jesi enjoys giving back to the community through therapy dog visits and donations to local rescues that help find homes for unwanted pets. She has also enjoyed competing and earning titles in Rally Obedience, Conformation, Agility, and Trick Dog.

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 since she was a young child; she would set up makeshift agility courses in her home for her family Dachshund, Buddha. She has previously ridden in a rodeo and loved to teach fun tricks to the horses 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 training dogs professionally since 2015. Remy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; this certification requires hundreds of logged hours and passing a comprehensive exam. She is also a Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer and American Kennel Club CGC Approved Evaluator. Remy has participated in Rally Obedience, Agility, Barn Hunt, Parkour, and Dock Diving and has earned titles in Trick Dog.

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 a dog’s special role 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 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 a connection with them. Keegan shares their life with one human, three dogs, two cats, and other small animals. They spend their 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 and bring their best when working with dogs and people. 

Keegan has been training professionally since 2017 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 Professional Dog Trainer Certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers from 2020 to 2023. Keegan is 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, Fast Coursing Ability Tests, and the American Kennel Club’s Family Dog Program.

 

Pamela Wyman, CTC, CSAT

Certified Separation Anxiety Specialist and Behavior Counselor

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Howling Moon Pet Care Trainer, Pamela Wyman CTC, CSAT brings an enthusiastic and creative teaching style to her work that makes training fun, intelligent, and successful for dogs and people. Clients find Pamela able to treat seemingly unsolvable behavior issues with innovative techniques. Her areas of interest and expertise are enriching relationships between owners and dogs, and setting up puppies, adolescents and new rescue companions to succeed as family members.

Pamela enjoys keeping a fresh perspective on learning and dog training; she regularly attends conferences, seminars, workshops and, perhaps most importantly continues to learn from each and every client and dog she works with.

Pamela has been training professionally since 1997 and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, having studied under Separation Anxiety expert, Malena DeMartini, and also holds a Certificate in Training and Counseling as a graduate of the prestigious SF/SPCA Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers.

 

Jordaan Van Romburgh, CPDT-KA, FDM

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

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Howling Moon Pet Care Trainer Jordaan Van Romburgh, CPDT-KA, FDM, grew up on a small farm in Cape Town, South Africa, with a wide variety of animals. His down-to-earth, big-hearted approach to humans and animals gives him a special way with clients and dogs; clients adore Jordaan and look forward to the progress dogs make under his guidance!

Jordaan is gifted at teaching dogs new behaviors like loose leash walking, coming when called, tricks, reducing impulsive and reactive behaviors, and improving the relationship between dog and human. Shy dogs, quirky dogs, and “misunderstood” types capture Jordaan’s interest. He has spent over 12 years in the Animal Shelter and Care world, and training and caring for family dogs in California and North Carolina for the last eight years. After assisting many long-time trainers on both coasts, he has a vast toolkit and tons of hands-on experience.

Jordaan has been working with dogs professionally since 2004 and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; this certification requires hundreds of logged hours and passing a comprehensive exam. Jordaan is also a Certified Family Dog Mediator through the L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course.

 

Certification & Education

Why Certifications Matter

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

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 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 this allows us to better serve our clients and community.

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