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Meet Jenna

Jenna Powell is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) through Malena DeMartini, Inc., a Faculty Advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior, a Puppy Start Right Instructor through Karen Pryor Academy, an American Kennel Club (AKC) Evaluator, a supporting member of the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and a professional member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG).

Jenna wanted to work with dogs ever since she was a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind in her teens. She started seeking education and built her knowledge step by step. Naturally enterprising and practical, Jenna made the leap to full-time dog trainer after learning how to help her Great Dane, Bentley, who had separation anxiety.

When Jenna isn’t helping dogs and their guardians, she enjoys cooking, hiking, paddleboarding, and attending live music and sports.


Bentley was relinquished at a San Diego shelter and quickly picked up by a local Great Dane rescue. He had only been there 3 days when Jenna and her husband met him and decided to make him a part of their family.

Like many rescue dogs Bentley came with challenges (including separation anxiety), but his good looks and sweet demeanor melted their hearts. Through consistent training Bentley has become a wonderful companion. On any given day of the week you can find them taking Bentley on a “field trip” to a favorite park, trail, or anywhere there is water! Bentley enjoys these outings as well as learning new behaviors, using his nose to find treats, and simply soaking up the sun.

Bentley and Jenna’s Journey

Dog sleeping on couch while left alone at home

Having experienced separation anxiety with her Great Dane, Bentley, Jenna has great empathy for both the dog and owner who are going through this heartbreaking challenge. Soon after she and her husband adopted Bentley, they discovered that he was barking, howling, urinating and defecating when left alone. He was so panicked about being alone that he could not control himself.

When Jenna found Malena DeMartini, she knew they needed her help. They hired a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) to help Bentley overcome his anxiety when left alone and that changed everything – for Bentley, their family and her career. After working with a CSAT for two months they were able to leave Bentley for about an hour without any vocalization or anxious behavior. From there Jenna executed the training plan on her own and 5 months later they were able leave him alone for 5 1/2 hours. Bentley even started sleeping when they left! The peace of mind knowing that he is relaxed when they are away is invaluable and she would love for all owners to feel that same sense of peace when they leave their dogs.

This experience was extremely beneficial to her growth as a trainer and it has propelled her to help others and their dogs with this tragic disorder. Jenna would love for every owner that is struggling with this challenge to know that there is hope and she can help!

Our Dog Training Philosophy

At Powell’s Pups, staying educated on the most up-to-date science on dog behavior and using the most effective and humane dog training methods is our top priority. We believe that results are important but that how you get those results is key to helping you and your dog connect and thrive.

Dog training is currently an unregulated industry so unfortunately anyone can call themselves a dog trainer. What sets us apart is credentials.

Dog Guardians Who’ve Found Freedom!

“Jenna was such a joy to work with! [My dog] went from barking after 3 seconds after I walked out the door, to going hours without barking. She was patient, understanding, responsive, and supportive.  I could not have done this without her expertise.  She knew how to handle all the bumps along the road, and was always available when we needed additional support.”

Jessie A. 

My wife and I had an amazing time working with Jenna. She was so attentive, patient and professional. Her kindness and competence shined through in every zoom session. We 100% recommend Jenna to anyone who needs help with their pup’s separation anxiety!

Kelsee M. & Frank S.

 “Working with Jenna through Scooter’s separation anxiety was such a great experience. Jenna walked us through our training with compassion and humor, which was just what we needed. I’m happy to say this is Scooter’s first week since “graduating” and we were able to leave the house for two-hours with no problem! Never thought we’d be here. This program works!

-Jillian & Daniel L.

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