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Ask the Dog Trainer: Gerry Anna Jones joins Best Behavior team – TCPalm

VERO BEACH — At Best Behavior Dog Training, we are always looking for new ways to improve our services. I'm excited to announce the addition of Gerry Anna Jones to the Best Behavior team. Gerry Anna has an interesting background in zoos and bird training and care. Her unique experiences give fresh eyes to our training and behavior programs. In addition to volunteering at local bird rescues and wildlife rehab centers, Gerry Anna works at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. This gives her many opportunities to work with dogs and cats and stretch her understanding of a wide variety of animals.

Along with training dogs with Best Behavior, Gerry Anna offers bird training and behavior modification through Brainy Bird Behavior Solutions, Now, we can help you more of your companion animals.

Best Behavior has some group training opportunities coming up in July. First is our always popular Pet Dog Manners and Behavior class. Beginning July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Florida Veterinary League, this class teaches you how to train your dog to understand basic cues such as sit, down, stay and come. I always say this class is where training begins. It is suitable for dogs of all ages and helps open the pathways of communication between you and your pet. This is a four week class and limited to six dog and handler teams.

Another very popular class is Attention Please. This class will begin on July 15 at 10 a.m. at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. This class is designed to help your dog stay focused on you, even when there are distractions. Attention Please is also suitable for dogs of all ages. No previous training is required. The skills you need will be taught in class using science based training methods that focus on motivation, praise and rewards. This is a five-week class. The first week is without your dog so we can exchange ideas and information with fewer distractions.

Agility is available three days a week at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. This is my only outdoor class this time of year. Classes are available Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. Please contact me for details about agility classes.

Training is fun all year round. Try a Best Behavior class and improve your connect with your dog!

Cissy Sumner of Best Behavior Dog Training is Vero’s first Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed and Certified Behavior Counselor Canine-Knowledge Assessed as well as a Consulting Trainer and Behavior Counselor for the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. If you have a training or behavior question, email Cissy at or visit for additional information.

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