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About Homeward Bound Behavior & Training, LLC

Homeward Bound Behavior and Training, LLC is owned by Emily Blythe.  Emily has over 15 years of experience helping families and pets in need. She got her start in Nebraska, moved to Iowa, and now her journey has brought her to Wisconsin!


She has extensive experience working in animal shelters and veterinary clinics. She specializes in feline, canine, and avian behavior and implements behavior modification through force free training. She is committed to a science-based approach to training, behavior modification, and teaching people.

She holds her associate certification in the canine division and full certification through the feline division through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, is a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer, a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, and a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin. She has also completed the Aggression in Dogs Master Course as well as the Feline Inappropriate Elimination Master Course.

She offers in-person training and pet sitting within a 40 mile radius of Wyocena, Wisconsin and virtual training worldwide!

References are available upon request!

Picture of head dog trainer and behavior consultant Emily Blythe.

Meet The Team


Jolene Short, CDBC, CPDT-KA, CSAT, FFCP (Trainer)

Jolene is a certified behavior consultant and professional dog trainer who began her journey in the behavior world over a decade ago and works with clients across the country on a range of hurdles such as nuisance behaviors, reactivity, resource guarding, generalized anxiety, fear-based aggression, noise phobias and separation anxiety. She also loves to focus on educational resources and workshops for vet clinics, shelters, rescues and daycares as she has a background working in these environments and realizes just how important it is for all involved in a pet's care to work as a team for the betterment of each companion's quality of life and overall health. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC), Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT - KA), and a member of the Pet Professional Guild.

Jolene offers in-person training within a 40 mile radius of Des Moines, IA and virtual training worldwide!

“Most cases I encounter, owners are at their wits’ end with their pet’s behavior. My goal is to help the pet stay where it is most comfortable—at home. Home is family and that’s what my pets have been to me. The connections I have made with animals over the years is why I love my work. By working with people to modify and overcome their pet’s behavior problems, it is possible to salvage that all-important connection.”

– Emily Blythe, Owner & Founder

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