About Us

Homeward Bound Behavior and Training, LLC is owned by Emily Blythe.  Even though it was founded in 2019, Emily has 15 years of experience helping families and pets in need in both Nebraska and Iowa. She is excited to serve the people and animals of Wisconsin!


She has extensive experience working in animal shelters and veterinary clinics. She specializes in feline and canine behavior and implements behavior modification through positive reinforcement. 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 feline division through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild and Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin. She is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer.

References are available upon request!

Meet The Team

Jolene Harmer, CPDT-KA

Jolene has been a dog trainer/behavior consultant for nearly a decade. She began her behavior journey in animal shelters in Iowa and even completed a four-month long apprenticeship at one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the country! She has experience working with a large variety of behavior needs including reactivity, resource guarding, ex-puppy mill/hoarding cases, basic manners and much more. She is excited to join our team and grow with us!  

Doug Harmer

Doug has always been an animal lover, but finally decided to take his passion for their care to the next level when he began managing a boarding facility in Iowa over a year ago. His kind, gentle nature, his understanding of animal emotions and motivations, and his knowledge of body language makes him an amazing care provider as he puts all of his furry friends at ease. Focusing on quality of care, his communication skills with the dogs and cats he looked after made him a trusted favorite amongst two leggers and four leggers alike! His nickname from the start was Kennel Dad. Now joining us along with his wife Jolene, he will be providing a variety of animal care services to meet your needs!  

Carson Stilwill

Carson is a behavior apprentice of Emily and Jolene's. She began her apprenticeship in late spring of 2020 after graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. She also worked at the same boarding facility as Doug for two years, so she has a plethora of animal care experience and passion to bring to the table. She is so excited to continue her journey here in Wisconsin!  

“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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PO Box 836

Pardeeville, WI 53954

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