Joan’s journey from certified professional canine behavior consultant and owner of a successful dog training business to inventor and entrepreneur has been fueled by her passion to create a cultural shift that enhances the human-canine bond, beginning with gear specially designed to support humane, force-free interactions for both of the beings using the equipment.
Mother to Poncho (adopted June 2003, transitioned July 2015) and Ringo (adopted January 2017), Joan understands the challenges that both humans and dogs face in everyday life. In addition to 12+ years working hands-on with dogs and their human parents, which includes extensive learning in animal training and behavior, Joan holds multiple certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), including as a Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) and Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).
Her unique educational background also blends in fashion (graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and spent 14 years in costuming for film and TV), nursing (studied at Ventura College and Stanford Medical School), and business (earned an MBA from Antioch University). The combination of art and science, infused with caring and creativity, is what Joan brings to her work as an advocate for empowering inquisitive canines and the people who love them.
Working with a team of professional designers, engineers, artisans and of course, dogs and their humans, to test drive the many iterations of the pet harness, the first TransPaw Gear® harness has been created exclusively by Joan for the Love of Dog.