Joan’s journey from 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 pet harness gear specially designed to support humane, force-free interactions for both ends of the leash.
Mother to Poncho (from June 2003 to July 2015) and Ringo (adopted January 2017), Joan understands the challenges that both humans and dogs face in everyday life. In addition to 15+ years working hands-on with dogs and their human parents, which has included extensive learning in animal training and behavior, Joan holds multiple certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), including Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) and Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).
Her unique educational background also includes fashion (she 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 (she 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. This allows her to empower inquisitive canines and the people who love them.
Ms. Mayer continues to work as a certified professional dog trainer which allows her the opportunity to understand what her customers need and want. She also presents at industry events, and is a member in good standing of many animal associations including the Pet Professional Guild, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Fear Free Pets, and The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Joan worked with a team of professional designers, engineers, artisans, and of course dogs and their humans to test drive the many iterations of the Happy Harness. The TransPaw Gear® harness has been produced exclusively for the Love of Dog.