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We Are The Newman's

Newman’s Dog Training was created in 2011 to share with the community how to train dogs effectively while building the relationship between the owner and their dog. For dog owners to understand why dogs do what they do not just how we can make them listen. Newman's Dog Training likes to see the world through the dog’s perspective and train based on how the dog feels and perceives their environment. Through management, rewards, and consistency you can have your dream dog. We know every dog and situation is different and specialize in one-on-one training with our clients to come up with a training plan that is specific to their needs within their household. We started in Kansas City but have expanded and can now help clients all over the world with our virtual training sessions and Online Puppy Academy. We are proud to have Kristin as our trainer in Kansas City. She has years of experience and is also a former zookeeper. In 2022, Jena and Derek Newman moved back to their roots, Fayetteville, AR and are excited to share their knowledge with the community that raised them.


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Jena Newman, Founder

Jena grew up in Fayetteville, AR and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2008. She immediately started training animals as a Zookeeper at the Kansas City Zoo after graduation. She trained many exotic animals during that time including her favorites: Gorillas, Elephants and Sea Lions. In 2011, she decided to start Newman’s Dog Training while still working full time. After 2 years of building the business, she left the zoo and put all her energy into Newman's Dog Training. She is forever grateful to the Kansas City Community for continuing to invite Newman's into their homes to help strengthen their relationships with their dogs.

Since then, she has been an active member of the Heartland Positive Dog Training Alliance while spending 4 years as a board member. Jena has attended multiple seminars to continue her education. Some of her favorite seminars covering multiple topics have been with Susan Clothier, Nicole Wilde, Victoria Stillwell, Pat Miller, Sarah Kalnajs and more. Jena is currently an active member of APDT (The Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and is a certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Jena was also an evaluator for Pets for Life for 2 years where she evaluated owners and their dogs to become therapy pets. This was such an amazing opportunity and has prepared her to help your dog become a therapy pet.

In 2022, Jena and Derek moved home to Fayetteville and are excited about sharing their training experience with the community that raised them. All the while still running the business in Kansas City and doing virtual training with clients around the country. When not training dogs, you can find Jena reading a book in the sun, mountain biking, canoeing, or exploring nature in her campervan. If the sun is out, she is outside enjoying it. Jena and her husband Derek have worked hard training their chocolate lab, Barry, so he can go on all their trips with them. They joke that they work hard to give Barry all the adventures he deserves!

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Jena taught Delilah how to do a hand stand.

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Jena working with the African Elephant, Zoe.

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Jena's happy place. Surrounded by cuddly dogs.

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Barry doing what he loves best. Chasing balls on the beach.

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Vince loved learning how to clap!

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Sunny learning how to lie down.

Derek Newman, General Manager of everything not directly tied to training dogs!

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Derek graduated from the University Of Arkansas in 2008 and moved to Kansas City to pursue a career in Exercise Science. He worked as a personal trainer in Kansas City for 12 years before leaving to help Jena with Newman's Dog Training. His role since leaving the fitness industry has been walking dogs and pet sitting when needed, but mainly background website and marketing work. Main jobs include coffee maker/server, ledge talker off'er, and anything not customer service or training of dogs. When not serving Jena delicious coffee, or cooking up decadent meals, Derek can be found guiding Jena and Barry into all of the activities she mentioned above, except reading a book in the sun. You can probably find Derek exercising Barry the dog while playing disc golf or Mt biking all over NW Arkansas.


Kristin, Kansas City Manager and Dog Trainer

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Kristin is a former elephant zookeeper with an extensive training background. While in the zookeeping field, she worked with many species including giraffes, bongos, and sea lions. This background of working with exotic animals has allowed Kristin to develop an understanding of animal body language and behavior across many species and she can bring that experience to your home! Aside from exotic animals, she grew up working alongside her hometown veterinarian as a veterinary assistant. She attended Purdue University where she received a Bachelors in Animal Science with an emphasis on Animal Behavior along with minors in Psychology and Biology. Her passion for animals shines through her outgoing and rather witty personality! When she's not out training dogs, you can find Kristin exploring KC with her golden retriever, Hummel, attending a concert, or cheering on her Boilermaker basketball team.

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