Jen Baker – Owner – Certified Trainer
Jennifer (Jen) Baker is a Certified Trainer for Taking the Lead K9 Training. Jen’s love of dogs started at a very young age when working with her father’s Boston Terrier named Lady Ashley. Jen trained Lady on obedience and on conformation. Lady received her Championship title at 12 months of age.
Jen has spent the past 20+ years working full-time in the financial industry fine tuning her business knowledge, patience, leadership, and her management skills. A good leader knows how to lead her team and be productive. These same skills translate to canine training and she knows what motivates and stimulates a dog to work with the pack leader.
Jen has owned and worked with several dog breeds throughout the years. In 2007 she fell in love with the Boxer Breed. Currently, she has four Boxers, with two being foster failures while volunteering with the Atlanta Boxer Rescue Organization. Diesel, one of her foster failures, was aggressive towards other dogs when she adopted him. Not knowing his background, Jen first worked with him on gaining trust. The more a dog trusts the pack leader, the less aggressive the dog will be and trust the leader in return. Once the bond and trust was developed, Jen trained him on obedience to create a well-balanced dog. You will meet Diesel at the next Obedience Group Class! Diesel’s little sister, Adaline, is actively showing in the AKC for Conformation. You can see her some weekends at the various AKC dog shows in the South East Region. She is the dark Reverse Brindle Bitch in the Boxer ring!
Jen holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and lives in Milton, GA. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is an AKC Certified S.T.A.R. Puppy and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Lorenzo Billups – Certified Master Trainer
Lorenzo is a Certified Master Trainer for Taking the Lead K9 Training. Lorenzo’s love for dogs started as a young boy when his father and grandfather taught him several dog training techniques for their own dogs. His family was very active with training dogs. This love for dogs continued into his career in the military and beyond.
Lorenzo is an Army veteran and served on multiple deployments for our country. While serving, Lorenzo worked and trained military dogs. He trained them in detection, tracking, and protection to help safeguard military bases and activities.
He has spent over 25 years (in the military and as a civilian) working with all types of dogs on behavior modification, all levels of obedience, tracking, search & rescue, personal protection, and pack mentality. After retiring from the military in 2005, Lorenzo pursued Dog Training as a full-time career. Not only is he a certified master trainer for canines, he is also a vocational teacher to students aspiring to become dog trainers.
Lorenzo is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), where he stays up to date on the latest dog training techniques and forums with the dog community.