Welcome to Sit, Play, Stay! I am passionate about the health, happiness
and training of your dog (and other pets)! My professional career with animals has
encompassed a wide range of roles that form a strong skill set for the
care of your pet(s). After earning my professional Dog Training
Certification (ABC14120) in 2007 from Animal Behavior College (I am also a mentor trainer for students getting their dog training certification through Animal Behavior College and CATCH), I
became a Veterinary Technician to augment my knowledge of small animal
health and behavior. These two skills lead me to a position
with the Behavior Management Department at The Jacksonville Humane
Society. There I had the opportunity to evaluate and train hundreds of
dogs needing a little extra help learning to behave in an appropriate
manner around other dogs and people. I believe
very strongly that each dog, whether he came to you as a puppy or was
adopted as an adult (and everything in between) can benefit from
positive training, creative enrichment, and a nice, long walk! I’d be
happy to speak with you about your pets and how my
services would benefit you and your family.
Whitney Haywood, Owner Sit, Play, Stay, LLC.
Spot light trainer (August 2015) - Animal Behavior College
ABC Mentor Trainer
Haywood has been a professional dog trainer since graduating from ABC in
2007. For the past 8 years, she worked with the Jacksonville, Florida,
humane society in the animal behavior department and held both group
classes and private lessons. Whitney has been a Mentor Trainer for ABC
since 2012 and has assisted numerous students in completing their
program. Graduated students continue to contact Whitney for various dog
training tips and behavior issues. In addition, she was recently
featured on the Jax4kids.com website, highlighting her career as a
Whitney just opened her new company, Sit, Play, Stay LLC, which is also located Jacksonville. She offers pet sitting, dog walking and dog training, including behavioral modification. Whitney will continue to hold group classes at Dogwood Park.
How has your experience as an ABC Mentor Trainer been so far?
Very rewarding; I met some great people and made lasting friends among my students. A lot of them still contact me with questions or advice. I love being able to teach my students the way I train, which is with understanding and patience.
What techniques/methods to do use to help your students gain as much experience, skill and knowledge as possible before graduating?
I use positive techniques and remind students to not get aggravated at dogs if they are not doing what they want them to do; remain calm, take breaks and be patient.
When did you know you wanted to become a dog trainer? Was there a particular instance that inspired you?
I adopted puppy while in college in Gainesville, Florida, and he was a challenge for me as he grew up. I tried reaching out to trainers and wasn't happy with a lot of them using more forceful training methods. I wanted to train him in a positive [way], so while searching online for help I came across ABC. I decided I would learn how to train him and myself the right way.
Was training your first choice for a career? If no, what was?
I honestly did not know what I wanted to do. I went to college for zoology knowing I wanted to do something involving animals.
"Finding Sit Play Stay was life changing for me & my German Shepherd. I can't thank Whitney enough for giving Blitz a chance. He is very fearful and they were able to gain his trust, so we can enjoy vacations!!"
"Whitney came to my home and did some work with me and my dog, Boomer. She did an amazing job with us. We took Boom on a nice walk and we did some training while on the walk and once we got home. She is very knowledgeable and personable. She utilizes positive reinforcement and seems very intune with the animals she trains. I highly recommend her services!"