About our Staff


Jerri Keller

Owner of SmartyPaws Positive Dog Training and Boarding

Jerri Keller is the Owner and Head Trainer at Smarty Paws.


 Jerri grew up in Southeast Missouri and trained her first Doberman when she was sixteen.  She has raised a variety of dog breeds throughout the years including Schnauzer, Doberman, Rottweiler, Miniature Pincher and Boxer.  Jerri was a member of her county's Search and Rescue team where she trained her Doberman Charlie to be a cadaver dog and to find lost elderly and children.  Since moving to southern Illinois, Jerri has worked at veterinary clinics and animal shelters before owning and operating SmartyPaws.


Jerri is a Karen Pryor Professional Dog Trainer (the highest of 3 levels offered by Karen Pryor Academy), AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Evaluator, and an AKC Community Canine Evaluator for therapy dogs.


Jerri is dedicated to using positive methods of dog training to yield positive results.

She doesn't "train with pain" and often tells new clients who use aversive collars that she will train their dog to walk on a leash without their prong or choke collar and accept the prong collar as payment! 

Jerri works with other certified positive trainers as needed. 

Jerri saved our big guy's life! There are no words to describe how much we appreciate her.

- Julia Weyhaupt

Learn more or schedule an appointment

Email jerri@smartypaws.biz or call-text 618-303-6868 

Servicing Poplar Bluff, St. Louis and Metro East Regions

Professional Dog Training using

the Power of Positive Reinforcement

To learn more email us at

jerri@smartypaws.biz or call 618-303-6868

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