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

- Julia Weyhaupt


New St. Louis County Location

Call to set up a training appointment, make a boarding reservation or schedule a tour. 

Call or text anytime 618-303-6868


Professional Dog Training and boarding using

the Power of Positive Reinforcement

Contact us for Training and Boarding

Call or Text (618)303-6868

Email us at jerri@smartypaws.biz

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