You’re not enjoying your dog as much as you could be.
I know that’s a bold statement coming from someone who doesn’t know you but I believe it’s true. No matter what stage you’re in with your dog I’m sure there are ways we can make it even better. The more information you get, the more guidance you have, the more stuff your dog learns, the better your life will be with him or her.
Inviting a dog into your world can be wonderful and yet so frustrating. Your dog can make you smile wider than you thought possible as that tail wags to greet you, however your grimace when discovering that your couch has been chewed apart is not so fun.
The truth of the matter is that all the problems that dogs get into are just dogs being dogs. Our job is to teach your dog how to be a dog in this very human world. And that’s our mission here at FernDog.
Who Is This Fern Guy?
My full name is Fernando Camacho but since about the 6th grade everyone has called me Fern. So here I am now, a grown man named after a plant. Since I was little my life has always revolved around animals and after a number of careers that just weren’t right for me I happened upon dog training and I haven’t looked back since.
Way back in the day I went to college at Seton Hall University and graduated with a communications degree with a minor in advertising art. After a number of years of searching I finally realized what to spend the rest of my life doing: helping people and dogs.
So in 2008 I got certified in dog behavior and training with the Animal Behavior College and have been doing it full time every since. I began my dog behavior career at a doggie daycare where I spent my days supervising the daily daycare packs and studying the intricacies of canine communication. Then I worked at a holistic pet shop, where I learned about canine nutrition and wellness from Jeff Coltenback.
What Kind of A Trainer Am I?
I consider myself an open minded trainer, in that I don’t subscribe to any one philosophy or training methodology – I’m kind of a mutt. I’ve never met one trainer or learned about one specific training method that I agree with 100%. I’m heavily influenced by positive training methods but also believe that focusing on the dog’s state of mind is the most important thing because state of mind always dictates behavior. If I had to name my style I would call it “state of mind dog training.”
Dog training is not a “one size fits all” kind of thing. Every dog is different, every person is different and every situation is unique. By having experienced and been educated in a variety of training methods I’m able to find the right tools for each individual person and dog.
That’s why I focus on in-home private sessions. It helps me learn about you, your dog and your situation and then customize a treatment plan that is perfect for you.
In addition to my private training and consultations, I do seminars throughout New Jersey and New York, as well as conduct many online classes and webinars.
I also love to share what I’ve learned and to help others achieve their dreams of working with dogs so in 2012 I launched The FernDog Trainer Academy, my online program to becoming a dog trainer to support my successful one-on-one mentorship program.
Since animal rescue has always been close to my heart, I created The FernDog Rescue Foundation, which is my foster based rescue to help dogs in need.
I’m lucky enough to have an awesome wife who always tolerates my coming home smelling like a combination of wet dog and freeze dried liver. I’m also a devoted dad to my twin girls and spend my time away from dogs playing dress up and learning about princesses.
If you would like to know more about my training experience and my journey with dogs, listen in to this podcast.
Books Written By Fern
When I brought my 8 week old pup home, Fern was the first resource I used to get comfortable with training and being a brand new dog owner. He was patient, very accessible by phone and email and responded to even the silliest of questions that I as a nervous owner had for the first few weeks. We worked together in my home and I was able to quickly get the basic tips and tricks down in order to ensure my pup had a safe and secure environment. This initial training set us up for success. Milo is now 4 years old and we enjoy seeing Fern around town, at local charity events and walks in the park. He is a fantastic resource for the entire community! Woof and Thank you!!!!!Stephanie Hantman
Other FernDog Trainers
Spencer studied under me and graduated from the FernDog Training Academy. I was so impressed with him that I had to hire him. He has some great experience and is a natural with dogs. In addition to being a FernDog trainer Spencer has worked at the Wayne Animal Shelter for the last 4 years and can handle just about any kind of dog.
Spencer can work with both behavior issues and teaching basic obedience. He’s a great guy, who has amazing dog experience and just loves helping people.
There are few people I know of that have more dog experience than Donna. In addition to being an amazing dog behavior specialist and trainer she’s been involved in dog rescue for many years and has helped more dogs than I can count. Donna is the Adoption Coordinator and sits on the board of The FernDog Rescue Foundation. She’s a true rescue rock star (which is her formal title) and the heart and soul of my rescue.
Donna is a skilled trainer who’s also tremendously dog savvy and I’m so honored to have her as part of the FernDog training team. She shares her life with a pack of her own dogs as well as the many fosters she takes in until we find them good homes.