Meet our trainers

Jennifer Chavez

Jennifer is the owner and operator, but most importantly…a trainer! She has personally worked with thousands of clients since starting Follow My Lead in 2015.  
Jennifer has her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from UC Davis. She graduated with a Companion Animal Specialization and a Behavior Emphasis and since then, has been a trainer and mentor for others trainers. 

She is a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. So far, she has a 100% graduation rate on the dogs she has trained.  CCI trains and places highly skilled assistance dogs for people with disabilities free of charge. 

Jennifer is well versed in several different training styles, methods, and techniques. She is always willing to personalize your training program. She will find a solution that works for you and your dog! 

Jennifer strives to not only teach your dog, but to teach you. Jennifer equips you to live happily with your dog even after training ends.  

Jennifer has a passion for animals, especially dogs.  She loves training pets and owners because it can lead to happier pets, happier owners, and happier lives.


Owner & Operator

Liz McLaughlin

We were thrilled when Liz joined the Follow My Lead team in 2018.

Liz’s passion for dogs has led her on a journey to helping thousands owners build a loving relationship with their four legged friends in a variety of settings.

She was accepted into the inaugural class of the Veterinary Specialty Assistant Program in Sorrento Valley.

Liz has worked at doggy day cares all over California … she’s worked with just about every type of dog! 

In addition to being a trainer with us, Liz is very excited to take on her first puppy raising responsibility with Canine Companions for Independence. This is an 18 month commitment that is vital in the early stages of a dog’s life.  These special dogs will eventually provide life changing services for people with disabilities.

Liz was mentored by and completed a rigorous apprenticeship with Jennifer, so you can be assured that all the same, successful training methods will be used to make you and your dog the best versions of yourselves. Her clients all love her and give glowing recommendations. .

Professional Trainer