About the Director

Founder/Director BJ Szwedzinski has been professionally training dogs since 1978, with an impressive resume spanning the dog industry. Her spectrum of knowledge encompasses a wide array of disciplines and is drawn from her work as a humane society educational program administrator, her hands-on duties in animal control management and operations, as well as her expertise as a professional trainer and animal behaviorist.

She is also a credentialed special education teacher in varying categories of mental health disorders, dually diagnosed disability, autism, gifted, and bi-polar disorder.
In her personal life, she is a single parent who has raised two daughters, who have had their own meFounder/Director BJ Szwedzinski has been professionally training dogs since 1978, with an impressive resume spanning the dog industry. Her spectrum of knowledge encompasses a wide array of disciplines and is drawn from her work as a humane society educational program administrator, her hands-on duties in animal control management and operations, as well as her expertise as a professional trainer and animal behaviorist.

She is also a credentialed special education teacher in varying categories of mental health disorders, dually diagnosed disability, autism, gifted, and bi-polar disorder.
ntal challenges. Consequently, Ms. Szwedzinski’s insight on the trials and tribulations that individuals and their family’s face with these types of disorders is drawn directly from personal experience and is far greater than one could extrapolate from textbook or case work studies.

During her tenure as a teacher, she would bring a dog into the classroom and she noticed the natural peace that prevailed over the classroom. The idea of pairing children and dogs together to affect positive, personal behavioral change was germinated then and has been with her since 1991. That concept was the impetus for the formation of Project Chance.

 


 

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