James Turner

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Jim Turner is a graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior; he is also a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP). To receive the CTP designation from Karen Pryor Academy, a graduate must score 90% or better on all tests and practical exercises. The Dog Trainer Professional program that leads to the KPA CTP title is a challenging course!

Jim is the owner of ANIMAL TALK. The business name was chosen because Jim talks to animals—and they talk to him! Jim’s grandchildren have named him Dr. Doolittle! In all of his interactions with animals, Jim uses only force-free methods in training and/or behavioral modification. Punishment-based training shuts down an animal down, and results in fear-based obedience. Jim prefers to see a dog happy in his responses and enjoying training.

The owner of a hearing-impaired service dog himself, Jim loves working with dogs that have hearing issues. There are many deaf dogs out there, and many owners who do not know how to communicate with those dogs. One of Jim’s pleasures is seeing the light come in to the eyes of deaf dogs that he has trained.

Fluent in American Sign Language, Jim consulted with the State of Virginia regarding its Service Animal Policy for statewide rest areas. He also wrote the Service Animal Policy for Simon Malls. Jim advocates for service animals in accordance with Federal Law.

Jim understands the challenges of living in a silent world.


As a retired pastor, a marriage and family therapist, and with twelve years in law enforcement, Jim’s passions are training companion dogs for special-needs children and rehabilitating fearful and/or aggressive dogs.

Jim also understands the human/animal bond and the grief families feel after the loss of an animal partner. He serves as an animal chaplain, offering hospice and time-of-death support. Families often need guidance when it comes to involving children and/or other pets in the home when a beloved pet is dying. Should the pet be allowed to remain at home or should the pet go to the vet’s office? Or, can the vet come to the home? These are vital questions. Area veterinarians know that they can request Jim’s presence and that he will respond at no charge.

Throughout his career in law enforcement, Jim has offered help and comfort to fellow officers as they face sadness and grief when their police horses and K9 dogs are injured or die. He has also assisted with animal funerals.

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The business name, ANIMAL TALK, explains part of what Jim does. His incredible KPA instructor, Julie Shaw, uncovered a gift he did not know he has—he talks to animals. Isn't that awesome?

As the owner of ANIMAL TALK, Jim provides in-home consultations, group lessons, training, and behavior modification. Services include consultations about selecting the right animal for one's lifestyle and needs as well as training puppy manners, loose-leash walking, a solid recall, and advanced manners. Preparation for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog certification is offered as well.

Jim, the owner of a service dog, works with special-needs dogs, including hearing-impaired and mobility-impaired animals. He also works with dogs that need diabetic-alert training. Since his graduation from KPA, Jim has been working with fearful and aggressive dogs as well. Dogs do not enjoy being in conflicting states. Jim and his team endeavor to rehabilitate and free dogs from those conditions. Since working as a team is very important in training and behavior modification, Jim considers the family’s veterinarian a very important team member.

Only force-free techniques are incorporated in the training that Jim offers. Punishment-based training is both cruel and ineffective. Choke chains, prong collars, and shock collars are all unnecessary and unproductive. Since punishment and commands are not used in positive-reinforcement training, the results are more constructive. Owners find that they have happy pets, pets that trust their owners as the source of only-good things. Jim’s goal is for pets to love and enjoy being with their owners based on trust, not to feel compelled to do as owners want simply out of fear.

Animal chaplain services are provided for pets entering life's end. Jim realizes that a pet is not “just an animal.” Someone’s pet has value and significance. Families need permission to grieve, and it is important for them to have help with the grief process.

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Private, in-home consultations and training Basic manners and socialization Dogs with special needs, i.e. deaf dogs Training for diabetic alert dogs & in-home alert dogs Rehabilitation of fearful/aggressive dogs Prepare for Therapy and/or Canine Good Citizen certification Animal Chaplain Focuses on owner education; incorporates family veterinarian
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+1 (765) 730-5256
2409 W. Sherman Dr.
47304 Muncie , IN


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