Dr Jesse McClure has been training dogs professionally for over 15 years. He began his training career in the US Marine Corps training dogs for both narcotic and explosive detection. Jesse and his dog Rebel spent nearly three years deployed to combat environments for force protection and explosive detection. Upon coming back to the US, Jesse and Rebel provided explosive detection support for the 2005 presidential inauguration.
After his military service, Jesse returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and animal behavior followed by a PhD in neuroscience and behavior with original research in both animal communication and impulsive behavior. Throughout his education, Dr McClure continued training dogs as a pet training instructor and behavior consultant. ￼
Dr McClure has spent three years researching canine behavioral genomics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. While there, he helped launch the nation-wide citizen science project “Darwin’s Dogs” which aims to identify the genetic underpinnings of dog behaviors ranging from sociability to impulsivity and fearfulness. After this post-doctoral training, Dr McClure spent one year teaching canine science and behavior at Carroll College where he mentored 15 student-trainers fostering and training shelter dogs for scent detection, service tasks, and therapy work.
Dr McClure has now come to the St Louis area to launch a behavior departent for Petropolis and The Academy of Pet Careers bringing a fear-free approach grounded in scientific principles to the management of problem behavior in dogs.