About Jennifer and LA School for Dogs

Jennifer Mann is the founder and lead dog trainer at L.A. School for Dogs, and the  creator of the Mann’s Best Friend method of dog and puppy training and online university.

Known by her clients and friends as their ‘doggie-guru’ Jennifer Mann is a credentialed Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She has been working in dog and puppy training, obedience, socialization and behavior modification for 20 years.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jennifer comes from a celebrity background.  She is the daughter of Johnny Mann (of the Johnny Mann Singers) and Lori Nelson (1950’s starlet of the big screen).  

Johnny Mann, Susie, Jennifer and Lassie on the “Stand Up and Cheer” show
Lori Nelson with Burt Reynolds circa 1953

As early as age two, and being uncomfortable with the attention, Jennifer turned to horses and dogs.  ‘I had to be so grown up at such a young age, it was a relief to be around the animals where we just understood each other without even having to talk’ she says.  ‘Jennifer was always bringing home stray dogs’ says her mom, ‘and before you knew it, they would be doing circus tricks in the living room’. It was then she learned of her instinct for communicating with dogs.  ​

Since then, Jennifer has acquired an extensive toolbox of training experience.  She has spent years implementing not just one method, but various training disciplines and programs, including the Day School program developed by The Olde Towne School for Dogs in Alexandria, Virginia (40 year track record), and ongoing educational and certification courses.  Because no two dogs or families are the same, this blending resulted in the creation of the official Mann’s Best Friend method, programs and principles.  Jennifer also regularly trains others to become professional dog trainers.  Jennifer has trained in the Washington D.C. metro area spending time with Congressional and Military family dogs and the Obama’s dog Bo!  Jennifer also trained a German Shepherd in Japanese.

In 2012, Jennifer rebranded and opened L.A. School for Dogs in Westlake Village, California where her Mann’s Best Friend programs are implemented daily.  The Proven 3-Week Program regularly generates groundbreaking results and lots of happy customers.

In 2018 Jennifer was published in VoyageLA (read the story here).

Celebrity clients

The Band Perry, Beau Bridges, Colbie Caillat, UNSUN CEO Katonya Breaux

BREWERS Christian Yelich, RAMS Rob Havenstein & Coleman Shelton, and more.

Christian Yelich
The Band Perry
The Band Perry
Dorothy, Malibu, and Mate’ Caillat
Buster and Happy practicing “stay” with Jennifer

The Team

Our wonderful trainers come to us with a variety of experience in handling dogs, whether it be years of dog-sitting and walking, training as veterinary technicians, bathers or new trainers.  With the foundation of love, patience, and commitment to be the best, each has accomplished the hard task of being taught by me!

– Jennifer

Amber Nicole – Training Team Manager
Justin Lopez – Training Team
Emily Fields – Training Team


L. A. School for Dogs commonly serves customers from
Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Camarillo, Oxnard, Newbury Park, Simi Valley,Moorpark, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Malibu and beyond.


31828 Village Center Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361, United States
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We are consistently voted “Best Pet Trainer” by the Los Angeles Daily News readers!


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