About Jill Merjeski, MS, CPPS
From a very young age, Jill had a love for animals. Whether it was caring for one of her many pets, or a caterpillar she found outdoors and kept “safe” in her hand all day, Jill was always eager to surround herself with animals and wildlife. Dogs, feral cats, frogs, hermit crabs, gerbils, and goldfish housed in a 10 gallon tank are some of the many pets Jill has adopted over the years. After success as an independent pet care specialist and an entrepreneur at heart, she established Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services in 2016.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Jill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University and continued her education earning a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from West Chester University. For over 13 years, Jill was a Senior Academic Advisor in the higher education sector before turning her passion for animals into a full-time career. Jill now applies her educational psychology background to canine emotion, cognition, and basic behavior modification. She graduated from dog*biz Dog Walking Academy in Colorado and has been trained in pet CPR and first aid. In 2018, Jill earned her certification from K9 Lifeline’s 3D Workshop, Dealing with Difficult Dogs in Utah, learning safe handling, leash work, running safe socials and canine assessments. Jill has also trained under Kristin Morrison, owner of the Six-Figure Pet Sitter Academy, through rigorous one-on-one coaching sessions perfecting the pet business model. Most recently, Jill earned Pet Sitters International’s CPPS-Certified Professional Pet Sitter status through knowledge-based assessment of the pet sitting industry.
In her free time, Jill enjoys participating in charitable running races around the United States. Jill is an adventure enthusiast who enjoys bungee jumping, skydiving, and is always planning her next road trip to explore a new destination.