Molly with Journey.

Molly with Journey.

Molly Sumridge (Sumner) is the owner and founder of Kindred Companions LLC. She has a master’s degree in Anthrozoology and has a deep passion for the human-animal bond. It is her vision to make dog training a life changing experience for dog and owner alike.

Molly shares her home with her primitive dogs, who she trains for competition obedience, rally, lure coursing, barn hunt, and animal assisted activities. In 2013 Molly put the first competition title on a New Guinea Singing Dog.

Though she has been training dogs for well over a decade, Molly is constantly increasing her education. She attends multiple seminars every year to stay up to date on current methods, equipment and the trade in general. She has also served on the board of multiple breed and industry organizations.

Molly is located in Frenchtown, New Jersey and is available for Dog Training, Behavioral Counseling, and Competition Sport Coaching. She is available for training sessions in the New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania area.

If you are interested in hiring Molly to help train your pets, please contact us.

Molly's Certifications, Memberships, & Affiliations:

Journey earning two competition legs with a 1st and 2nd place.

Journey earning two competition legs with a 1st and 2nd place.

Past Work and Affiliations

Molly's Dogs:
Kihaku Shibas

  • Innisfree Mashigura of Kihaku HIT, BN, PCD, CD, ASCA-CD, CD-C, CDX-C, GN, RE, RL1-AOE, RL2-AOE, ITD, RATI, RATN, CGCA, CGCU, All Star Team 2010 & 2012, - "Mashi" (Shiba Inu)

  • Nozomi Kihaku Tsuki No Usagi - RLP-AOE, RLPX, RL1-AOE, CGCA, CGCU, TKI, "Saga" (Shiba Inu)

  • Niji's Queen of the Dragons RN, THD, RATI, RATO, CGCA, CGCU, All Star Team 2012, - "Saphira" (Shiba Inu)

  • Kihaku's Poetry in Motion RLV-AOE, CA, CGCA, - "Haiku" (Shiba Inu)

  • Saras Himalaya's Epic of Kihaku - "Shinra" (Tibetan Mastiff)

  • ARCHX Kihaku's Follow Your Heart RL1-AOE, RL1X, RL2-AOE, RL2X, CGCA, CGCU, TKI, All Star Team 2014, - "Tracker" (Australian Cattle Dog Mix)

  • Kihaku's Road Less Traveled RLP, RLPX, RL1, RL2, NW1, SD-NB, SD-NC, SD-NE, RATI, RATO, CGCA, All Star Team 2014, - "Journey" (New Guinea Singing Dog)

Gone but not forgotten

  • Kihaku Spice Up My Life NYCSR RATI, CGC, - "Ginger" 2009-2017

Continuing Education

Seminars & Conferences

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Training Camp 2018
June 1-3 2018
Wilmington OH

Clicker Expo 2018
March 16-18, 2018
St. Louis MO

IAABC 2016 Conference
April 9th & 10th 2016
Anaheim CA

Wolf Park - Ken McCort: Biology and Behavior of Dogs and Wolves
(including hands on training with Wolves, Foxes, and Coyotes)
July 24-26, 2015
Battle Ground IN

Fenzi Dog Sports Conference - "Ferretpalooza"
May 29-June 1 2015
Colmar PA

Living and Learning with Animals: 
The Science Behind Training - Application for Best Outcomes
Dr. Susan Friedman
October 18th 2014
Hartford CT

APDT Conference
October 15-18. 2014
Hartford CT

Clicker Expo
March 28-30, 2014
Norfolk VA

The Human Half of Dog Training: Building Skills to Enhance Your Training Effectiveness
Rise Van Fleet
November 9-10, 2013
Washington NJ

5-day "BAT Instructor's Course for Dog Reactivity"
Grisha Stewart
April 24-28, 2013
Nazareth PA 

Training the Whistle Recall Curriculum
Pamela Dennison
July 7, 2012
Nazareth PA

Real Solutions to Canine Behavior Problems
(From Aggression to Common Everyday Issues)
Pat Miller
April 21 & 22, 2012
Accord, New York 

Muscles Over Mind
Diane Goodspeed
February 11, 2012
Flanders, NJ

Molly, Rise Van Fleet, and Journey! We had a fantastic time at her seminar and recommend all dog trainers attend.

Molly, Rise Van Fleet, and Journey! We had a fantastic time at her seminar and recommend all dog trainers attend.

Online Courses and Webinars

The Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Course
August 2018
Online Course

IAABC Animal Behavior Consulting Principles & Practice Course
Jan-March 2015
Online Classroom

Resource Guarding Between Animals:
Causes and Remedies
Ken McCort
January 7th 2015

Behavioral Effects of Spaying and Neutering
Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
October 5th, 2014

Puppy Peaks
Susan Garrett
November 2013 - June 2014

Recallers 4.0 “5 Minute Formula for a Brilliant Recall”
Susan Garrett
March 2013 - October 2013

Dingoes, the ‘missing link’ between wolves and domestic dogs?
Speaker: Dr. Bradley Smith
February 6, 2013

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Ongoing Webinars
BT105: I Can Do It -Empowered Puppy Raising
FE110: Raising a Performance Puppy
FE120: Performance Fundamentals
FE140: Engagement
NW101: Introduction to Nosework (2013-04-01)
NW120: Introduction to NW Search Elements (2013-06-01)
NW130: Developing Advanced Nosework Skills (2013-08-01)
NW140: Nosework Challenges and Skill Building
OB300: Heeling Games
OB520: Sensational Stays
OB580: Articles from the Ground Up
OB590: Stand With Me


One on One Instruction from:

Denise Fenzi
Hannah Branigan
Grisha Stewart
Pamela Dennison
Renee Hall
Terry Walker
Kathy Walker
Diane Goodspeed
Sarah Jacob
Susan Greenbaum
Betsy Scapicchio
Linda Brennan
Anne Paul