About Mann’s Best Friend

Jennifer Mann

Author, Trainer. and Founder

Jennifer owns and operates L.A. School for Dogs in Westlake Village, California where her Mann’s Best Friend principles and proven dog training programs are implemented daily. Her facility operates at capacity all year long and regularly generates astounding results for over one thousand families each year.   

Known by her clients and friends as their ‘doggie-guru’, Jennifer Mann is a credentialed Certified Professional Dog Trainer, regularly voted “Best Dog Training” by The Daily News Readers, and has a 5 Star rating online. 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 include: Beau Bridges, The Band Perry, and Colbie Caillat.

The Band Perry