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A dog musher and trainer for ten years, Kristi is an honours graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). After graduation, she was hired by the Academy, where she acts as a student mentor and coach and runs special projects for the Academy. Kristi is also a Fear Free certified professional (Veterinary track level 1, Dog Training Professional). She was recently accepted into the Fear Free Speaker’s Bureau.
Kristi has focussed her education on the use of science-based and humane techniques to change both a dog's behaviour and a dog's emotional state. She continues her education with seminars on safe dog handling, the science of dog behaviour, best practises in dog training techniques, and more topics aimed at helping you and your dog.
Kristi is a presenter for the Stop the 77 campaign as well. She delivers a fun and information-packed program to schools and other kid's clubs to keep kids and dogs safe and having fun around each other.
Kristi also enjoys reaching out to dog owners through writing. Her blog was named one of the top fifty dog blogs in 2016 by Thoroughly Reviewed. She is also a regular dog behaviour columnist for The Sled Dogger, writing the Husky Help Line.
Besides offering professional training services in the Parkland region, Kristi has fostered, house-trained, obedience-trained, and re-homed numerous racing sled dogs through her volunteer work at her kennel since 2007, and has worked with sled dogs since 2005. She runs Parkland Husky Rescue with her partner.
Kristi enjoys skijoring (cross-country skiing attached to a dog), dog scootering, and running teams with her Alaskan husky sled dogs. She also enjoys using the same techniques she has honed working with dogs, to work with her heritage chickens and cattle.
Kristi is a Full Member Dog Training Professional # 11632828 in the Pet Professional Guild. She has a BA and MA in Archaeology.