Kristi trains using scientifically-sound, efficient, evidence-based and fun training methods.  She will use no force, pain, or fear with your dogs - as research has demonstrated that force-free techniques are effective, and using fear and pain can be detrimental or even dangerous.  This means she will not use shock collars, prong collars, yelling, swatting, or other aversive methods. Based on your needs, she will train your dog in your home or instruct you on how to train your dog.

Kristi has a lot of tools at her disposal. 

  • She can train your dog what to do instead of misbehaving, using industry-standard reinforcement-based techniques. In other words, she can help reduce unwanted behaviours by replacing them with more-desired behaviours.

  • She can help set your dog, and you, up for success by making changes to the home environment and your daily habits.

  • She can change the way your dog feels about the things that scare him or her. When a dog is no longer scared, fearful and aggressive behaviour goes away on its own.

For fearful or aggressive dogs, Kristi focusses on both techniques which will change your dogs underlying emotions (desensitization and counter-conditioning), and on the behaviours which may be distressing to you and others.  

For other training, Kristi uses a type of training commonly used by animal trainers working for movies called 'lure-reward training' or 'production training.'  This training method is efficient in getting the behavours you want to see, and replacing the behaviours you don't want to see.  It has history of more than 50 years and has worked on thousands of animals of all types - and it can work for your dog, too. 

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