Being the animal lover that you might expect, along with having pets of her own as a child, Christine would spend her free days at the local shelter and visit with and walk dogs. She has continued volunteering at shelters walking dogs and providing training as well as being a board member of a local Humane Society. Compassionate animal care and training is certainly her passion.
Several years ago Christine had been following the progress of the Victory dogs at Best Friends Animal Society and wanted to learn their methods for training these dogs, as the progress was amazing. When she realized that BFAS offered dog training workshops, she signed up and started attending the 3 levels they offered. That’s where she really learned the power of clicker training and decided to attend the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional program.
Since starting on this path of clicker training/positive reinforcement training, Christine has become a dog training science junkie, reading and watching videos by fabulous positive trainers and behaviorists as well as going to seminars and conferences any chance she gets. She loves learning as well as experiencing the changes seen when positive force-free training is used. It’s amazing the difference in the bond one has with their dog when there is no intimidation, coercion, or punishment.
Christine has always liked problem solving and has enjoyed her job as a software analyst and developer because it continually challenged her brain. Dog training is also great for working the brain as every dog is different, requiring analysis of that dog, his environment and what causes him to behave in such a way. Dogs act like dogs and behave in a way that works for them; we just need to figure out what triggers those behaviors and what is reinforcing them. At that point we can make some changes (if it’s an undesirable behavior of course) to the triggers or the reinforcements.