Is the passionate owner-operator behind Woof Wisdom Training. Her approach to dog training is holistic in nature and evidenced based. She believes that a solid foundation in positive reinforcement methods is the key to a happy and healthy relationship between humans and their dogs. She has worked as a private group, off leash walker since 2003, and as a private trainer since 2019. She enjoys problem-solving and creating effective solutions for cases involving basic manners, puppy raising, reactivity, anxiety, aggression, resource guarding, separation anxiety, and fear, among other issues.
In 2019 Kristine earned her CTC (Certified Trainer and Councilor) from Jean Donaldson's prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers . In 2020 her Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification, and CPDT_KA, as well as her PCBC-A. In 2022 she received her CSAT. She is currently working towards her Masters in Animal Behavior from the University of Edinburgh. She has also studied with Dr. Susan Friedman, as well as completed Michael Shikashio's Master course on Aggression in Dogs. Kristine is passionate about life long learning and the best ways to keep you and your companion safe and happy.
I come to you with the understanding that you love your dog, and you are doing the best you can with the education you have, I'm just here to help you go a little further.
Did you know dog training is an unregulated field?
That means anyone can do or say anything they want and if they hurt your dog, or make them worse and there is nothing you can do about it. Let that sink in for a bit.
It is important to know what you are getting when you hire a trainer.
Make sure to ask:
*What exactly will happen to my dog if my dog gets it right?
*What exactly will happen to my dog if my dog gets it wrong?
*Are there less invasive/aversive alternatives to what you propose?
If you don't get clear, concrete answers or are at all uncomfortable, keep shopping!
I'm passionate about what I do, I love dogs, people, science and behavior. I have a big heart, a lot of patience, and compassion. I work to create a bridge that can connect you and your dog and strengthen your bond. Why else did you get a dog if you weren't looking for a best friend?
I believe that you and your companion are doing the best you can with the education you have. Sometimes we all need a little (or a lot) of help in our lives, that's where I come in. I am educated in my field and continue to rigorously pursue my education so that I can provide the most efficient, effective, and least aversive training that I can possibly give.
Please let me know how I can help.
It is unethical to guarantee behavior change, but I promise I will be with you every step of the way. To help bridge the gap in understanding your dog so you and your companion can live your best possible lives.
*2020 - Present
Trainer, counselor, and consultant Woof Wisdom
*2020 - Present
Volunteer trainer at HART
Assistant trainer at DogEvolve
Assistant trainer at Bravo!Pup.
Volunteer behavior modification trainer at EBSPCA
Volunteer at Family Dogs New life rescue
Off leash, play group walker/trainer at DogEvolve
Certified Fear Free trainer
Completion of Aggression in Dogs Master Course
Certified Trainer and Councilor, Academy for Dog Trainers
Living&Learning with Animals, Dr. Susan Friedman certificate.
A weekend with Daniel Mills
BCSPCA Animal Behavior Science Symposium