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It's only been one session, and less than 2 weeks, but I'm already seeing a change in my dog's behavior. She is slowly learning how to relax. The trainer provided me with 2 great evidence based articles on my dog's specific behavior issues and demonstrated techniques for me to practice in my own environment. Absolutely recommended!Dec 15, 2018VerifiedK9 Holistics's reply
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Christine is awesome! She did a great job helping us train our 10 week old Brittany Spaniel puppy, Lola. She listened to what we wanted to work on each week and incorporated it into our training session. Rather than training your dog for you, Christine teaches you what to do so your dog will listen and follow your directions. She uses positive reinforcement so your dog is always happy. Lola is our pet but also a hunting dog every now and then. So, Christine learned how to train her for hunting purposes. She is incredibly knowledgeable and made the training sessions easy to understand, fun and enjoyable for Lola and us. She also followed up with additional information and tips after each session. Christine has also helped us during the day by coming over and taking Lola for walks. We always get cute pictures and an update when she leaves on how the walk went. I would highly recommend Christine to anyone looking for training, walking or sitting. We love Christine and so does Lola!Sep 26, 2016Verified
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I am so happy we hired Christine from k-9 holistics. She showed us how to train our puppy and even worked with our daughter and her friends training our dog. Thank you for everything! We highly recommend her services and Christine is so easy to work with and yet so knowledgeable and professional.Jun 3, 2016
I hired Christine to help with my sons two year old German Shepherd Odin. Odin is a great dog but had become very hard to walk due to his constant pulling and barking. Christine helped me learn new ways to train Odin and they worked right from the very beginning. Odin wanted to learn it was just me not knowing the right ways to get started. Chirstine was always right on time, and her enthusiasm and energy were contagious for both Odin and I. My son is now continuing to work with Christine and we look forward to bringing Odin to a group walk soon.Jun 29, 2016
My experience with Christine and K9 Holistics was nothing short of amazing. First, I want to explain that at 37 years of age, Quinn is my first pup, therefore I had very little knowledge and needed someone who would not just train the pup, but train me as well. And this is exactly what Christine did. She took my level of knowledge into consideration, and designed a plan that my wife and I followed with our pup. She always followed up with detailed homework for us to maintain Quinn's training throughout the week. Quinn's behavior changed dramatically over the short 6 weeks that we spent together. He was never a bad-behaved dog, but he went from being an untrained dog, to a dog that could follow all of the basic obedience commands with ease and consistency. Months after our time together ended, and even after I moved 4 states away, Christine is still in touch with me to see how Quinn is transitioning to his new environments, and to ensure that I don't have any additional needs. I highly recommend Christine to anyone who cares a lot about their dog. You will not be disappointing and your dog will thank you!Aug 2, 2016
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I offer two options for pricing: (A) pay-per-session or (B) purchase a program. The vast majority of my clients purchase a program because they like knowing exactly what results and benefits they will get out of training, and it affords them a discount off the per-session rate.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I offer a free phone or in-person consultation so that I can learn about the owner's goals for their dog and what they have tried so far. I also want to get a feel for how the dog is currently responding to his/her owner and identify where there are issues. We will discuss the dog's behavioral and medical history and the owner's concerns in detail. At that point, I will make a recommendation for which of our programs will be the best fit for the client and their dog, and design a customized training plan that fully addresses their needs and goals.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?The field of dog training is largely unregulated, meaning that anyone with a dog and a dream can technically call them self a trainer. That's why any trainer who is serious about their profession and their abilities will have some sort of certification or credentials - it's important to demonstrate to clients that you take your job seriously. I am Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). In order to receive this certification, I had to have at least 300 hours of dog training experience with clients, a professional recommendation, pass an extensive written exam and agree to abide by a strict code of ethics. In order to maintain my certification, I have to receive continuing education credits as well. The CCPDT has high standards for their trainers and promotes science-based training methods. I love to learn and read, so I'm always deepening my understanding of my craft. I read books, blogs, studies, watch videos, participate in forums and take classes and seminars online on a pretty much daily basis. You could say that I'm slightly obsessed ;-P