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My name is Christine, I have been training dogs since 2002 and opened Dogs 4 Life Whole Dog Training and Wellness in 2006. Initially my philosophy in training was all about obedience, however I quickly learned that that is not always the case. Working with such a wide variety of families and their dogs propelled me into years of fine tuning my craft through education.
My philosophy: let me start by sharing a story, I had a lovely dog Strider who passed 20013, he was a top competitor dog, earning 5ive titles before the age of 3. While at a competition, Strider was viciously attacked by another dog, which altered his behavior as he became dog aggressive. This ended his career, I now had to seek a solution for dealing with a aggressive dog. I hired trainer and took him to a premier facility which is known to train aggression issues. Here shaped my philosophy in training. The methods they were teaching me were based upon intimidation, harsh corrections, and submitting. My beautiful dog peed all over himself, flipped belly up and just layed their as the trainer instructed me to continue with correction after correction. I thought to myself "I can't do this, "his is not training" it's abusive. That is the end of that.
Eventually, Strider became the ambassador of my training program, you will see him in many of my videos, working with puppies, assisted dogs to properly interact with dogs, he worked side by side showing them the ropes. Hard to believe that he was a dog aggressive dog, it took me years to balance him out.
With all my years of experience and educations I have fine tuned my craft with very effective, motivation programs to assist families to find solutions for their training needs. I am a practitioner of small animal Acupressure through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute: 2008.
Practitioner of small animal massage through Blue Sky -2007
Certified in Aroma Therapies and Bach Flower Remedies
Trained E-Touch Remote Collar Training.
I continue to attend seminars and lectures with the influential leaders concerning dog health, vaccinations, and diet, along with working with 1000's of dogs and family's which has shaped and propelled my philosophy and training today.