Your Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer
How can I help?
Whether you just got a puppy or adopted a rescue, I’m here to help you and your dog!
Behavior and Training
Is your dog’s behavior embarrassing, frustrating, or overwhelming? Are the methods you are using not working all that great, or you feel that your dog should know more skills by now? Let me help you resolve these frustrations once and for all. You most likely got your dog as a companion – let’s make that friendship last a lifetime!
Is your work/home life schedule kind of chaotic? Are evenings, or weekend mornings, the only time you have available to train your dog? Not only are private sessions available, but group classes on subjects such as HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG QUIET WHILE WORKING FROM HOME, and SUPPORT FOR ANIMAL FOSTER CARE PROVIDERS are available to the general public in the comfort of their own home.
Community Group Walks
Join a small group of other happy dogs and owners for short walks around the upper & mid-Cape. These walks are a little about the exercise, and a LOT about maintaining good leash interactions and giving your dog a chance to sniff their way through new environments.
Semi-Private Dog Training
Do you have a friend or family member that has a dog with similar training needs? Maybe you each have adolescent dogs that need more manners training, or two puppies that need to learn some basic obedience cues? Do you have a neighbor with a dog that might be a match and want a professional trainer to help make the introduction go well?? Semi private group classes, are for 2-3 people who have dogs with similar training or behavioral needs. The cost of private packages are split among 2- 3 teams.
Meet Your Trainer, Christi McKeen
I’ve spent the last 30+ years with dual careers in both the animal industry and human services, mostly as it relates to behavior. Through the years, I’ve continued my education with the help of some really terrific teachers, starting with the humans and animals that have struggled with behavioral issues.
I have made it a point to follow experts in both fields, on a regular basis, as I feel it is important to keep my finger on the pulse as each field evolves. This has shaped my approach to starting with the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) methods for both behavior and training.
About a decade ago, I was certified by The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for their Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). This year, shortly after it was offered, I also obtained my Certified Behavioral Consultant-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA).
Both of these certificates are now industry standards and often required for jobs in the field. However, they are fundamental, in that they test for basic knowledge, not expertise. I believe that each dog should be handled in the least intrusive, minimally aversive, which means I follow Dr. Susan Friedman’s Humane Hierarchy when addressing your dog’s issues.