Christine Bauhs (formerly Fasan), CPDT-KA, is a certified professional dog trainer and C.L.A.S.S. evaluator. She began training dogs in 2012 while running a dog walking business in Chicago, IL. She had a special place in her heart for the "problem dogs" that other dog walking companies rejected due to behavioral issues. She credits those difficult doggies with igniting her passion for training and understanding dog psychology.
Since that time, she has trained hundreds of dogs, both through her own business and as a training instructor for the Tampa Bay SPCA. She works closely with several local rescue organizations, including Maxx & Me, Passion4Pits and New Horizon Dog Rescue. Christine is an advocate for educating the community about the importance of training dogs with kindness and approaching training from the dog's point of view, and she is active in many outreach programs. In 2017-18 she served on the CASA kennel committee where her expertise in dog behavior helped to shape the protocols for admitting dogs into the newly built animal shelter. She also visits local schools with therapy dogs-in-training to help students blow off steam during exam week, and educates students about how to interact with dogs safely.
Christine is always advancing her knowledge and understanding of animal training and canine behavior, and keeps up to date on the latest research in the field. In her free time, you can often find her reading a book or article on dog training! As a certified trainer, continuing education is a requirement in order to maintain her certification....but truth be told, she does it for fun! She is a proud mama to two dogs (German shepherd, Vayda, and couch potato, LiLy) and her cat, Jazz.
K9 Holistics dog training methods are inspired by science and a commitment to humane treatment. Our methods are aligned with the position statements of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) in regards to the use of humane methods. We highly encourage dog owners to learn about the Humane Hierarchy and the LIMA standard (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive) before choosing a training program. A firm understanding of the recommended guidelines for training can help you select the best option for your dog. For more help in choosing a trainer, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) provides an excellent resource.
At K9 Holistics, we believe in empowering owners and dogs alike. If you have questions about how our methods or philosophy may work for your dog, please feel free to ask for more information.