If you're ready to stop feeling frustrated, stressed out, overwhelmed or down-right confused by your dog's behavior, you've come to the right place. K9 Holistic's dog training programs are easy, effective and fun for both ends of the leash.
Whether you need to teach your puppy some good manners, or need help with a tough behavioral issue, K9 Holistics has the solutions you need to start enjoying life with your dog by your side.
Serving Saint Petersburg, Florida and surrounding areas
When it comes to training animals, it's important to remember that just because you can, doesn't mean you should. We have a responsibility to our dogs when it comes to choosing training methods, and that's why K9 Holistics is committed to using science-based, humane methods that are stress-free and teach dogs to enjoy the process of training and cooperating with their owners. We don't want the dog to sit because he HAS to. We want him to sit because he WANTS to. Modern training methods approach training from a perspective of cooperation rather than coercion, and that's what you can expect from K9 Holistics. Positive reinforcement training is about so much more than treats. It's about ethical treatment. When you choose a reward-based training program, you are making a commitment to do what's in your dog's best interest.
But will I always need food?
No! Reward-based training is not all about treats! There are so many other things that dogs find rewarding, and we will use many different kinds of rewards to build your dog's motivation to cooperate. We will teach your dog to behave reliably whether food is available or not, because your dog will come to understand that good choices are what get him what he wants in life.
For puppies under six months, this all-inclusive program will get you and your puppy started off on the right foot...and the right paw!
Mouthing, jumping, chewing
Basic commands and leash skills
For busy pet parents who need an extra hand, Certified trainer Christine will come to your home and train your dog for you. Perfect for:
New dog owners with limited time
Owners with mobility issues
Whether you need help with simple manners or complex behavioral issues, private training will help you become a better dog owner.
Basic & advanced obedience
Settling in public
Anxiety, fear and aggression
CGC/Therapy dog prep
Before we started training, I was reluctant to take Nigel anywhere because he was leash reactive, didn't walk well on a leash, and was difficult to ride with in the car. Nigel learned so quickly with K9 Holistic’s training that I was so impressed. Nigel and I go many places together now. He has overcome his leash reactivity. He behaves better in the car and walks nicely on a leash. I now love to take him places.
- Cathy Hood
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.