What is a Canine Behavior Consultant?
The services of a canine behavior consultant go beyond that of a basic dog trainer.
Behaviorists take a scientific approach to understanding the causes, functions, development, and evolution of canine behavior.
Since many behavior problems are complex, behaviorists conduct in-depth evaluations of a pet’s history, environmental factors and specific behaviors to develop a treatment plan.
In the comfort of your own home, we can teach you how your dog views the world, show you how to humanely train your dog, and demonstrate new ways to effectively handle problem behaviors. Ultimately, we can make life with your dog easier and more rewarding for you both!
Kirstin Zaspel MS, CPDT-KA – Owner / Canine Behaviorist:
Kirstin Zaspel earned her bachelors degree in Biology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
After finishing her undergraduate degree, Kirstin worked for a biotech company in Minneapolis.
She later went on to complete a Masters degree in Psychology. Her classes focused on animal behavior, animal learning, canine psychology, counseling and biopsychology.
Her Masters thesis addressed anthropomorphic perception of dogs or the degree to which people attribute human-like characteristics toward dogs.
Over the years Kirstin has worked in veterinary clinics, humane societies, volunteered for behavior-help-hotlines, headed a pet therapy program, and attended numerous behavioral seminars.
She is also certified through The Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is required to complete continuing education credits.
Kirstin has also worked to provide in-home therapy for autistic children.
Kirstin resides in NE Wisconsin with her husband, son, dog Buckley, and cat Edie.
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