Founder, Trainer, Owner of Ratical Dogs LLC
Member: Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild
Christine is a California native, who was raised in the Bay area. With a love of animals from an early age, it was not surprising to find her living with two dogs, five cats, and a blue and gold macaw at one time as an adult. Where it all really began was with her purchase of a German Shepherd puppy back in 1998. Determined to have a stable, well rounded dog that would be welcomed anywhere, she read every training book she could find, participated in many training classes, and attended behavior seminars. “Dodger” became a soul mate, not just a pet dog, and he was loved by everyone who met him. After a career in customer service for many years and a break as a stay at home mom, Christine decided to pursue her passion in a career as a professional trainer. Christine is a Certified American Treibball Trainer, a graduate of the Canine Behavior Academy (CBA I & II), an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a Doggone Safe Presenter and is certified in Pet First Aid.
Christine continues to stay up to date on new ideas and techniques by attending seminars, workshops, and classes of all types. She has taught at several locations, including the East Bay SPCA. She founded Dodger's Paws in 2009 and she co-founded The Dog School in 2011. Christine taught a variety of positive dog training classes for the Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin areas, that focus on making the training enjoyable for the human and their dog; she believes it should be FUN! Christine truly enjoys working with people as much as dogs, helping them “connect with their canine” and form a great working relationship based on mutual respect. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to do what she loves!
Christine lives with her husband, the two youngest of their six children, and her dogs; Oliver, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, age 8, her daughter's puppy Iceberg, a Miniature American Shepherd, Oakes, a Miniature American Shepherd. Bridget, Christine's second German Shepherd passed away at 12 years old in 2011, and Dodger passed away in 2012 at the age of 14.5. Both are missed and thought of every day.
Christine now owns Ratical Dogs in Livermore where you can learn all about Barn Hunt!