Christy is a born native of California, having grown up in Calabasas, then later living in various parts of Southern California before moving to San Diego in March of 2008. Her formal education consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from California Polytechnic State University Pomona; an Associate of Science degree in Animal Health Technology at Los Angeles Pierce College; a post-baccalaureate in natural resource education from Humboldt State University and obtaining a teaching credential in both the state of California and Utah, education from California State University, Northridge. She has formerly held a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) license in the state of California. Christy gained her veterinary technician experience from 5 different Veterinary Hospitals. Other dog experience, working at a dog kennel, feeding at peak holiday times 104 dogs, worked for a dog groomer and had her own pet sitting business.
Christy has been involved with dog activities and training for thirty-two years, starting out learning how to train a hearing dog named Watson at the Riverside Humane Society; competed in border collie sheep herding, competed on a Flyball team, competed in agility, did some Canine Freestyle, competed in competition obedience, Rally and K9 Nose Work and Scent Work.
Christy's philosophy: Creating behaviors you want by using positive dog training methods through Behavior Analysis. Building relationships with trust for a better partnership. Behavior modification carefully specialized for you and your dog's needs. Christy has done a lot of study with behavior analysis and worked with some of the best instructors in the world.
However, Christy's interest in animals did not stop with dogs. She has worked for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuges dealing with a variety of species of animals in Law Enforcement and biological studies. Working with wildlife has given Christy the experience to use stress free approach with animals learning how to read animal behavior. Species handled include birds, reptiles, several different kinds of invertebrates, fish, and other mammals.
Christy received her Associate Nose Work Instructor's status (ANWI) and teaches K9 Nose Work(R) classes. Christy's focus is anything Nose Work and has grown to love the sport. She has been teaching Nose Work now for 6 years.
Title Achievements in Nose Work:
Belgian Malinois, Mickey has received: -Two NW3 titles, All four NW3 element titles, L2C (containers) and L1E (exteriors), L1V (Vehicles), L1I (Interiors), ORT for Birch, Anise and Clove.
Labrador Retriever, Divine has received – NW2 and L3C (Containers). ORT for Birch, Anise and Clove. AKC Novice title for Interior, Containers, and Burdied.
Border Collie/Jack Russel Cross, Duffy – NW1, L1C (containers) , ORT for Birch, Anise and Clove.
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