I am a professional Whole Dog Trainer TM Serving Fox Valley IL, St Charles, Batavia IL, and Sugar Grove IL and the surrounding area since 2002. Let me start by sharing a story, my dog Strider, who has crossed over to the rainbow bridge, was a top competitor dog earning five champion titles before the age of three.
Strider, viciously attacked by another dog while at a competition which altered his behavior and ended his career. I had to seek a solution for his "kill or be killed" dog aggression issues. So like many, I hired trainers but had little success, then I took him to a "premier" facility which is known for its work with aggression issues. Here shaped my beliefs and philosophy in training.
The methods they taught were based upon intimidation, harsh corrections, and submitting. My beautiful dog flipped bell up then peed on himself as the trainer instructed me to continue with correction after correction for compliance. I thought to myself, "I can't do this" "this is not training"! So that is the end of that.
From here I sought out a new path and attended many classes/schools to learn how to heal emotional, mental and physical imbalances working through the energy of the dog. Sits and downs don't always resolve emotional issues.
I developed effective methods without intimidation that worked for me and my training programs. Hence my mission: Building a Brighter Tomorrow for Today's Pets. One in which I have had great success.
Over time Strider became the ambassador of my training program, a kind, loving, and a gentle leader as you will see him in many of my videos, working with puppies, helping timid and fearful dogs with socialization skills, as he worked side by side showing them the ropes. Hard to believe that he was a dog aggressive.
His story ended well and along the way he was a great teacher for me and was instrimental in my training to to help dogs and their humans.
Christine Johnson - Whole Dog Trainer and Wellness Coach
Professional Dog Trainer since 2002
over 3000 hours in education
Instructor American Red Cross – Pet First Aid CPR; 2005, AKC Evaluator- Canine Good Citizen 2006,
E-Touch- Remote Collar Training-2007, Bridge and Target -SAT Kasey Cover 2007,
Practitioner Small Animal Acupressure- Tall Grass Animal Institute 2008
Practitioner Small Animal Massage- Blue Sky School Massage 2007,
Certified Bach Flower Remedies- Nelson 2010, Certified Enzyme Expert Enzimedica 2012.
Certified Aroma Therapy, Chemistry in Essential Oils -Center of Aromatherapy Research and Education (2009)
Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist- DN University 2017, Certified Carnivore Nutrition- American Council Animal Naturopathy 2017,Small Animal Food Therapy- Tall Grass Institute 2017
Christine Johnson Professional Whole Dog Trainer of Dogs 4 Life Training Center. Practitioner Small Animal Acupressure, Animal Massage, Canine Nutrition
Dogs 4 Life training programs are personalized to each family and their training needs. I also believe that training requires a personal relationship between the pet owner and trainer, in order to better serve you, I require a phone call to discuss individual training and fees for services.
General program questions will be referred back to the website, otherwise please leave message with a number and I will gladly call you to discuss you needs Thank you - Christine
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