About Kristen

Email afmdog@gmail.com or call 740-644-0049


Blaze – Rally Novice

Like most dog trainers, my own challenging dog led to an interest in dog training. I have a degree in animal behavior from the OSU.  A formal background in biology, animal sciences, and psychology helps me approach dog training as a science. I completed the Karen Pryor Academy program the first year it was available. As a result of wanting the best for my students, I attend many continued education events on teaching, training, and behavior. Sometimes these are local seminars and sometimes we’re traveling to other countries!



Dog training can be about problem solving but it’s also about relationships and communication. I volunteer with the Ohio dog 4-H program at a local and state level.  This has given me a huge amount of time spent with families and youth. 

Dog Games

My dogs and I compete in dog activities including obedience, agility, and rally. While I know that not everyone wants to do those games with their dogs, I learn a lot from the experiences. We work on details, precision, and getting tasks right on the first try. Most activities are done off leash, in challenging environments and with many distractions. We like finding opportunities for off leash hikes and love traveling to new places. Sometimes I have to do other things, – but almost all of my time is spent with dogs!  

Next Steps

There’s always more to learn! 2017 goals include focus on shy dogs and higher levels of competition with my dogs.



Gaylan’s Siriusly Not Joking PCD CD RN OA AXJ OB1 CDX-C ISD PD CL-3 CCA ARCHEX NN  (obedience, rally, breed-club conformation, agility, nosework, mondioring obedience)






Durmstrangn’s Wronski Feint  RL1 (rally)





GoodNgold’s Nymphadora