Kristi’s passion for training developed when she was volunteering as a dog walker at the Calgary Humane Society. She was troubled by how many young healthy dogs were being surrendered due to a lack of socialization and obedience skills. Those dogs were also difficult to adopt into new homes, and Kristi wanted to help them succeed. Kristi went through Calgary Humane’s Dog Training Apprenticeship Program and was later invited to join the training team. She went on to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a level six Tellington TTouch student, and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.
Melissa has been passionate about dogs her whole life. Unable to have a dog as a young kid, she spent her time reading books about dog breeds and animals. Despite not having her own dog her childhood memories are still full of them. She started asking to take neighbourhood dogs for walks when she was 8 years old and did this every day for years!
Melissa got her first family dog in 2008. He is a fearful yorkie named Aiko. Aiko has taught her so much about fearful dogs and how they behave. She now has her own pets, a wonderful Portuguese Water Dog named Maya, a young Doberman named Jango and a black cat named Felix. Maya and Jango go everywhere with Melissa and are the perfect adventure buddies!
Melissa has worked a variety of jobs with dogs including at a doggie daycare and with a rescue. She has been working as a dog walker and sitter since 2013. Her goal is to gain knowledge and experience in dog training that she can apply to her job and use everyday with her own dogs! She would like to work towards her CPDT certificate. Melissa is very excited and happy to work towards her goals with Canine Minds and Manners.
Kristi Berlin, CPDT-KA, Tellington Touch Practitioner
Kelly volunteered with the Calgary Humane Society as a dog walker for a number of years, and has a Master of Education degree in Adult Education from the University of Calgary. Kelly spent her teenage and young-adult years working with horses; she trained an ex-racehorse for dressage and jumping, and she also taught horseback riding lessons.
After adopting a reactive dog, Kelly immersed herself in learning about canine behaviour and positive reinforcement training. She volunteered with Canine Minds and Manners in 2017, and is eager to further her education by taking formal classes and seminars related to dog training.
Kelly believes that people and their dogs can work and learn together best in an environment that is safe and supportive, and that builds on the strengths of each human-canine team. She truly enjoys seeing people build trusting, cooperative relationships with their dogs.
Kelly is an assistant trainer at our Polite Puppies and Good Dogs Have More Fun classes.
Shannon Blackadder CPDT-KA
Tina Sarantis, CBCC, CPDT-KA,
Tellington Touch Practioner
Shannon has always loved dogs, and became interested in dog learning and behaviour while fostering with a local rescue. She is fascinated with the science behind behaviour and learning, and the working relationship between humans and their dogs. Shannon loves nerdy dog talk and thinks that one of the best parts of working with dogs and their humans is making the science behind dog training accessible and applicable.
She is lucky to share her home with Cricket and Ranger, two high energy herding dogs who are always up for adventure. Shannon is Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and certified in Pet First Aid with Walks N Wags.
Kirsten Rose, CBCC, CPDT-KSA, KPA
Kirsten Rose is 15 year veteran in animal behavioural sciences and training and completed her apprenticeship with the Calgary Humane Society as well as the behaviour and training program through the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy. She is a Certified Behaviour Consultant – Canid and Professional Dog Trainer specializing in behavioural issues such as fear and aggression. Kirsten is a member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants and The Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals. Kirsten is passionate about understanding canid behaviour and learning to co-exist both with our domestic dogs and their wild canid cousins. She works tirelessly teaching not only about domestic dog behaviour but also about the behaviour of coyote and the wolf and how we can co-exist with these wonderful animals without fear and use of lethal methods. Kirsten is the Alberta Representative for Coyote Watch Canada and Wolf Matters.
As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Behaviour Consultant - Canine, Tina is able to combine a unique skill set offering a non-judgmental, positive approach to every situation. She is also a Certified Practitioner in Tellington TTouch for Companion Animals and has been able to combine these techniques with her training and behaviour work resulting in successful solutions to behaviour problems, and a better understanding between people and their dogs.