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The IAABC Dog Division welcomes both seasoned and aspiring professional Dog Behavior Consultants. Learn via discussion lists, guided studies, case study tutorials, mentoring, and networking. We work together to enhance the lives of dogs and their people.

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Krystal Ellingson CDBC CPDT-KSA

Eric Goebelbecker on November 09, 2014

Krystal is the founder of Speak Dog LLC, which is the first dedicated ‘positive’ dog training and behavior consulting company in the Tri-City and surrounding area where she lives in South-Eastern Washington. Krystal’s love for dogs and thirst for knowledge is also shared by the trainers she employs. Some of Krystal’s certifications and membership/affiliations include: Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen/S.T.A.R. Puppy/Community Canine Evaluator, American Red Cross Pet First Aid Instructor, Association of Professional Dog Trainers C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator/Premium Member, CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Official Mentor Trainer, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers CPDT-KSA, Delta Society Pet Partner, IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Love on a Leash (Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy) Member & Evaluator, SARA Service Animal Trainer, and a few more. Krystal has a passion for outreach and has designed, implemented, and managed several local dog related programs as well as offering support to local animal shelters. These programs include:

  • “Stress Less” a therapy dog program in partnership with a local public school - focusing on life skills classroom support and additionally using therapy dogs as tools for addressing special or difficult situations that students may be faced with under the guidance of the school counselor.
  • “Ridge Dogs” a prison dog training program in contract with Washington State Department of Corrections - involving taking dogs from shelters and transferring them to prison to live with and learn from their inmate dog handlers until the dogs are ready to be adopted.
  • “Story Time” a therapy dog reading program in partnership with a local library and also at a local private school - where children read to therapy dogs and can also participate in related activities and crafts. ‘Reflections’ a program in partnership with a local homeless teens shelter where residents are taught basic dog training and behavior concepts and are encouraged to interact in a positive and productive way with a ‘sweet, but less than perfect’ adolescent rescued resident dog.

Krystal has a strong desire to advance and actualize not only in her own career, but also to honor her own mentors by helping other behavior and training professionals along their own paths too. To learn more about her business, visit www.speakdogtricities.com

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