Hi, my name is Krysta Garland. I first became interested in positive dog training in 2005 after taking a clicker class with my Bernese mountain dog named Daisy. That was when I learned contrary to my previous beliefs, I didn't need to use force or pain to train my dogs.
After getting a dog with some behavior problems, I was told by many I needed to use "corrections" to correct my dogs behavior. I found that this didn't work, but only seemed to make things worse. That's when I went back and started studying more positive training techniques. I noticed a huge change in my dogs behavior and decided this was what she needed. I became involved with the Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association with my dog Fancy and began classes in agility. This is where I truly became "hooked" on positive training and having fun with my dogs.
I applied to the Karen Pryor Academy dog training professional program, hopeful to learn as much as I could and be able to bring what I learned to the Central NL area. I completed an intensive 6 month long program and exam that allowed me to travel to Sequim, Washington to be assessed by world renowned dog trainer Terry Ryan.
I am very excited to coach people to train their dogs using positive training techniques. The training methods I use are reward based and use the most up to date, force free methods. I had the opportunity while in Washington to apply these training principles to chickens and seen first hand how these training methods can be used to train literally any animal (or person)!
After completing both a training and a teaching assessment in Washington, I am very happy and proud to say I am a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.
In March, 2017, after completing over 300 hours of dog training as a primary instructor, I was eligible to take the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers certification exam. Receiving 95% on this exam, I am very proud to say that I am the first Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) in the province of Newfoundland. Although dog training is an unregulated industry and a certification is not required for anyone to provide professional services, I am happy to ensure my clients that they are receiving the best possible training advice for their beloved pets. This certification also requires continuing education and re-certification to ensure clients continue to receive quality service.
As a Karen Pryor trainer, I have made a commitment and taken a pledge to provide force free training methods. I'm also personally committed to life long education and always teaching the most up to date information and improving my skills as a trainer.
I very much look forward to meeting you and your dogs and having some fun training!
Krysta Garland, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP