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Cristine Dahl is known internationally as an engaging, dynamic, speaker and educator. For topic information and booking, see theWorkshop & Seminar page.

Cristine Dahl, Founder/Principal Instructor

Sonja FURNEY, CCS, Program FACILITATOR, Girl Friday

Cristine Dahl is the founder of SoundPuppy, Seattle Dog Training, and Seattle Dogworks public training & education studios and author of the acclaimed book, Good Dog 101 (Sasquatch/Random House, foreword by Jean Donaldson). She holds a CTC from the San Francisco SPCA Academy as a distinguished graduate, has worked professionally with dogs for almost 20 years, and has a BS in Biological Science with a focus on the mammalian mind and brain. In that time she has worked with several thousand dogs, puppies, and their people.

Cristine has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) for her work helping doctors better understand the circumstances affecting dog bites to children and she is an active participant in animal welfare efforts in the state of Washington. She writes monthly for Seattle DogSpot and her resumé includes in-house behavior writer for Seattle Dog Magazine,'s pet expert, approved Dream Job Mentor for VocationVacations, and she has been featured in numerous publications including Sunset Magazine, Dog Fancy, Pet Connection Magazine, and Seattle Woman Magazine. Cristine is a member of both the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), is a mentor for alternative high school youth, volunteers with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital supporting families of children in long-term care, and serves as a canine behavior expert for dog-related legal cases in Western Washington.

While maintaining her long-standing private training business, SeattleDogs, LLC, Cristine simultaneously founded and developed three public canine training & education studios. In 2006, she founded the Pacific Northwest's first licensed private/vocational school specializing in the advanced study of canine behavior, the Northwest School of Canine Studies. Because of her extensive experience in both traditional/military and positive/animal learning theory based training, Cristine is uniquely qualified to teach a vast landscape of contemporary methodologies.  A Seattle native, she shares her home with her blended human/canine family.


Sonja's tenacity, positive attitude, and talent were apparent even as a CCS student. As a graduate, she joins the NWSCS team in a supportive role for students and dogs alike as she continues to excel in the field.

Sonja's many years of hands-on experience as a favored dog sitter and care provider have given Sonja the client-centric, well-rounded approach she brings to her work today. Behavior and training clients lucky enough to have her on their case enjoy a dedicated, smart, driven-for-success advocate for the human/canine bond. 

Our expanded Leadership Team will be introduced here in February, 2018. We are so excited!