WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“… This program was the hardest, most emotional project I have ever engaged in. [Cristine’s] knowledge and compassion for dogs but more importantly, her students, in my opinion is unprecedented. I have never been taught by a more able individual (and I have 9 years of college). The bond that is created with the participants and alumni of this Program is the equivalent to the bond created in the military and the academy. I HIGHLY recommend this Program for anyone interested in working with clients regarding dogs, just wanting to be better in tune with your own dog(s) or simply using your knowledge and compassion for animals to "pay-it-forward". Her work with me both in class and on a personal basis will enable me to save thousands of dollars in not have to hire someone to train the Sheriff Office Foundation dogs. Our dogs will be working with Juvenile Detainees, and the Superior Court as EAS K9's because of what NWSCS teaches….”
Jared Karstetter, Executive Director,
King County Sheriff Foundation
The NWSCS is Different
The NWSCS is designed for those interested in behavior modification of the companion dog rather than just training. While we value and teach training foundations such as obedience, manners, and control, we do so only as a function of how those behaviors contribute to a dog's overall behavioral soundness and success.
Dog AND Owner
While all trainers and behavior modification practitioners love working with dogs, their human partners have been greatly ignored in the professional landscape. We study and apply cutting-edge behavior techniques to support a partnership between dog and owner, focusing on rock-solid communication and coaching support.
JEAN DONALDSON, Director, The SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, Author of The Culture Clash, Oh Behave!, and Dogs are from Neptune says:
“Seattle is a city of thinking, sophisticated people and so it’s very fitting that Cristine Dahl has given it Seattle Dogworks. Cristine’s methods are science-based, on the cutting edge, and completely dog and people friendly.”
REBECCA ROPER, President, APDTNZ says:
“APDT New Zealand was extremely fortunate to have Cristine Dahl as a speaker at our annual conference in June 2018 where she debuted her Whole Dog and Leadership program. Her ideas were thought provoking, enlightening and exceeded our expectations. She gently pushed us outside of our comfort zones to help us grow as trainers and as people. Cristine was an absolute pleasure to work with and is a highly entertaining and engaging speaker. She certainly left us wanting more! We look forward to having her speak again.”
JANIS BRADLEY, Author of Dogs Bite but Balloons and Bedroom Slippers are More Dangerous says:
“Every great city in the country needs a place like Seattle Dogworks, where cutting edge, scientifically grounded training methods are presented in a way that supports the needs of people and dogs alike, enhancing the bonds between them.”
The NWSCS recognizes the need to support practitioners in a field that has a high burnout, low wellness rate. While students receive a top notch education in canine behavior and client management, the program also integrates activities, material, coaching, and education promoting emotional health and career longevity.
Seattle Area Puget Sound Location
Our SEATTLE lecture section is held in a comfortable private satellite/auxiliary classroom off hwy 99 on Dexter Ave N., with easy access and ample off-street parking. Hands-on sections, also in Seattle, are held mostly outside. Exact locations of the classroom provided upon completion of registration, and hands-on times provided after the first day of class.
Our OLYMPIA lecture section is held at the main South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) campus , with hands-on sections at one of the two properties run by the school, also in Olympia. DUE TO COVID-19 OLYMPIA COURSES ON HOLD UNTIL 2022.
The NWSCS lecture and activity sections operate in a classroom setting. All hands-on sections are held mostly outside.