Kristina Finney, KPA CTP*, CPDT-KA**, AKC CGC***

Kristina has a passion for helping families learn how to communicate better with their animals. Kristina has extensive experience training both cats and dogs, has trained hedgehogs and created widely distributed resources on hedgehog behavior, and supports clients with a variety of other animals.

A passion for science-based methods and an approach through which animals enjoy learning led Kristina to pursue training with the Karen Pryor Academy. This helped Kristina learn the art of rewarding the behaviors we want to see and understand how force-free training using positive reinforcement creates positive bonds between humans and animals while providing exceptional training results.

Kristina is a graduate of the extensive Karen Pryor Academy dog training professional program and is certified by the Karen Pryor Academy. Kristina is a Canine Behavior Trainer and Instructor at PAWS Chicago, where she teaches group classes for all obedience levels. Kristina is also an approved AKC evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen program.

*KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner)

**CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed)

*** AKC CGC (American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen – approved evaluator)