About Kristine Thurston
Kristine’s interest in animal training started at a young age when her family brought home their first dog, an English Setter named Max. She enjoyed teaching the family dogs to do tricks and participate in homemade agility courses around the house and always dreamed of having a dog of her own. In 2016, she and her husband adopted their first family dog, Layla, an American Staffordshire Terrier mix. After they brought Layla home, Kristine’s interest in dog training became a passion and they have pursued obedience training, agility, nose work, and trick training together. In 2018, Kristine decided to make her dream of becoming a dog trainer a reality and started teaching group classes and working at a service dog kennel, helping to train rescue dogs to work with veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Prior to this, Kristine was working with children and young adults with Autism in a variety of settings including schools, a residential program, and in their homes. She pursued her Master’s degree in Applied BehaviorAnalysis (ABA) and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for a small company that provides in-home services to families. By completing her degree, she has the advantage of a thorough understanding of behavior and behavior change strategies. Kristine’s time with her clients was an extremely rewarding experience that taught her about patience, kindness, and perseverance in challenging situations.
As Kristine began to dive more into her new career, she found it was the perfect blend between dog training and teaching people. She enjoys helping dogs and their people come together and work as a team. She believes effective communication, respect, and kindness is the key to a strong bond with your dog. She is excited to be a part of the You and Your DogTraining team and is looking forward to bettering the lives of dogs and their people.