Upward Dog is a force-free, fear-free, and evidence-based dog training service. We aim to stay up-to-date on the latest animal behavior research. We regularly reassess the methods that are effective and ineffective with your dogs. We are constantly seeking further education and new and improved avenues of training. We continue our education through attending conferences, enrolling in behavior & training courses, conversing with other trainers, reading literature, and testing it on our own dogs! We aim to integrate fun and challenging activities in our training that both dogs and their humans can enjoy. Simple, repeatable, and effective is what we strive to create for you.
Based on the Hierarchy of Behavior Change Procedures, we work with the least intrusive and most rewarding forms of effective intervention.
Kirstin Valdes | Owner & Trainer
Kirstin began working with animals within veterinary hospitals as a Kennel Technician and an Assistant Veterinary Technician. Set on a career in behavior, she obtained a Bachelors of Science from the University of Georgia studying Wildlife Biology and spent three years working in the field of animal behavioral research. Subsequently, she chose to specialize in canine behavior and worked as a dog training apprentice for four years in Athens, GA.
Kirstin has always been extremely passionate about animal behavior and bridging the gap in communication between people and their companion animals. A published researcher, Kirstin approaches training with a scientific mind that aims to integrate evidence-based research with relationship-based training. She is set to test for her CPDT-KA (Certification for Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) in Fall 2019.