Dog Behavior Seminars

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About Christine's Seminars

Christine's dog behavior seminars and workshops are an incredible way to enrich your understanding of dog psychology and your dog handling skills. Her dynamic presence and teaching style keeps participants engaged as she covers leadership skills, dog psychology, loose leash walking, nutrition, treadmill training, and much more.

Her workshops are not only a wonderful learning experience for individual dog owners, but are a valuable resource for shelter staff and volunteers, rescues, dog walkers, veterinarians, trainers, and groomers as well. Dog handlers of all skill levels will be sure to take away knowledge and skills to bring to their interactions with dogs.

Benefits of Hosting a Seminar

  • Fundraiser for your rescue or shelter
  • Exposure for your business/organization
  • Advocate responsible dog ownership
  • Enhance the abilities of staff/volunteers
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What People Are Saying

Over a year ago, I was invited to attend a behavior seminar with CCSPCA.  I was so excited to learn how I can help my foster kids get ready for their new homes.  Boy was I surprised!  I was quickly hooked!  Christine's speaking style is like talking to an old friend.  She makes you feel like you are the only person in the room.  She does not lecture down to her crowd, using behavioral jargon.  She talks to each and every person in the room like you are an old friend.  By lunch, I my head was zooming with so much new information and my notepad was full of aha moments that I have referred back to time and time again.  After lunch, Christine pulled it all together, applying the psychology to real techniques I could go home and use right away.  From "the look" to the treadmill, I was empowered!

Fast forward one year, I had quit my boring cubical job and am no longer tied down by a headset cord.  I am out walking dogs.  I owe that to Christine Nolan!  She gave me the skill set to live my dream life! Now, I bounce out of bed, whether it is sunny or rainy, knowing I get to do what I love, work with dogs!

April 20th, Christine spoke to my NJ Chapter of Rebound Hounds Res-Q.  I simply lost count how many times she gave me chills!  Even though I had the pleasure to see her speak before, she reinforced what I had been doing, corrected some things I was not doing correctly, and taught me so much more! 

If you have the opportunity to be in Christine's electric presence, I highly recommend it!  She changed my life, and gave me the courage to help so many foster dogs.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you Christine Nolan for giving me the gift of living my dream life!

-Melissa Simone, Rebound Hounds Res-Q

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Hi Christine,

The seminar was great. I learned a lot more doing it this way.I think when we had you over to help us with Peanut and Gypsy I was so concerned about what what going on that I didn't pay as much attention as I should have. This reinforced everything and seeing you work with the two dogs cemented it for me. I think maybe my partner now understands that a dog is not a human. She has seen me put your efforts to work with our new dog and I also read over my notes to her. You would be proud. Gypsy, you said was the second worst dog you had seen is walking on leash.if she gets ahead I stop and she immediately runs back behind the line. It's taken a lot of work but at least the wall is good. She still runs away when I gather her and Oscar for their walk but she comes home smiling. We still have some work to do but your training is sinking in. I like the fact that you are not rigid and gimmicky. Everything you say makes sense and there is a rational behind it.

I feel so bad for my old dog. When you talked in the session about life from a dogs point of view. "You let me out in the yard and let me sit on the couch and left me in charge,but I wasn't happy".You didn't do the things I needed most, like walk me and be a leader. I'm glad now that my current dogs will be much happier.

I've had a lot of people ask me about the seminar and of course I tell them it was wonderful. A lot of people have asked if you cover inter dog jealousy, anxiety. The only other topic I can think to add would be bringing a new dog home and introducing them to another dog. I can't wait for the next seminar. Thanks again!

-Sybil, Gypsy and Oscar

The Cumberland County SPCA was proud to welcome Christine Nolan of "Your Dog and You" to help us better understand and help the dogs in our care. At any given time we have approximately 100 dogs in the shelter and 20-100 dogs in our Foster Care program. The dogs in foster care are often victims of abandonment, neglect, and/or cruelty. Our Foster Families and Volunteers were eager to do more to help the dogs, but we knew we needed more tools to do so successfully. We needed assistance, especially in the areas of leash-walking, helping fearful dogs develop confidence, and understanding why dogs act the way they do. Christine Nolan went out of her way to travel to Cumberland County where we hosted our Dog Behavior Seminar, and graciously provided us with a 4 hour workshop that was filled with valuable information- at no charge! I have known and worked with Christine for years so I am well aware of her dedication to homeless dogs and the humans that are making an effort to help them. I was so pleased that the Cumberland County SPCA staff, volunteers, and foster families were able to benefit from both her knowledge and her generosity. Because Christine's methods have been proven successful, she is a someone whose time is in great demand. We truly appreciate her willingness and eagerness to dedicate her weekend to help us. At the seminar, Christine taught us Dog Psychology, how to accomplish loose-leash walking, dog reactivity, how to handle problem behaviors (and from where these behaviors stem), and how to properly use a treadmill to provide a mental and physical burn for a dog, which makes them a more balanced animal. Christine is such an effective speaker and engaging presenter that the four hours we spent at the seminar could have easily been eight and we still would have been ready for more! She really has a gift for reaching her audience. Christine also made herself available at the conclusion of the seminar to answer specific questions and provide advice and support. We truly appreciate everything Christine Nolan has done for the CCSPCA and are now prepared to be better foster homes, better volunteers, and better staff members- which means that things are only going to get better for the dogs of Cumberland County.

Maria Stoerrle
Foster Care Coordinator for CCSPCA

Just wanted to thank for sharing so much knowledge with us! I couldn't wait to try what I learned on my own dog, Nina. The first thing she learned is that she must "allow" me to use a vacuum cleaner in peace! And I got her to understand that without using ONE word! She is 11 years old, so ya sure can teach an old dog new tricks, lol! And I have been using the Halti (Holt brand) on her for awhile now and love it, but she was still balking and I really wasn't sure what to do about it(except stand there foolishly with her pulling back and me saying, "Here's "My Little Pony" again"). WaLa, treated her as if she were doing what Mikey was doing and came in and got a hold close and followed through and I no longer have that problem. By the time we were in the last half of her walk we looked good! And I had mastered the one hand leash and felt like I was 6 feet tall and Nina was so smooth! I am just so excited to have all of this to share with every dog, and human, I can! Thanks again! By the way, Nina is a very talented girl! We have had her over 10 years and she has taught me some games she likes to play and I did the word association thing when she was young and she makes me look good, lol! I have a few videos of her doing these things, trash pickup and laundry, complete with door closing. We adopted her from CCAS. Bet you can't tell I am still smitten, lol! She has been nicknamed 3N because when I get started, it's Nina, Nina, Nina, it's all about Nina, lol! Didn't mean to be so blabby, but I am really inspired!
- Maggie Van Etten

Hi Christine! I attended your seminar on Saturday and all I can say is THANK YOU!! My last foster dog(she was adopted Sunday) was a leash biter because of what you taught in the seminar, I was able to have a beautiful last walk with my sweet Piper before I brought her to her forever home. I was also able to share with Piper's new family the knowledge I got from you. We have 4 dogs of our own and although they are all pretty good on the leash, I found myself "freezing, looking at my picture and making it perfect" during my walks with them. I live in upstate NY and I have been fostering death row dogs for Rebound Hounds ResQ for almost two years, I will use what I learned on Saturday for all my future foster dogs. I am planning on enrolling in the Animal Behavior College and become a certified dog trainer, my focus will be on shelter dogs....watching you has inspired me to move ahead with my dream. Thank you for all you do to help the death row dogs, they are all amazing dogs with so much potential.

- Tracy Baldwin

Christine, I want to thank you for your excellent seminar on Saturday. I went home that night and walked four COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DOGS! Your techniques with the dogs and human re-education made a huge difference in the animals that live in my home. Walks are much more pleasant and I have peace of mind that my days of neighborhood embarrassment are over! Thanks so much for all of your help and for all you do for the rescue community as well!
-Erika Hooven