About the Trainer: Chris Papakostas
I’ve always loved being around animals and more fascinated by their willingness to learn and please, their behaviour can teach us humans much more then we think. Being around a lot of dogs I noticed that I had a natural ability to understand, gaining their confidence and willingness to listen.
I don’t see this as my “job” or even my “career” this is my lifestyle. I had an unfortunate incident and had to euthanize my dog Wicca a dog that saved my life long story short do to the incident I decided to pursue working with dogs on a professional level to help others understanding the fundamentals, why certain things must be done in order to achieve positive results and the importance of leadership. In 2012 I started my studies with Master Dog Trainer Harry Kalajian from Montreal Dog Trainers Network. When I started my courses I had Princess a rescue dog that helped me figure out what I needed to focus on. She came to me with a bunch of problems; separation anxiety, fearful, dog/dog aggressive in certain situation, leash reactive, couldn’t crate her, destructive and much more not to mention a high pray drive yes all this in 1 dog. That was my test, my personal goal at the time how was I going to help this dog. A few months of hard work and lots of learning she became whole new dog. Now she’s training in the field of Narcotics and Mould Detection I also have Momma, Zeus and Jax.
I completed my courses in Canine Training, Behaviour and Defense work.
I have theoretical and working knowledge on various subjects in any level in the field of dog training. Being part of the MDTN gives me credibility and to collaborate with other world-renowned trainers. Always thinking outside the box and being open minded allows me the use of different methods, techniques and tools. Having a good understanding of animal behaviour is important in to resolving certain issues. Considering the natural behaviour of different breeds enables me to select the best suited dog to perform a required task. It also enables me to encourage the performance of naturally occurring behaviour and also the discontinuance of undesirable behaviour.