Dog trainer, writer, translator and chocolate-addict Chrissi is being socially distant on a cloud-forested Guatemalan mountain.
Chrissi has been fond of dogs of all sizes, shapes and personalities for as long as they can think – especially the so-called difficult ones. After training the Dachshund of their early teenage years in traditional ways at their local obedience club, they learned about clicker training and got hooked on force-free, motivational methods. Chrissi has worked as a professional dog trainer since 2013, when they founded Click for Joy! Hundetraining in Vienna, Austria. In 2018, they moved to Guatemala. Chrissi’s Dog Training has been serving Antigua’s dog lovers since September 2018.
Chrissi’s work days are spent doing the things they love most: thinking about languages, writing, and teaching pet dog manners and life skills to their clients and dogs. Chrissi’s German-language puppy book Nur Mut! was released in 2017, followed by their recall book Komm zu mir! in 2018. They also teach life skills online at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and for the Pet Professionals Program.
Chrissi is passionate about working with people and dogs, as well as training, traveling, playing, and hiking with their own crew. They spend most of their free time studying the science of behavior, battling the Spanish subjunctive, and learning about social justice issues. These days, deep canvassing strangers on the phone is what keeps them sane in a politically corrupt world.
Podcasts with Chrissi:
What Is Reinforcement Anyway? Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, June 2020.
Get More Done (And Have More Fun). Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, December 13, 2019.
Bad Dog! Dealing with Unwanted Canine Behavior. Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, July 26, 2019.
Training five minutes at a time (or from your couch!). Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, December 7, 2018.
Building Reinforcers & Recall Training. Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, January 26, 2018.
Finding Time to Train. Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, September 8, 2017.