(EN: they; ES: el; DE: sie. Feel free to be confused by me; humans are complex! What’s not to love?)
Dog trainer, writer, nomad and chocolate-addict Chrissi is currently based somewhere around Mexico City.
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. This led them to abandon their PhD thesis in English Literature to follow their true passion: Chrissi has worked as a professional dog trainer since 2013 and never looked back. They love in finding out-of-the-box, creative approaches to behavioral challenges. Their German-language puppy book Nur Mut! was released in 2017, followed by their recall book Komm zu mir! in 2018. As of August 2022, Chrissi is proud to be a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI).
Chrissi is passionate about working with people and their dogs, creating safe and inclusive spaces, building large marker cue vocabularies and communicating across species lines – both fairly and pragmatically. Podcasting, observing free-roaming dogs, writing this blog (as well as other things) and deep canvassing (which you should 100% check out). They spend their free time studying the science of behavior, battling the Spanish subjunctive, and exploring Mexico with their partner in crime, Malinois Game, on foot, by car or on a bike. Talking to random strangers is one of their favorite things, as is being vulnerable first, staying curious, and trying to communicate thoughtfully as well as striving to remember when it isn’t their place to speak, but give others a platform.
Due to COVID, Chrissi does not currently teach in person classes. Check the schedule at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy for their upcoming online courses, or send them an e-mail to inquire about private online coaching.
Youtube Channel on the lives of free-roaming dogs: Free Ranging Dogs
Chrissi’s podcast: Our One Wild and Precious Lives (and Our Dogs)
Podcasts interviews with Chrissi:
Freilauf und Rückruf oder doch eher eine Frage der Kulturen? Knackfrosch und Gummistiefel (German language podcast), June 6, 2022.
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.