My name is Chris Hollenbeck- Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer (ABCDT) through Animal Behavior College (ABC). As owner of Howl-N-Bark Training, I would like you to know that I am a passionate, patient, persistent, and very enthusiastic pet-lover, who believes in helping all animals reach their full potential.
My passion for animals can be traced back to working for an animal shelter where I spent the early part of my career as one of the caretakers. I then became a Veterinary Assistant where I furthered my education through Cedar Valley College to become an LVT in August 2001. I aspire to become a dog behaviorist by learning why dogs do the things they do, and how to help them live a long and happy life beside us. Keeping up on the newest information, I have been attending seminars, workshops, and continuing educational classes. I have volunteered for a local animal shelter as an LVT to help shelter pets keep up on basic husbandry and since graduating from ABC, I now volunteer to train the dogs to help them get ready for their forever homes.
Driven by my mission to help clients work on behavior, obedience, and keeping the human-animal bond strong, I use the scientifically proven methods of force-free training. I use treats, toys and games that promote learning. I encourage the use of harnesses and soft wide collars and as a supporting member of IAABC, I adhere to LIMA- Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive approach to behavior modification and training. My skills and educational background help me bring understanding, communication, and organization to my roles as an LVT and certified dog trainer. With them, I can ensure Howl-N-Bark Training is successful with excellent results and a high level of satisfaction for my clients, and their pets.
I am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Fear Free Certified member, Evaluator for American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and C.L.A.S.S. trainer, and Supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). I am currently studying to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).
I currently live in Oneida with my husband and we are the dutiful servants for the queen of the house, an adopted cat named Mia. I’ve recently adopted a dog named Benny, who is making my house and heart full again. I have two adult children, Stephen and René, and one grandson, Seth.
The best part of what I do? Playing with the animals. Hands down!!