Owner and Dog Trainer

Christie Golebiowski started her dog training career in 2004, with one on one in home training. 

Christie continued to grow the business with one, group dog training class starting in September 2008. Today Christie offers eight group dog training classes, ranging from obedience related to specialty training classes.

An additional business expansion with doggie daycare started March 2013.

Also, Christie started to offer boarding an boarding with training in August 2014.

Christie uses positive reinforcement techniques to train dogs using treats, verbal praise, toys and petting to achieve the desires behaviors we are looking for with our canine friends.  Her training classes are fun and family orientated.  She trains dogs based on trust and communication and stressing the importance of eye contact, socialization and prevention of behavior problems.  Our canine friends have become part of our families, lets teach them the rules of the house and stop punishing them for being dogs. We chose to provide them with a good life. We provide them with shelter, food, companionship and love. In return they provide us with joy, happiness and above all loyalty.

Experience:

Christie has many years of experience with dogs including:

  • Volunteer work for an animal hospital in 1997.
  • Animal hospital from 2001-2009. Work positions varying from veterinary assistant to receptionist.
  • Dog walker and doggie sitter for various breeds. This was done in the evening, which also included over night sleepovers for families out of town.
  • Christie has also volunteered a portion of her time to training the rescue dogs at Darcy’s Animal Rescue Shelter in 2010.

Education:

  • Graduate with honors from the Veterinary Assistant course at Robertson College in 2000
  • Graduate from Animal Behavior College Correspondence Course in Northridge, California in 2004. This course included three months of hands on training in Winnipeg. This course also provided Christie with her Dog training Certificate and ‘ABCDT’ initials after her name.
  • Graduate from the Canine Communications Studies Comprehensive Canine Behavior Therapy Course from Waterloo, Ontario.  This correspondence course was complete in 2007. This gave Christie her knowledge and certificate in Canine Aggression and Behavior Problems. Final initials of ‘Cb.ccs’ were added with her name.
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Profession Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)
  • Member o f the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • Brenda Aloff Aggression and Modification Seminar December 2008
  • Helix Fairweather and Megan Cruz seminar May 2009
  • Turrid Rugaas seminar June 2017.
  • Multiple books and DVD in her home library

Dog Training Area of Expertise and High Knowledge Include the following dog related topics:

  • Pre puppy coming home consults such as house set up, equipment and supplies required, questions on leashes collars treats and other new puppy related topic questions. 
  • Working as one individual or as a family unit or two person team on bonding and connecting with your dog. 
  • Puppy socialization and exposure including imprint and learning stages of your dogs brain.
  • Puppy and adult dog basic training and commands such as basic and advanced skills.
  • Decreasing and eliminating puppy problems before they become difficult problems into adulthood.
  • Puppy and dog behavior problems such as jumping on people, counter surfing, digging, come when called/recall training, house training, kennel training, chewing/biting and mouthing.
  • Behavior problems such as leash pulling, lack of connection with your dog, decreased listening skills.
  • Strong forte and understanding of arousal levels and over excitement levels in dogs.
  • Strong knowledge in fear and fear related behavior problems with other dogs, people, cars, walking. 
  • Strong knowledge on canine communication such as calming signals, stress signals, displacement behaviors.
  • Working with kids and dogs, setting ground rules of the house, working together as a team and family unit.
  • Skills on proper meet and greets with other dogs, how to decrease canine conflicts. 
  • Skills and knowledge on if another dog is right for you, which breed too choose, when is the right time.
  • Understanding dog play, play reversal, calming signals, communication to watch for to decrease conflict, play consent. 
  • Separation anxiety vs bored dog.
  • Resource guarding in puppies with food, sleeping spaces, people.  

A personal message.....

Why choose us? What sets us apart from the rest? Why bring your beloved family member to TLC? What makes us different?

I look at every dog that comes in through the TLC doors if it were my dog. With my education, if this dog was placed in my hands today, what could I do to make things easier, and create happiness for this dog? What can I do to decrease this dogs arousal levels, stress levels and anxiety levels? I can educate you on what I know, and together we can come up with a great plan to make things easier for your dog. 

If your dog is coming to my daycare and is showing signs of stress for long periods of time, or not having any fun playing with fur friends, or is showing unfriendly signs to people or other dogs, I need to tell you about it. If your dogs arousal levels are too high for learning in a group dog training class, and I think private training is a better option than group classes, I am going to let you know this. If your dog is struggling to learn new things, I am happy to help and educate where I can.

It might hurt a little. You might not enjoy hearing it. But it's my job to let you know. Why? Because I have to sleep at night knowing I did what I could with my education to help your dog. 

I can also tell you I wear my heart on my sleeve. Yourself or myself might shed a few tears in talking together about just plain old stuff in life. And that's OK.

In my continued learning over the years I have found this statement to be true. PUNISHMENT DOES NOT TEACH. Its just that simple.

Punishment will stop the behavior, there is no question about it. But, at what cost to the relationship to your dog? If it doesn't feel right in your gut, even if you were told to do it by a reputable veterinarian, a friend who has owned dogs for 20 years, a TV show or internet blog you just read - JUST DON'T DO IT.

I specialize in puppy training, starting at home time at 8 weeks of age, setting up your home environment for best success, and decreasing and or eliminating behavior problems forming strength into adulthood where it takes much longer and more time to uninstall. Working hard together on understanding communication with your puppy, socialization and exposure into their new world ahead, being kind and patient, and consistent. 

I have always based my training with dogs on connecting and relationship first, training second. If you have used outdated training techniques, especially during the early years of your dogs puppy hood, then we might have damaged the relationship with your dog. Then when its training time, your dog wont work for you - perhaps because they don't trust you.

Positive reinforcement dog training is also known as reward based training, science based training, pain free/force free training. Bottom line is giving your dog a reward when they respond to a behavior you like, then the behavior repeats itself because your dog learns that good things happen when they do something you like.

If you are looking for increasing the relationship with your and your dog, building mutual trust and respect, using praise and rewards, food luring techniques, keeping your hands off and not forcing them into behaviors, teaching your dog the best way you can by understanding how they learn - then I am the training school and doggie daycare for you. That is how simple it should be. Together we can do this. 

Looking forward to meeting you! - Christie Golebiowski Business Owner and Certified Dog Trainer 

                             

Christie takes pride in her two dogs Amaya (Akita) and Brook-Lynn (Border Collie). Amazing dogs with complete opposite personalities, different breeds with different jobs.  Amaya came into our home September 2014 at the age of 10 months. A sweet girl, with a sensitive personality. Brook-Lynn enjoys much love and attention. She enjoys couch cuddle time, chasing planes in the sky and her personal favorite - attacking the water stream from the hose. Christie has raised four dogs with her spouse and daughter, both have that second nature love for animals. In her spare time she enjoy running and has completed multiple half marathons and 5K events ranging from the Manitoba Half Marathon, to the Rock and Roll Marathon in Las Vegas Nevada. You will find her in the summer months planting lily flowers and keeping the beetles away, enjoying gardening plucking carrots and eating strawberries. She dabbles into photography with sun dogs, sun sets and sun rises on the Prairie Sky and enjoys spending time at St. Vital Park watching her daughter grow up.

 

Day Care Attendants, Dog Trainers and Groomers 

Raina

Hi, I’m Raina, the friendly face greeting you and your furbaby in the morning! I’ve been working at TLC since 2016, but have been working in the dog daycare business since 2011!  I graduated from Robertson College with a diploma for Veterinary Office Assistant, and have experience working in Veterinary Hospitals with small and large animals. I grew up with dogs from the moment I came home from the hospital as a baby. Dogs as small as a Pomeranian, to as large as a 100+ pound Wolf Husky hybrid. I currently have 2 dogs (a Sheltie and a Shiba Inu), 3 cats, and a human baby!  I look forward to meeting, playing and snuggling with your furkids at our doggie daycare!

 

Val

Hi! My name is Val! I have been with TLC since October 2017 as receptionist and daycare attendant! I have always loved working in customer service, and I have always REALLY loved dogs, so this job was a wonderful chance to combine both! I have an 11 year chihuahua named Sebastian who likes to bark and get belly rubs in equal measure, and who always does a happy dance when I get home! In my spare time I like to read, cook and spend time with family and friends.

 

AJ

I am AJ! I have been with TLC for the past two years as a doggy daycare attendant and a certified dog trainer from the Animal Behavioural Collage. My fur baby's name is Ozzy and he loves to keep me on my toes! A fun fact about myself was that when I was a little girl I wanted to be a singing veterinarian. I figured if I could sing to all the sick dog's out there it would make them feel much better! Later on in life, I discovered that A) I wasn't the world's greatest singer and B) biology was really not my thing. This is why I am now officially a dog trainer! With each passing day, I have met many amazing individuals and their furry companions. Every dog has their own personality, quirk, and goofy side! Learning directly from Christie has given me the tools to help decode your new furry family member and build a strong and lasting relationship. Let's make training fun and positive for both you and your fur baby! 

 

 

                                                                                                            Robyn

Hi I'm Robyn! I'm currently a student at Red River College and studying American Sign Language interpreting. I graduated from Animal Behaviour College and I'm a certified dog trainer. I also have experience in dog sitting and working as a veterinarian assistant. I have a 12 year old Shih Tzu at home who is a princess! In my spare time I love to read and Latin dancing.

 

Chantelle

Hello! My name is Chantelle Sicotte and I grew up in Winnipeg. I have loved animals since I can remember. My first dog Dakota really sparked my love for canines, he was the most loyal dog and we couldn’t have asked for anything more from him. He was truly amazing with children and showed an unconditional love for all who surrounded him. My border collie rescue had nothing but a positive impact on my life. He inspired me to work with animals in my future.

I started my career in dog training in January 2018 here at TLC as an assistant trainer in the Puppy Manners Level One classes. I originally started off at the University of Manitoba, hoping to pursue Animal Science but soon realized it was not the path I wanted for myself. I ended up finding my passion in dog training and took an online program through Animal Behaviour College which certified me as a dog trainer. I am continuing my education and I’m planning on getting certified by CAPPDT in fall 2019.

I find the Service Dog side of training very interesting. My goal is to one day be a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, to help those who are visually impared. I am building my experience and education to one day get me there!

Currently, when I am not at TLC I am either working at a local dog kennel, or a local coffee shop. I have two dogs of my own, they are my whole life! I have Bleu who is a 6-year-old border collie, and Levi who is a 2-year-old rough collie. We enjoy walks through Birds Hill Park and the Floodway Trail regularly. During the warmer months, we spend a lot of time out at our cottage in Bird River. When I am not with my dogs, which is not often, you can find me working on my next craft or beginning a new Netflix show with my mom.

 

  Trista

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