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Mission: To provide force-free, rewards based dog training.

 

Kristy Francis Dog Training’s philosophy is to provide humane training that is backed by science. Learning shouldn’t be painful or scary, therefore we don't use techniques or devices that could potentially be either. Training is force-free and rewards based.

Kristy Francis Dog Training serves northern Hennepin and western Anoka counties.

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Lady, primary inspiration

Lady, primary inspiration

about us

Kristy is a graduate from Jean Donaldson’s The Academy for Dog Trainers, known as the Harvard of dog training, where she has obtained a certificate in training and counseling. Kristy applies the training methods that she learned and practiced while in the rigorous 2-year program with her clients. These methods are science-based and proven time and time again by evidence to be effective. Kristy does not use painful corrections to train your dog. She does not use fear and intimidation either. Instead of using these barbaric methods, Kristy trains your dog by using motivation. Motivation is often times treats but it can also be fetch, play with another dog, walking through a doorway, anything that your dog wants at the moment. We pay your dog for working. When they do the work we want, they are actually learning and in turn they are getting paid to learn!

The methods that Kristy uses will not harm the relationship that you have with your dog. We want your dog to trust you and we don’t want anything to change that. Dogs need to learn how to live in a human world. We can teach them what you want from them in ways that won’t cause physical or emotional harm.

Kristy can work with you and your dog on basic manners, obedience training, behavior modification, fear, and puppy socialization.

about kRISTY

As long as I can remember I have been an animal lover, my favorite being dogs. After my childhood dog passed away when I was thirteen, my family was without a dog for about nine months. During that time, I was always asking my parents if we could get another dog and they were just not ready for one. Those nine months were lonely for me, I really missed having a dog. When they finally agreed that I could adopt a dog again I was over the moon with joy. We went to the Humane Society and adopted Lady, a one and a half year old German Shepherd / Husky mix. She was my dog, well actually I took her over from the family, she even moved out with me. Shortly after we adopted Lady, I wanted to train her. I knew nothing about dog training because my family never spent the money on it. I decided to train her on my own, I used treats to get her to sit and go into a downs. I really enjoyed that time that we spent together.

In adulthood my love for dogs didn’t change. I ended up running across a German Shepherd in need of a home, she had six newborn puppies as well. My husband and I decided to take them all in. We ended up keeping the mom because she was very fearful and already bonded with me. We also kept two puppies because we just couldn’t decide which one to keep. When the puppies were three months old, I ended up hiring a trainer to come to my house because one puppy was showing aggression towards us. That trainer changed my life. She encouraged me to apply for The Academy for Dog Trainers. Thankfully I was accepted and was able to graduate. I no longer daydream about working with dogs.

I currently have three dogs that live with me. My fourth dog lives with my parents. I teach an early puppy socialization class at my dogs’ vet clinic and I foster young puppies as well.  

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Daisy, Kristy's dog

Daisy, Kristy's dog

 

Our Services

Private training

Kristy will come to your home to work 1:1 with you and your dog. You will receive coaching and homework assignments.


day training

Kristy will come to your home to work with your dog. Once the training is completed, she will coach you on the training in order for you to know how to "drive"  your dog.


puppy socialization

The all-important puppy socialization. This is for puppies prior to 16 weeks of age. Puppies need to be exposed to as many possible things in a non-scary way during the sensitive period which ends between 12-16 weeks of age. Kristy will work with you and your puppy to maximize your puppy's experiences. The more positive experiences, the less scary the world will be for your dog as an adult.

 

Maui the puppy shopping

Maui the puppy shopping

 
 
 

Rates

Private Training

Initial Consultation: $125 - The initial consultation is 90 minutes. Kristy will come to your home to discuss what you would like and assess your dog. An action plan will be made after discussion and observation. 

Evelyn, Kristy's dog

Evelyn, Kristy's dog

Training by the Hour: $95 - You have the option of paying for each subsequent session individually.

4 Sessions: $360 - This package includes four-one hour sessions that include training and coaching.

6 Sessions: $515 - This package includes six-one hour sessions that include training and coaching.

10 Sessions: $835 - This package includes ten-one hour sessions that includes training and coaching.

* Packages include homework assignments, phone & email support, and a follow-up session.


Day training

Initial Consultation: $125 - The initial consultation is 90 minutes. Kristy will come to your home to discuss what you would like and assess your dog. An action plan will be made after discussion and observation. 

Dani, Kristy's dog, working on outdoor fears

Dani, Kristy's dog, working on outdoor fears

4 Sessions: $360 - This package includes three-one hour training sessions and one follow-up session.

6 Sessions: $515 - This package includes five-one hour training sessions and one follow-up session.

10 Sessions: $835 - This package includes eight-one hour training sessions and two follow-up sessions.

* Packages include homework assignments, phone, and email support.


Puppy socialization

Maui at a youth baseball game receiving treats

Maui at a youth baseball game receiving treats

 Training by the Hour: $85 - You have the option of paying for each session individually.

4 Sessions: $325 - This package includes four-one hour sessions.

6 Sessions: $450 - This package includes six-one hour sessions.

8 Sessions: $600 - This package includes eight-one hour sessions.

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"We worked with Kristy on our shy/fearful dog. She is a gift to dogs and humans alike. Not only does she have the knowledge, she has the ability to make the dog AND the humans feel at ease, which is essential for everyone's learning and success." Catie S.

 
 
 
 
Maya enjoying the outdoors

Maya enjoying the outdoors

 

Contact Us

Kristy Francis, CTC

kristy@kristyfrancisdogtraining.com

763-445-9642

 

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