Krystal Ellingson

Hi, I’m Krystal Ellingson and I want to share a little about my approach.

I truly value education and seek out knowledge from other trainers and nationally established dog training organizations.  Presently, I hold the following credentials and affiliations:

  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers – Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)
    The only independent and international psychometrically sound professional dog trainer assessment. This agency assesses knowledge of the science of dog training and has an experiential requirement as well as requiring certificants to actually demonstrate hands on dog training skills with absolute proficiency through several training exercises. This certification requires continuing education to maintain – guaranteeing current knowledge of the latest and most effective techniques.
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants – Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
    The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants is a multi divisional organization where members work with animals of all sorts. Krystal is a consultant of the dog division.
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers
    Professional Member
    The Association of Pet Dog Trainers is a professional organization of dog trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. Professional membership is only available to members who have earned their certification(s) from an approved organization recognized by the APDT Board of Directors.
    C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator
    This program promotes training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. C.L.A.S.S. stands for Canine Life and Social Skills and is about teaching and appreciating real life, practical skills, such as walking nicely on a leash, settling down, meeting strangers, table manners, attention, and coming when called, just to name a few.
  • Service Animal Registry of America – Service Animal Trainer
    Service Animal Registry of America is the original service animal registry. Krystal is listed with this organization as an Independent Service Animal Trainer and trains service dogs for many different tasks.
  • Animal Behavior College –  Mentor Trainer/Field Professor
     Animal Behavior College requires all of its students to go through an externship with one of their Mentor Trainers before being able to graduate. As contracted by ABC it is Krystal’s job as a Mentor Trainer to make sure the students apprenticing under her can effectively apply theory to real world situations.
  • American Kennel Club
    S.T.A.R Puppy Evaluator
    This is a program put forth to start puppies off, in their homes, for success. Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility – don’t think your puppy will be the only one evaluated here
    Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
    This program encourages responsible dog ownership. Dogs who pass this 10 item test are recognized as good citizens in public as well as at home.
  • Love on a Leash – Therapy Dog Evaluator
    The Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy also known as Love on a Leash is a not for profit, charitable organization that encourages volunteerism. Dog assisted therapy is not only something Krystal evaluates for, it is something she participates in. Both of her dogs are certified Therapy Dogs through LOAL. (Shasta even has an advanced degree (ThD) involving children’s reading programs.)
  • Delta Society, Pet Partners – Therapy Dog Handler
    Delta society is another therapy dog organization. Krystal and her older dog Shasta are a registered therapy team through Delta society.
  • CATCH, Canine Trainers Academy Official Mentor Trainer
    Canine Trainers Academy requires their students to work closely with a Mentor Trainer. As a Mentor Trainer it is our job to be sure the student is educated on proper training techniques and to be sure they are able to perform training duties fluently. Mentor Trainers also help instruct on dog related behavior solutions to prepare the dog trainer in training for their career in the field.

In addition to Speak Dog Krystal continues to hone her skills. Within another organization, there are many opportunities for specialized training.  She is certified by this organization in the following:

  • Pet Nutrition Certification
    Being certified in pet nutrition Krystal is highly knowledgeable about ingredients and quality, the components of nutrition and how they are used and absorbed in the body of dogs (and cats).
  • Dog Trainer Institute (Dog Training Instructor Program or DTIP) – Mentor/Coach
    As a mentor/coach Krystal is certified to teach other dog trainers to train dogs. The Dog Training Instructor Program requires its own certification involving both workshop assessment and written assessment.
  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR
    This pet first aid training provides education on about what to do until you can get a dog to a veterinarian or vet technician. Educational topics included splinting, wound care, poisoning, and other common issues.