Christina Oâ€™Brien teaches both the â€œMental Fun & Games For Your Dogâ€ and â€œHow To Help Your Barking/Lunging Dogâ€ classes. Why, you might ask? Two border collies, who need both mental and physical exercise, and one of whom is a difficult dog. Chris is neither a dog trainer nor an animal behaviorist, but long experience has led her to many great local and online resources that help in both situations. Her background is in environmental education, teaching kindergartners through senior citizens, and wildlife rehabilitation. Now retired, she and her husband remain active volunteering, hiking, and improving wildlife habitat in their Boise back yard when not out with their dogs.
Chris has found it impossible to tire out border collies with physical exercise; the more she works them, the fitter they become, and the harder it is to wear them out. So she added mental exercise, and finds that it not only tires them out, it strengthens her bond with them, keeps their brain cells firing, builds confidence, and is just plain fun.
Her dearly departed border collie Habi led her on an in-depth journey through behavioral modification and management techniques as Habi grew from a barking/lunging nightmare to a go-almost-anywhere/do-almost-