I have several years of experience working with dogs from all walks of life. I live with my husband and dog Jedi in Vuosaari in Helsinki. Jedi is a mixed breed dog we adopted when he was almost a year old.
I make house calls throughout the Uusimaa region, as well as offer online consultations without geographical restrictions. My working languages are Finnish, Swedish, and English.
Each dog is an individual. For a training plan to be effective, it must be tailored to meet the physical and emotional needs of that individual dog. I also try to take the family’s situation into consideration, so that any possible changes are made on the terms of the entire family.
I teach the dog owners to use positive reinforcement and to work on dog’s terms. A large part of what I do is teaching the dog’s family to train their dog positively and effectively. I want to help you develop trust between you and your dog and help set up a framework where you will be able to build a better relationship together.
Experience and education
I received my basic training as a dog consultant at Borgå Folkakademi in 2015. It is a one-year full-time training program. In addition to specializing in dog training, I learned about the dog’s health, genetics, nutrition, history, and ethology.
After the dog consultant training, I have continued to study. I have participated in countless lectures, read literature on dogs and behavioral science, listened to top trainers’ and researchers’ podcasts and webinars.
Since my training I have helped dog owners with dog-related challenges. First more randomly, and later, on a regular basis. I have met many satisfied customers along the way. I have experience with the following types of behavior related challenges: reactivity/aggression, separation-related problems, fear, house-training, rescue dogs, re-homed dogs, puppy training and much more.
I constantly train with my own dog. I feel it is important to develop and maintain both our relationship and my own skills. I have also been able to train other animals and I want to continue to do so. Learning never ends and you always come across new things you want to learn more about.
- Dog Consultant 2015
- Kiva Käsittelijä – cooperative care 2022
- Solution-oriented work counselor 2012
- Social educator (YH) 2023
In Finland, animal trainers (eläintenkouluttajat) are also trained with methods that correspond to current science, i.e. positive reinforcement. The dog consultant and animal trainers are thus comparable, but the dog consultant education dives deeper into the explicit life of the dog, while the animal trainers learn on a more general level about animal training.
When considering what kind of trainer to hire, choose one of these. In Finland, there are also competent trainers who have also studied abroad. Make sure that the education is based on positive reinforcement, which is the method supported by scientific research.
I want to be a translator between humans and dogs. My goal is to help them understand each other. An ordinary dog owner may think that training and hiring a dog trainer is only for those who work with a particular sport or who want to find specific effects with the dog. I am of a different opinion.
You must be able to live for ten years with your dog, sometimes even longer. If the relationship and communication does not work, a trainer can find ways to repair the relationship. A trainer can also help create a good relationship from the beginning. The owner is given tools to anticipate future challenges and cope with them, while at the same time maintaining a good relationship with the dog. I want to enable a smooth and pleasant everyday life for both the dog and its family.