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The Gibsons Dogrunner recognized by the BC SPCA

June 17, 2024

Local dog training company The Gibsons Dogrunner has received BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation, a recognition awarded to dog training companies that are committed to higher animal welfare.

AnimalKind dog trainer Krisztina Harasztosi with dog Csikasz by the water
Krisztina Harasztosi with her dog Csikasz

Krisztina Harasztosi, owner and trainer at The Gibsons Dogrunner, started volunteering and working at the Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Center soon after moving to Canada from Hungary. Around the same time, Harasztosi established a dog-walking business specializing in private walks with dogs with special needs. During the pandemic, Harasztosi took the leap to dog training. Harasztosi says, “I transitioned from dog walking to full-time training and behaviour consultation, focusing on helping dogs most in need—those who are fearful, reactive, or aggressive.”

Harasztosi’s firm belief in serving her community through science-based knowledge led her to pursue education in dog training and obtain two board certifications from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). “Although I was exposed to aversive methods in Hungary, I have always believed in the sentience of animals and the effectiveness of positive reinforcement. This belief is supported by scientific evidence, which shows that punishment-based training is unnecessary and cruel and can lead to increased anxiety and fear in animals,” says Harasztosi.

Nicole Fenwick, manager, research, and standards for the BC SPCA, says, “Positive reinforcement training is evidence-based and proven to be effective and beneficial for both dogs and their guardians, promoting physical and emotional well-being and strengthening the special bond between them. It is a win for the AnimalKind program and the Sunshine Coast dog community to have Krisztina working with dogs in the region and helping spread the humane training message, especially since dog training is unregulated in B.C.”

Harasztosi looks forward to putting her new AnimalKind accreditation to good use to help her promote humane dog training within the Sunshine Coast dog community. Harasztosi says, “My recent accreditation with the BC SPCA’s AnimalKind program aligns perfectly with my commitment to aversive-free training and humane practices. By partnering with the BC SPCA, I aim to raise awareness about the benefits of aversive-free training and help guardians make informed, compassionate choices for their pets. Together, we can improve the lives of dogs and their owners through education and excellence in training.”

Learn more about The Gibsons Dogrunner and how they help dogs and guardians in the Sunshine Coast!

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