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I am so grateful to have found Kristine! She is a wonderful dog trainer and has made my relationship with my dog so much more enjoyable. I can also tell that my dog is MUCH MUCH happier. My dog being 8 years old, I thought was too old to be trained, and had almost come to terms with the fact that I was not able to take my dog outside (aside from my front and backyard) because he would pull on the leash to the point where it hurt my hands, and he would freak out at the site of another dog or animal. I knew my dog was not getting enough exercise and mental stimulation but I did not know what to do about it because he was so difficult to manage. Thankfully Kristine assured me that no dog is too old to be trained, and fixed all of these problems. I can now walk my dog as he walks calmly next to me, he does not freak out when he sees other dogs, he comes to me when called, goes to his bed on command, and listens to what I say. It is amazing!
I have tried other dog trainers before, however, nothing worked well or really stuck. Kristine really train my dog based on the dog, and not just a one size fits all approach. She really took time to figure out "what makes my dog tick" and "how his brain works", and then trained him based on that. She also helped to train me based on my lifestyle and how I interact with my dog. She helped me with a training method that works for me and continuously checks in with me to see how things are going. The dog training does not stop once you take your dog home, as Kristine does multiple house visits and checks in. You can tell she really loves the dogs she trains and puts a lot of time, energy, and effort into her training. She goes above and beyond.
I am now able to have many more enjoyable times with dog! My husband is thrilled as well! My dog is like my child and I am so happy with his new and improved behavior. Thank you so much Kristine!!
- Michelle G.
Kristine Stortroen has changed our lives with our 9 month Golden Retriever puppy, Remy. Before we hired Kristine, life with Remy was typical of life with a 9 moth old puppy. There was frustration, anger over things he would do and stress in trying to manage him. He would chew everything in sight-shoes, rugs, and even the baseboard. He was difficult to walk and would pull us down the street choking himself the entire way, stopping at every bush. He would lunge at people and other dogs who walked by. He would wander off into the bushes where there have been known to be rattlesnakes. We realized when he started bolting out of the front door that we needed help with training our dog for his own safety and our peace of mind!
Kristine came highly recommended through our community Facebook group and lived up to all of the recommendations made. She is extremely passionate about training dogs and it shows. She took a tremendous amount of time getting to know us and Remy. She explained to us that her goal is to create a healthy and positive relationship between dog and human through the proper training and obedience of both dog and human. She approaches her training in a very positive way and we saw how much Remy enjoyed working with her. We did a "board and train" program. She would send regular video updates in which we could tell how happy he was to be "working" for her and could see the progress. We were amazed! After 4 weeks with Kristine, Remy came back to us a well trained and obedient dog. He no longer bolts out of the front door and instead sits and waits to be released. He walks on "heel" right beside us with no more tugging or pulling on the leash. He is able to walk past distractions (bush, dog, people) with a focus on us and not on the distraction. He is even able to sit and watch our cats eat their food without charging them and eating it for them. 8
I highly recommend Kristine to train your puppy or dog. Her methods are very effective and fostered a positive change in life with our dog. He came back to us so proud of what he had learned and accomplished and as a result life is so much more enjoyable with Remy. Kristine has truly changed our lives with Remy for the better and we look forward to a fulfilling life with him!
- Jenny B
The Real Deal...
Kristine is the real deal! She has worked our dogs into perfect shape and they are so good now! It's a huge relief to have well mannered dogs. The transformation with Kent has been eye opening and I have such a better relationship with him now. She also trained me, which I think was what is her secret..
Thanks Kristine for your hard work and dedication at training Kent into an awesome companion! Thank you for training me as well 😉 I was beginning to lose hope.
- Casey S.
The results of the training far exceeded our expectations
We have an 8 month old retriever who is a typical puppy with lots of energy and a mind of his own. While we adore our dog it was frustrating because he wouldn’t listen or obey very much so we wanted to get him trained with obedience training. We interviewed a number of trainers and chose Kristine Stortroen with Unleashed Potential K9 Orange County. Bottom line... she is an amazing trainer with proven methods and she has tremendous passion and heart for what she does. The results of the training far exceeded our expectations and we are absolutely thrilled with how well trained our dog is now. She trained and addressed every single obedience concern we had with our dog. Major concerns we had included darting out our front door and running down the street and playing “keep away.” Now he sits patiently with the front door open until he is asked to come outside. His leash manners are flawless. He walks right by our side and walks with him are so much fun! No more tugging, no more jumping on guests, no more counter suffering, no more unwanted jumping on furniture (unless he is invited). But the best part about it is our dog loves doing what he learned from Kristine. Other dog owners will watch you with envy as your dog listens to you and is well behaved. Kristine will love and care for your dog as if it is her own. She has a HUGE heart for dogs! Kristine has my highest recommendation and my utmost confidence in her training methods. I guarantee your dog will meet or exceed your expectations like ours has after training with Kristine!
- Phil B
HIGHLY Recommend Unleashed Potential K9 Orange County
Kristine is one of the BEST dog trainers around. Very caring, patient and passionate about her work.
Our baby is so well mannered and such a happy pup. I am very satisfied. I would highly recommend Unleashed Potential!!!
- Brittney B
Kristine did awesome getting 10 month old great Dane Monroe under control. wanted to teach her boundaries stop stealing food from table as you know is a problem with great Danes haha. i wanted to feel confident taking places she a big dog and now i do. soon i want her to be my road dog so she can go with me to work with me. Kristine and unleashed potential are awesome and couldn't ask for a better program for my Dane. if you want a professional use unleash potential
- Chris G
You won't be sorry...
Kristine will not only meet your needs but exceed your expectations. Great trainer who cares!! Contact her today and see for yourself.
Obedience and Behavior Modification
I believe obedience is the key to a well-balanced dog. Through obedience one can build a solid relationship with their dog that has mutual respect and relevance. Once you have a solid relationship with your dog, obedience can be leveraged to overcome behavior problems to reach a balanced state of mind for your dog.
How I deal with behavior problems is through obedience. I teach the dog some base obedience and then we proof it under distraction so it becomes manageable. Once it becomes manageable, meaning they can hold the obedience that is being asked for in the presence of their triggers (dogs, people, etc.), then we can further advance the dog to understand how interact with these triggers in a calm and proper manner. Then I teach you! The most important part.
The end goal for all dogs in my program is to be able to attend our group classes when they are ready. You can attend group classes for as long as you own your dog. In group class you can continue to improve your dog’s leash walking, social, and off leash skills in distracting environments.
Come When Called!
Having full recall of your dog in any situation allows you and your dog to experience pure freedom together without worry. It is, in my opinion, the most important command to teach your dog. If your desire is to have your dog with you as you enjoy your favorite outdoor activity then our recall training will allow that to happen.
Socialization is achieved through obedience and proper introductions. Once we achieve the required obedience through one of our programs and fix any reactivity or aggression issues, we use our group classes to socialize your dog. In group class you can continue to improve your dog’s leash walking, social, and off leash skills in distracting environments.
Congrats on your new puppy! Starting training at a young age is a great way to form a bond with your puppy. know In this class, you can start between 8 and 14 weeks and attend until your pup is 20 weeks of age. This class focuses on socialization, obedience, crate training, potty training, nipping/biting and typical issues you deal with while raising a puppy. Upon completion, you can credit the amount paid for this class towards our Ultimate Obedience or Board and Train programs within 30 days of completion.
I was just your average dog owner with your not so average dog. I was finally in the right place in my professional life to get the puppy of my dreams. Boy did he give me a run for my money. I spent hours of research on trying to find the “right” way to be a dog owner. Every article and book I read contradicted each other. I was confused and overloaded with information.
In a span of a year, I took my dog to 6 different trainers. Nothing was working and he was only getting worse. It was like everything he learned went out the window the moment we went outside. I spent a total of $6,000 in a year with different training styles that didn't work for the real world. I started to lose faith in myself and my dog. I finally came across Upk9 and started following each trainer. What I learned in a one hour lesson blew my mind and changed my life forever. I was able to finally walk my dog and more. My relationship with my dog changed from frustration to fun and the life I imagined us having became a reality. It hit me right then and there. Dog training was my life calling. To share my story and help those that were struggling as I was. To show you the right way to train your dog. A way that WORKS!
I took the leap and said goodbye to the corporate world and started my journey to becoming a dog trainer. A couple years later of putting in the hours and work, I applied to become a part of UPK9. The team that changed my life.
I have a fierce passion for training YOU and your dog in the real world. I am a dog and human trainer. I understand what it’s like to work long hours and want to be able to enjoy a happy and obedient dog when I got home. I’ve been there and lived through the frustration. This system works, trust me. I’ve tried them all. I look forward to changing you and your pups life and really unleashing YOU and your pups potential.