Christine Dahl

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B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1999


Seattle School of Canine Studies


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Biographical Note

Cristine Dahl is the owner and founder of the Seattle Dogworks Training & Education Studio on Capitol Hill (founded in 2003) and the author of the acclaimed book, Good Dog 101: Easy Lessons to Train Your Dog the Happy, Healthy Way. She holds a CTC from the San Francisco SPCA Academy as a distinguished graduate and has worked professionally with dogs for over 15 years.

Cristine’s resumé includes in-house behavior writer for Seattle Dog Magazine,'s pet expert, approved Dream Job Mentor for VocationVacations, and she has been featured in numerous publications including Sunset Magazine and Seattle Woman Magazine. She has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) for her work helping doctors better understand the circumstances affecting dog bites to children and she is an active participant in animal welfare efforts in the state of Washington. Cristine is a member of both the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), is an active mentor for Big Picture High School youth and regularly serves as a canine behavior expert for dog-related legal cases in Western Washington.

While maintaining her long-standing private training business, SeattleDogs, LLC, Cristine simultaneously founded and developed three public canine training & education schools: SoundPuppy, Seattle Dog Training, and Seattle Dogworks (current). In 2006, she founded Washington’s only licensed private/vocational school (code RCW 28C.10) specializing in the study of canine behavior, the Seattle School of Canine Studies. Because of her extensive experience in both traditional/military and positive/animal learning theory based training, Cristine is uniquely qualified to teach a vast landscape of contemporary methodologies.

A Seattle native, she shares her home with her blended human/canine family of all ages and sizes.

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Latest Publication Title

Good Dog 101: Easy Lessons to Train Your Dog the Happy, Healthy Way, Sasquatch Books, 2007

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Without hesitation, I wholly credit Evergreen with giving me the skills, education, and perspective necessary to achieve the things I have today.

While at TESC, I learned patience, understanding, appreciation of others, and how to present my ideas objectively and clearly. I felt that, though I had attended other universities and colleges before coming to Evergreen, Evergreen was the first institution demanding I own my knowledge and learn to use it effectively in my life mission; strengthening the human/canine bond through compassion and education.

Further, Evergreen's unique design taught me the skills required to forge my own way in my business ventures and remain agile over the years despite economic and trend fluctuations.

I, personally, am grateful to Evergreen and literally thousands of dogs and hundreds of their people have benefited from my experience there.