Joyful Tails Dog Training and Boarding is owned and operated by Kerstin Lynn.
Kerstin's passion for working with canines started at a very young age. Over the years Kerstin has assisted a variety of animal rescue organizations, helping both purebred and mixed breed dogs. She and her family have fostered, trained and placed hundreds of dogs into loving homes. Kerstin believes there are no bad dogs and that all dogs can be taught.
Kerstin's love for dogs has steadily grown throughout her life. She was able to develop her training skills when she began to assist local rescue groups as a foster parent and trainer. She typically worked with the dogs that needed extra training to become suitable pets, gently reshaping unwanted behavior and establishing positive relationships with these creatures that others have discarded or abused.
Kerstin has helped many dogs and owners with common canine behavior problems by giving the dogs structure and guidance through positive reinforcement. She also served as the in-house trainer for a local rescue group. She continues to develop her training skills by learning new positive reinforcement and marker training techniques.
Kerstin's family has helped out in the socialization and desensitization of her furry clients as well. Her goal is to set her clients up not just for short-term success but also longer term, by giving them a toolbox of techniques and do's and don'ts. Ultimately Kerstin wants her clients to fall in love with their canines all over again.
"Kerstin, thank you so much for your help in changing the behavior of my dog. It always amazes me that you are so much like a really good doctor. You listen to the description of the behavior, diagnose the problem, and prescribe a remedy. Your practical, easy to implement training advice has had an amazing effect. Not only did it improve his behavior almost immediately, within two days the behavior disappeared. I have used the same method to address a couple of other areas where he was getting a little challenging, and he is back to his usual sweet self. He is once again attentive to me, and very respectful. Thank you for your advice, and for reminding me that training is not something you do, and then the dog is "fixed." Training is an ongoing process, and it is essential for me to be observant and consistent. I really appreciate your help!"
~ Mary S.