Christi Bragg has been training dogs for over 20 years and has been the owner/trainer of The Yuppie Puppy K-9 Academy, a successful private dog training business, for the past 17 years. She has a broad range of experience in working with all types of dogs at many different levels of training and with all types of behavioral problems. Her varied background includes everything from puppy management/housebreaking to aggression. She has titled her own dogs in the past in the sport of Schutzhund, but has shifted her personal focus now to animal assisted therapy.
In 2007, she and her American Bulldog, BJ, won the prestigious "Crystal Bowl Award" from the San Jose Junior League for her volunteer work at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, where she and BJ, a Delta-certified team, visited kids in the oncology department. Today, Christi still volunteers at Stanford with her French Bulldog, Gertie.
Most of Christi's focus over the last 10 years has been on in-home private training where she can teach not only obedience, but also basic management skills that help integrate dogs or new puppies into day-to-day life at the house.
It is her belief that owning a dog should not be stressful but stress-reducing. Her core philosophy for a happy and harmonious relationship with your dog is that you must be the pack leader.
Most behavioral issues arise from a lack of leadership with no clear boundaries and rules. Dogs feel more secure and happy when they know what is expected of them. However, most people don't know how to properly communicate to their dog what they expect or want from them. Christi's guidance and knowledge of dog behavior teaches the humans to communicate in a way that their dog understands. Once you know how to speak your dog's language, training is much easier!
Christi believes that training sessions should be fun for the dog. Positive training sessions promote a strong bond and build a relationship of trust and respect. She also understands that, like people, no two dogs are alike so what works with one dog may not work with another. She uses a multitude of tools and methods to gain success with every dog.