Growing up on a farm in Gaston, Oregon, Kristin Tarnowski has been interested in training animals of different species from dogs to horses and even teams of oxen. Kristin follows these interests as she makes her way through life. When she decided on a college career, she had no doubt in her mind that attending Oregon State University (OSU) to study Animal Sciences was the way to go. After graduating from OSU, Kristin moved into a career with a family business, the Elizabeth Perry Montessori School, which led her to the decision to pursue a Masters in Education. She is now the upper elementary teacher at the Elizabeth Perry Montessori School.
Kristin began dog training in 2000, with Guide Dogs for the Blind where she was a leader, overseeing the training of a group of Guide Dog puppies and their handlers. This experience has given her countless hours consulting, training, and encouraging other dog handlers, as well as working individually with many dogs. She is the Founder and Director of Training for Dogs Assisting Diabetics Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, located in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Kristin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a member of other professional dog training organizations, including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
“I love to learn and push myself as hard as possible so I can always say I did my very best. When I experience new things, I try to be openminded which I feel gives me the best opportunity to excel at what I am doing. Training dogs is one of the best opportunities to experience new learning challenges where being openminded is critical. Working with Dogs Assisting Diabetics is a dream job for me as I am able to combine my passion of working with animals with my passion of working for people.”
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