Kristmatic K9 Training offers dog boarding and online training during the pandemic

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Kristmatic K9 Training, located in Fairview, has reopened and now offers boarding with a unique twist, as well as dog daycare.

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COVID-19 restrictions created new challenges for the kennel, but ended up having a positive impact on the business.

“You can purchase all different types of packages, from basic boarding, which includes two walks a day, to a fully trained dog when you pick it up,” said Kristi King, owner of Kristmatic K9 Training. and Kennels.

“We have a camp program for dogs, for example, this plank and this train. The dog does his own painting. When the dog comes home, the owner will have it.

The facility offers a variety of services including single boarding, service dog training, aggression rehabilitation, agility and obedience. People come from all over to train their dog at Kristmatic K9 Training and Kennels.

The kennel strives to make dogs as comfortable and stress-free as possible when raised at Kristmatic.

“Our goal is to give the dogs as warm of an experience as possible, so that when we arrive at the kennel, they aren’t stressed out and don’t want to be here,” King said.

Due to the pandemic, the facility had to move all training classes to an online format. This shift to online delivery has been well received.

“I was very lucky,” King said. “My clients are very loyal and almost all of them have been transferred to online classes. I give classes live via Facebook Messenger. With everyone at home, I have probably tripled my class registrations.

King also offers online training courses aimed at children. This class helps children learn how to train their dog while stuck at home.

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“It’s been positive for our business, with people at home and moving to online classes, more people are training,” King added.

New rules for in-person classes will be put in place to respect social distancing. All dogs and handlers must stay ten feet apart. There will also be hand sanitizer and wipes available at various locations.

King will be offering other workshops this year, including one in June with world-renowned dog trainer Vit Singh, who is an accomplished trainer in many disciplines of dog training.

“I wanted to give the public the opportunity to work with him because he is really fantastic.”

King is now working alongside the Alberta government to certify service dogs and eventually his facility will become a testing site.

All of the dogs King owns are rescue dogs that have been deemed too difficult to bring home. King adopted and rehabilitated them, and they now live with her permanently. She currently has ten dogs, with a puppy coming to her in June.

King also works as an animal enforcement officer for Fairview and has noticed an increase in calls lately, possibly due to people being home more.

With over twenty years of dog training experience and ten years of training in the Land of Peace, King is delighted to now offer home-from-home dog boarding in Fairview and surrounding areas.

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