Christine Baker, the founder of Bright Mind Canine Services, is a dog-training, behavior-obsessed, animal lover, who has been pretending she could talk to animals since she was 3 years old. She’s spent her time since learning how to make her dream of living with animals a reality, and thankfully, her interspecies communication skills have improved considerably over the years - as have her regular communication skills!
Christine attended Clemson University, where she pursued Animal & Veterinary Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and is currently obtaining her Professional Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington. Her work and volunteer experience ranges from veterinary medicine, doggy daycares and pet boarding, animal rescue and welfare, shelter behavior and enrichment, emergency response deployment with the ASPCA FIR team, instructing Penn Vet Working Dog Center's Canine Handler Academy, to a variety other service industry positions. She has been fully immersed in animal behavior since moving to James Island in 2016 - particularly that of “problem” dogs.
Christine is a member of multiple professional organizations, a licensed AKC Evaluator, and KPA-PSR and PPG-PDA Instructor. She is certified in Red Cross Pet First Aid & Safety, The Dog Gurus "Knowing Dogs" Off-Leash Play & Safety, and has attended trainings with the Dogs Playing for Life Shelter Enrichment Program, and the ASPCA BRC Leaning Lab Partner Program, among other seminars, workshops, and conferences. She is committed to continuing education and improvement in the field of animal behavior. To this end, she was accepted into the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program, and is currently working toward acquiring her CPDT through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
In August 2019, Christine quit her day job in the behavior department of her local animal shelter and ventured into the world of small business, where she is trying her hand at improving the human-animal bond via a different path. She provides dog training, behavior modification, dog walking, and pet sitting for families and their pets around the Charleston, SC area.
To help gain experience (and hours!), Christine also moonlights as Training Coordinator for Wonder Dog University. She acts as administrative lead, while also helping clients as both a training assistant and an independent instructor. She teaches clients via private consults and group classes, covering topics ranging from puppy socialization to reactivity and aggression.
Christine’s free time is mainly spent enjoying the Lowcountry with her partner of the past decade and (you guessed it!) her two foster-fail dogs, Faith and Lydia - her greatest teachers and favorite learners!
For over 3 years, we have been serving the pets and families of our local area through animal shelters and rescues, doggie daycare and boarding, and group classes. We love learning and connecting with animals, and creating life-long relationships with their humans.
When you live a busy life, it is hard to consistently provide the attention and care that your pets can demand. With years of satisfied owners and loved pets, you can rely on us to help you care for your pets to the best of your ability.
We are always prepared to address families' needs, and ensure that your pet will receive quality coaching and kindness. Their happiness and education are our priorities, and we strive to provide a service we would want our own pets to receive.
We're here for your dog training, behavior modification, dog walking, and pet sitting needs! Interested in staff training? Lunch-and-learns? Educational seminars? Drop us a line, today!
Our General Liability Coverage through Business Insurers of the Carolinas was specifically designed for APDT members, to include the broadest Care, Custody or Control coverage for the pets and property in our care - whether at a client's home, in transit, or at our location. This policy was designed to take the worry and the hassle out of finding a safe option for your pets.
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We all know those times when you're just too busy to make it home over lunch. Does your dog need walks or attention during your extra-long work-days? Are your cats independent felines, but still need someone checking in on them periodically while you're gone? Then Drop-Ins are made just for you!
30 minute or 1 hour options, which can include as little as a potty break, or as much as meals, medication, walks, exercise, enrichment, play, etc. Visits can be catered to your dogs' needs, so they receive enough attention to keep things feeling relatively normal while you are gone.
A stand-alone service, or a supplement to daytime visits (again, with 30 minutes or 1 hour options), during which the trainer can provide the dog with extra practice and mental stimulation while you are gone. Tasks can be specifically requested, or catered around normal daily living with a dog! Includes recap training with the owner in the final training session, to transfer over the skills your pup learned while you were out. Additional charges may apply if travel time is greater than 10 miles.
Planning a trip, and considering boarding your pets? Amid stressful changes, many pets are much happier at home! This is particularly true for pets that are older, or dealing with medical or behavioral issues. Staying at your home while you are gone, so your pets can too, is a service we are happy to provide!
The trainer spends a guaranteed 12 hour window overnight sitting your pet(s). This includes morning and evening potty breaks, exercise, enrichment, meals, and medication (if required).
An expanded alternative to the overnight stays, where the trainer is still immersed in the care of your pet for a minimum of half of the day/night, but with the additional elements of training your pets as they would their my own throughout the stay. This is a good option for pets with multiple, ongoing behavior projects, and/or mild isolation distress. A transfer appointment is included for the owner upon return, to learn what skills we worked on during your trip.
For pets at a travel distance over 10 miles from James Island, SC, multiple pets, or pets with special needs (medical or behavioral), we also offer the option to sit the client's home full-time, with minimal necessary absences (ie. work appointments). Instead of leaving between scheduled drop-in times, the trainer will call your house "home base" while you are gone! That way your dogs even have company while the sitter does normal daily tasks, such as homework and cooking.
Any of these elements can be combined in a manner to fit the client's needs! Just let us know how much or how little you are looking for in terms of care and training, including the hours/frequency with which you'd like the sitter to be present, and we formulate a plan for you!
We want to swap great discounts on our most popular services FOR your choke, prong or shock collars or any other qualifying pet gear. By participating in “Project tRade” you can earn up to 15% off our most popular services simply by giving us old pet gear* you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier!
Project tRade is the Pet Professional Guild's (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear.
Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.
Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland thatsits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”
Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”
According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”
PPG thus encourages all pet owners and pet professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based, training techniques and tools, especially the latest generation of no-pull harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars and offer far more benefits. So swap your gear and help create a kinder world for you and your pet!
*qualifying pet gear = prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like.
Just choose which equipment you would like to include in your Trade Program, and then send us an email or website message below to get started saving!
i.e. Invisible Fence, etc.
All savings above apply only to packages and programs purchased through bright mind canine services. all services purchased through wonder dog university are subject to independent pricing, and are not available for discount at this time.