Kirsten and WolfCubFamily Dog Mediator®, trainer and photographer
Hi! My name is Kirsten Bowers. I am passionate about animals and have been ever since I spent my early years working with and training horses for gymkhana events. My first dog as an adult was a Belgian Shepherd Groenendael called WolfCub. Phoenix and Boo are my current dogs. Living with all of these dogs has enriched my life greatly. They have taught me so much along the way. I am a L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediator®. And strong believer in Suzanne Clothier’s Relationship Centered Training. Focusing on building positive relationships at both ends of the lead, and using a force free approach is very important to me. When not helping people and dogs, I love doing photography. All of the images on this website were taken by me, except for the portrait of WolfCub and I.
Certified Family Dog Mediator ( L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course), looking at all the LEGS (Learning, Environment, Genetics and Self) of your dog to help you build a mutually trusting relationship, in order to best meet everyone’s needs. My methods are force free, and focus on a LIMA approach which uses the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive strategy to achieve successful outcomes in care, learning, training or behaviour modification.
2005 – 2023
I regularly engage in professional development to ensure my skills remain at the forefront of the latest research with regards to understanding emotions and behaviour. And I have spent over 15 years helping dogs and people with anxiety and trauma. I attend many seminars and webinars on dog aggression, trauma and reactivity. I studied with Kim Brophy, Suzanne Clothier, Michael Shikashio, the Canine School of Science, Sarah Whitehead, Denise Fenzi, Grisha Stewart, Kathy Sdao, and numerous others.