Our Philosophy

Fresh Air Training helps you understand and communicate with your dog.

We accept that dogs do what works for them, not what works for us! We figure out how and why the bad behavior “pays off” for your dog. We then teach them to replace this behavior with an acceptable behavior that “pays off” better.

Fresh Air Training does not believe in using any form of aversive techniques—we use 100% positive training methods. Our methods keep everyone happy, safe and bonded!

The strength and depth of the relationship that develops between Fresh Air dogs and humans is really quite amazing!

About Wendy

Wendy van Kerkhove, CTC

After graduating with honors from SF-SPCA in 2000, Wendy founded Fresh Air Training to launch the first 100% positive method “Growl” program for reactive dogs in the Twin Cities.

Wendy’s writings have appeared in books, peer-reviewed journals, and the Star Tribune’s Pet Central. As a frequent speaker, she gives workshops for rescue groups, trainers, and the public. Through Raising Canine, she teaches webinars for trainers worldwide.

But most of all, Wendy is all about having FUN with your dog! She’ll make all the hard work seem easy!

Why Us?

  • Because we’re geeks. Always improving our skills by reading and attending seminars!
  • Because we love small dogs.
  • Because socialization is the best thing you can do for your dog.
  • Because we’re FUN!

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