Ministik Hills Dog Training

Training for the Dog Living in Rural Communities

Instructor's Biography

Kris Rooney, B.Ed., CPDT-KA

Kris brings an educator’s point of view and many years of experience as a teacher and counsellor to her company, Ministik Hills Dog Training & Consulting. Recently retired, Kris was employed by Battle River School Division and teaching in Holden School, using her dogs, Angus and Spencer, as Activity Assistance Dogs in her classroom and in her role as counsellor.  Prior to that, Archie served in Holden School for several years, and is the golden dog featured on many Ministik Hills publications.

During the past thirteen years, Kris has worked as a dog trainer at Dogspaw, in Edmonton, and continues to be employed by the company as the Head Trainer. Classes taught include Basic Manners, Manners Refined & Therapy Dog Prep Class, Loose Leash Walking, Growl Dog Class, and Puppy Socialization Class. Kris has also worked extensively one-on-one with clients, evaluated and screened dogs for Growl Class, and has developed numerous behavior modification plans for dogs with issues, such as aggression and reactivity.  In 2010, Ministik Hills Dog Training & Consulting was launched, allowing for rural residents to access professional dog training services closer to their own communities.  

Kris is a professional member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers. In 2009, Kris earned her professional designation as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, from the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers, and maintains this designation through regular attendance at conferences, workshops and seminars. Kris is also certified in pet first aid, having completed the training with Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid in May 2017. 

The first recipient of the Alberta SPCA Teacher of the Year award in 1990, Kris has been a long time supporter of the Alberta SPCA and served on the Board of Directors from 2004 - 2012. She has a passion for spreading humane and character education, and information on dog safety in schools.

In 2016, Kris became involved with the evaluation and certification of therapy dogs for Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness and Learning (CAAWLS) and currently teaches a Therapy Dog preparation class at Dogspaw in addition to certifying CAAWLS therapy dogs.

Kris and her husband, Daryl, live on an acreage named Ministik Hills, in the Tofield, Alberta area, sharing the land with their furry family, which includes aging retrievers: Angus and Clancy; cats, Ruby and Gretchen; and a wide variety of native wildlife. Blake, a rottie x husky puppy from PAWS Rescue was added to the mix 2 years ago - starting out as a "disaster intervention" project, but ended up a permanent part of a very lively household. Most recently, we opened our home to Cooper - a very special Golden Retriever puppy from PAWS Rescue. The sweet little fellow was slated for euthanasia due to birth defects until the vet clinic contacted PAWS, concerned that he deserved a chance. From there he ended up with us, as a foster, where he makes us laugh every day. Of course, that wasn't quite enough to keep us busy, so Golden Retriever baby Quinn was also added. Two puppies? Double the work, fun and foolishness!