Chris Redenbach CDBC, CBCC-KA is a dog behavior consultant, trainer and breeder/competitor with her Bouviers des Flandres. She currently runs a business called The Balanced Dog in the Atlanta, GA area. She also serves as chair of the Dog Division for the IAABC. Chris started training dogs in 1971 with a personal protection German Shepherd from police dog bloodlines given to her by her parents to protect her in her college apartment. She worked with that dog’s police trainer to complete the training. It was her first introduction to working dogs and their practical training and she was hooked. A few years later she decided to breed and train working dogs at her new home in Brazil where she was mentored by talented trainers from Brazil, Argentina and South Africa. She chose the Bouvier des Flandres, a breed who at the time, had a wonderful reputation for being almost entirely free of genetic problems and having a very balanced temperament and wide variety of traditional tasks for a farm dog and protector. She has since that time in 1978, been an avid supporter of keeping working dogs capable of their ancestral tasks. Her Arion dogs boast the most titled herding Bouvier in history, a variety of titles in various protection sports, two FEMA certified search and rescue dogs, some therapy dogs, obedience titled dogs and beloved companions. Chris competes in French Ring Sport with her Bouviers.
Chris’ did her undergraduate work in linguistics and philosophy at Georgetown U. She later avidly studied classical ethology primarily on her own but with mentors like Erich Klinghammer PhD and guidance in cognitive ethology from Colin Allen PhD. Attendance at a workshop by Raymond Coppinger PhD in the early 1980’s opened Chris’ eyes to the variability of modal action patterns and their application in dog breeding. Chris taught an intro course in ethology and learning theory at Camden Country College’s Vet Tech program for several years until she moved away to start a business. She looks at behavior and training through an ethological lens using movement patterns and body language that are inherently meaningful to dogs and adapting training procedures to those that may be most easily understood by that breed of dog. She uses ethological concepts applied to the selection process for her Bouviers.
Chris teaches the following courses at E-Training for Dogs: Consulting Skills and Best Practices; Becoming a Canine Behavior Consultant-The Human in the Middle; and Practical Ethology