Chris was raised in the Chicago suburb of Lemont where her family has owned a dog boarding kennel for the past 45 years. She grew up surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, farm birds and the occasional baby raccoon or fawn that needed to be raised. She has always been passionate about all animals, but dogs have always occupied a special place in her heart.
At the age of 19, Chris moved to Massachusetts for 4 years, where she learned how to groom dogs and also worked at a farm animal sanctuary, caring for a variety of animals including donkeys, horses, goats, mules, and of course, dogs. After moving back to Illinois, Chris began a career as an animal handler, providing various animals for print and film projects. This career, combined with her passion for dogs led her to earn her dog training certification from Animal Behavior College in 2006. While continuing to work as an animal handler, Chris also earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University. Chris began working for AnimalSense in September of 2012. With its focus on positive motivation, the close knit cast of trainers, and the emphasis on continued learning, AnimalSense is a perfect fit for her.
Chris and her family live in Chicago with their two dogs, cat, parakeets and iguana. She loves spending her free time with her family and her dogs, whether it’s practicing tricks, going for walks or just hanging out.