Kristin Castro: Principal Trainer, Behavior Counselor

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a woman is posing with her dog in the grass while engaging in puppy training.

Kristin Castro

Principal Trainer, Behavior Counselor

Kristin has had a lifelong love of animals and interest in behavior and cognitive processes. This interest originally led her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Master’s degree in counseling. During that time she fed her love of animals by working in the veterinary field where she gained experience for 12 years. She had always enjoyed the casual training of her dogs and in 2013 she acquired a difficult reactive Australian Cattle Dog named Ash, igniting her interest in canine behavior modification. Her goals were reached with dedication, consistency, and the help of seasoned trainers. In 2015, her passion for using her veterinary experience, education, and experience training guided her to a three month apprenticeship with Bonnie Brown Cali, where she continued to learn and practice training basic obedience and behavioral modification. She then became a full time trainer taking on private clients, conducting group classes, and offering board and train services. She is an advocate for continued learning and has attended courses and seminars by seasoned trainers and behavior specialists such as Michael Ellis, Ken Ramirez, Sue Sternberg, Julien Ryckenbusch, and Nelson Hodges. For Kristin, it is incredibly rewarding to assist dogs and their owners in overcoming personal limitations, building healthy relationships, and living happier lives together. In addition she is an AKC CGC evaluator and a professional member of the APDT. In her free time, Kristin enjoys taking her Australian Cattle Dogs, Ash and Rowan, hiking, training tricks and obedience, and participating in herding training.