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My name is Brigitte Reisenhofer, I am 38 years old and live in the district of St. Pölten Land (Lower Austria).
After graduating from high school, I worked as an office worker for a few years.
I started my professional self-employment as a dog behavior consultant in autumn 2011.
From January 2014 to April 2019 I was also employed as a cynologist at the St. Pölten animal shelter.

In November 2004 I was able to fulfill my ardent wish to have my own dog and the then 8 month old Border Collie bitch Sukey moved in with me. Since then she has taught me a lot about the nature of dogs and I am very grateful to have had her by my side for around 16 years. Sukey was my soul dog, an absolute “Once in a lifetime dog”, who died at the old age of over 16.5 years due to old age.
From autumn 2009 Sukey shared the basket with the Bernese mountain dog Gina, who died in September 2012.
The Dalmatian male Loui has also been part of our family since October 2015. Loui was born in April 2013, is deaf and lived with us under animal welfare conditions before moving in. The dotted temperament bundle brings a lot of energy into our family.
In March 2017, Annie, the then approx. One year old mixed breed dog, captured my heart and has kept us busy ever since.


Even before I bought my first dog, I had been dealing with dog knowledge for years, spent a lot of time with a wide variety of dogs (dogs of friends and acquaintances, animal shelter dogs - was a volunteer walker) and then together with my dog ​​Sukey many lectures, seminars and Attended workshops and looked at different dog schools / trainers and their working methods.
Since I take my responsibility as a dog behavior consultant very seriously, continuous education in theory and practice is a matter of course for me. That is why I have three courses, each lasting several years, namely to become a certified dog trainer and certified behavioral consultant for dogs, to academically certified cynologist as well as theISPACS course, completed. You will find more information on the content of the training courses below.


.From winter 2009 to spring 2011 I have been training to certified dog trainer and certified behavioral advisor for dogs completed. The aim of this training is to acquire the theoretical, practical and cynological basics necessary to practice the profession, in order to be able to work as a competent dog behavior consultant with a modern approach to dogs, to train dogs with positive motivation and to deal with dogs with behavioral problems.

You can find information on the TEACHING CONTENT of the training to become a certified dog trainer and certified behavioral advisor for dogs here:
  • Ethology
  • Ethogram
  • Learning behavior - learning and storing, conditioning, shaping
  • Wolf and dog
  • The dog's language
  • Behavioral circles of the dog
  • First aid
  • Animal welfare law
  • Communication seminar / customer interview training
  • Nose work
  • Breed portraits
  • Presentation technology
  • Structure of a dog course
  • Behavioral disorders (normal behavior, behavioral disorders, behavior modification)
  • Alternative support methods for behavioral disorders (enriched environment, therapeutic lunging, floor work, Kiani)
  • aggression
  • Dog training basics
  • Dog courses
  • Nose work: mantrailing, odor identification, object identification, area search, ...
  • Enriched Environment, therapeutic lunging, floor work, Kiani
  • Further practical hours in various areas of the dog school: puppy course, young dog course, adult course, everyday training, nose work course, game courses, "problem dog" training, Lower Austria expertise regulation, ...
  • Solve behavior problems properly
  • "Good for a dog" - give praise and bake goodies
  • The old dog
  • nutrition
  • “The trick with the click” - clicker seminar
  • "Hot Pull" - leash-guilty
  • Anxiety and stress in the dog
  • Bach flower therapy for dogs
  • The aggressive dog
  • Color therapy
  • Massage workshop
  • Help my dog ​​chase anything that moves


From October 2010 to September 2012 I completed the course “Applied cynology". www.vetmeduni.ac.at/studium/unilehrgang/kynologie/

On September 10, 2012, the award ceremony for the "academically certified cynologist" instead of.
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Information on the TEACHING CONTENT of the training to become an academically certified cynologist can be found here:
  • Digestive system (Dr. Sabine Mai); The dog's diet (Dr. Stefanie Handl); Nutrition taking into account the special needs of the animals (Dr. Christine Iben); Eaten something bad (Dr. Sabine Mai)
  • (Dr. Sabine Mai) Anatomy and Physiology (lymph, spleen, thymus, blood, skin); Urinary organs; Endocrine organs; Breathing, heart, circulation; Nervous system
  • European Dog Museum (Anton Schoberwalter)
  • (Dr. S. Schäfer-Somi) Puberty and basics of the bitch's sexual cycle; Recognize menstrual cycle disorders and react correctly; Influencing the cycle and contraception; Practical about breeding; Conception and disorders; Pregnancy, childbirth and obstetrics; Neonates - Assessment and Care
  • Early history of dog ownership (Dr. Gerhard Forstenpointner)
  • Dog behavior (Mag. Gudrun Braun)
  • Basics of animal welfare law (DDr. Regina Binder)
  • Wolf Science Center (Dr. Kurt Kotrschal)
  • Clever Dog Lab (Dr. Zsófia Virányi)
  • Signal behavior of the dog (Dr. H. Bubna-Littitz)
  • (Dr. Michael Kreiner) Basic concepts of genetics; Basics of heredity and coat colors; Practical possibilities of biological diagnostics in dog breeding; Counterqual - torture breeding regulations
  • (Dr. Karin Möstl) Infection theory; General virology + bacteriology, epidemiology; Defense mechanisms / immunity; Virus / bacterial infections of the dog; Vaccination prophylaxis; hygiene
  • Parasites (Dr. Anja Joachim)
  • First aid (Dr. Michael Leschnik)
  • Behavioral problems in dogs with an organic background (Dr. Michael Leschnik)
  • (Sabine Mai) Organs of the musculoskeletal system, diseases of the musculoskeletal system
  • Hunting dogs (Uwe Heiss); Note: I distance myself clearly from Mr. Uwe Heiss' philosophy of dog training!
  • Puppy (Sheila Harper)
  • Training of the service dog - nose work (police - federal training center)
  • Learning behavior and learning methodology (Dr. Barbara Schöning)
  • Positive reinforcement (Dr. Esther Schalke)
  • Aggression in a social context (Dr. Barbara Schöning)
  • Fearful dogs: how to recognize, understand and help (Sheila Harper)
  • Character test (Dr. Esther Schalke)
  • Communication seminar (Rainer Schröder)
  • Trade, Taxes and Co (Mr. Wodon); PR and Marketing (Peter Puller); Association Act (Dr. Gerald Rak)
  • Herding work (Synve Lundgren)
  • Agility (Sabrina Hauser)
  • School dog (Elisabeth Mannsberger)
  • Dogs from animal welfare (Mag. Gudrun Braun)
  • Bite injuries (Dr. Hans Mosser)
  • Animal Hoarding (Dr. Hans Mosser)
  • Dog in practice and politics (Brigid Weinzinger)
  • Ethics (Marc Bekoff)
  • Behavioral characteristics of dogs, guard dogs (Miriam Cordt)
  • Stress, excessive and insufficient demands, analysis (Clarissa von Reinhardt)
  • Influences on the behavior of the dog (Dr. Udo Gansloßer)
  • Hereditary Hygiene (Dr. Irene Sommerfeld-Stur)


In the course of my work at the animal shelter, I took part in the course "ISPACS - International Shelter Program for Applied Canine Studies“(September 2014 - May 2017) by the internationally recognized dog behavior expert Sheila Harper (www.sheilaharper.co.uk).

Information on the TEACHING CONTENT of the ISPACS course can be found here:

The shelter has been working closely with the internationally recognized dog behavior expert Sheila Harper (www.sheilaharper.co.uk) for several years and started a 3-year course in 2011. In this first course, which had been running for 2 years when I started work at the animal shelter, I took part in the last 3 modules:

  • Placement process for animal shelter dogs (from arrival at the shelter to aftercare with the new family)
  • Case studies - working with shelter dogs
  • Young dogs

From September 2014 to May 2017 the course "ISPACS - International Shelter Program for Applied Canine Studies" (14 blocks of 3 days each, theory and practice) took place with Sheila Harper and Winny Boerman, which I successfully completed. Contents:

  • Body language
  • Life balance
  • Practical implementation of life balance - i.e. how a dog's life (in an animal shelter) can be balanced and stress can be recognized and reduced.
  • Life stages and needs of dogs
  • Linen handling
  • Enrichment - shaping the environment of the dog
  • Leash handling - developing or improving the dog's skills and problem-solving skills as well as the human-dog relationship
  • Develop or improve the dog's social skills
  • Pair and group formation of dogs (in the animal shelter)
  • Applied pair and group formation + practical analysis
  • Problem behavior and rehabilitation
  • Mediation process and aftercare in the new home
  • Skills that people need for handling dogs & integrating volunteer helpers in animal shelters


In addition to these three courses, each lasting several years, I regularly attend a wide variety of seminars and read numerous specialist books. You can find out more about this below.

Seminars / workshops outside of the three training courses
  • Sabine Neumann - Stress in Dogs
  • Sabine Neumann - How does my dog ​​think and learn? Learning behavior / learning theory
  • Dr. Petra Peer - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Animals
  • Sabine Neumann - Just play
  • Karin Müller - AnimalBalance Communication Concepts - Steg I Tierkommunikation
  • Clarissa v. Reinhardt - Alpha status, hierarchy, claim to leadership
  • Sabine Muschl - From puppy to guide dog
  • Elisabeth Berger - Communicate consciously with dogs
  • Bärbl Runggaldier - Driftball seminar
  • Trainer Day 2010: vaccination; Lower Austrian Expertise Ordinance; Animals help children;
  • Trainer Day 2011: Physiotherapy for puppies and young dogs; 3 weeks of chicken and 1 beef bone - is that B.A.R.F.en; Dog allergies; Special Animals Examination Requirements for the Human-Dog Team, Can Therapy Dogs Be Breed ?;
  • Trainer Day 2012: Synthetic vitamins until the synapses pop; Torture Breeding or Opportunity? The continental bulldog; Aromatherapy - Uses and Uses in Dogs; Condemned to active behavior - movement anomalies and abnormal behavior in dogs;
  • Trainer Day 2013: Hip Dysplasia; Canine aromatherapy; The shorthaired ChowChow; The Scandinavian Hound;
  • Trainer Day 2014: Christina Sondermann - fun in everyday dog ​​life & small games, big impact - play therapy for caring dogs
  • Trainer Day 2015: Dr. Ádám Miklósi - bond / separation between dog and human & emotions and personalities of the dog.
  • Several leash handling courses with Sheila Harper, Winny Boerman and the team from the “Dog Forum”
My book list
  • Do you hear me. About living together with a deaf dog and about its upbringing. Barry Eaton
  • Dog dancing. Nicole Weber
  • Border collie. Rolf C. Franck
  • Communicate better with the dog. Anne Kruger
  • Smart dog. Immanuel Birmelin
  • The wolf in dog's fur. Günther Block
  • Dogs are pack animals. Really happy only as a couple? Gudrun Beckmann
  • Clicker training. Birgit Laser
  • Puppies. Acquisition, education and care. Clarissa von Reinhardt
  • Conversations with dogs. Karin Mueller
  • Calming Signals Workbook. Clarissa v. Reinhardt
  • Train guide dogs for the blind. Tanja Kohl
  • The new way of dealing with animals. Linda Tellington-Jones and Sybil Taylor
  • Animals as therapeutic companions. Carola Otterstedt
  • The great Border Collie book. Alison Hornsby
  • Dogs help people. Allson Hornsby
  • Dogwatching. Desmond Morris
  • My dog ​​is healthy. Uwe Streitferdt
  • Tellington training for dogs. Linda Tellington-Jones
  • The world in his head. Dorothée Schneider
  • Why not lemons. Elke Essl
  • Encourage positively, educate gently. Karen Pryor
  • Calming signals. Turid Rugaas
  • Dogs taken seriously. Eberhard Trumler
  • The dog. Erik Zimen
  • The great cosmos of dog handlers. Eva-Maria Kramer
  • Separation anxiety in dogs. James O'Heare
  • Human training for dog trainers. Nicole Wilde
  • Do you feel me Elke Essl
  • Search for clues. Anne Lill Kvam
  • Help my dog ​​pulls. Turid Rugaas
  • The barking behavior of the dogs. Turid Rugaas
  • Dominance. Barry Eaton
  • Aggression behavior in dogs. Nice dogs also quarrel. Renate Jones
  • The dog's aggressive behavior. James O'Heare
  • The dominance theory in dogs. A scientific consideration. James O'Heare
  • Stress in dogs. Clarissa v. Reinhardt
  • The original Bach flower therapy for pets. Mechthild Scheffer
  • The dog's undesirable hunting behavior. Clarissa v. Reinhardt
  • Dog rich. Mirjam Cordt
  • Colorful stress. Elke Essl
  • Lassie, Rex & Co clear up. Pasquale Piturru and Eiko Weigand
  • From the compassion of animals. Polar bears in love, righteous wolves and grieving elephants. Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
  • With the ears of a dog. About Using Music and Sound to Improve Your Dog's Health and Behavior. Joshua Leeds & Susan Wagner
  • Flower essences for our dogs. Martina Albert and Michaela Feldhordt
  • It would rain bones from the sky. About deepening our relationship with dogs. Suzanne Clothier
  • Play behavior in dogs. Forms and types of games, communication and body language. Mechthild buyer
  • Fit for Life. What Puppies Really Need to Learn. Helen Zulch and Daniel Mills
  • If you want to think, you have to feel. With heart and mind to better deal with dogs. Elisabeth Beck
  • Menal training for dog athletes. Successful with the right attitude. Angelika Bodein
  • The emotional life of animals. A leading scientist studies joy, sorrow, and empathy in animals. Marc Bekoff
  • Heart brain dog. Expert opinions on modern dog training. Thomas Riepe
  • Research meets dog. New insights into social behavior, intellectual performance and ecology. Udo Gansloßer and Kate Kitchenham
  • Driftball training cards. The sport for every dog. Sabine Geisler and Pia Gröning
  • Behavioral biology for dog owners. The practical manual. Udo Gansloßer and Petra Krivy
  • He has to go through there! About catchphrases and sayings from the dog world. Thomas Riepe
  • Human-dog psychology. How humans and dogs live together and influence one another. Jörg Tschentscher
  • Healing hands for animals. Develop positive energies yourself. Rosina Sonnenschmidt
  • Dog psychology guide. Behavior problems and their therapy. Eva Heidenerger
  • Vegan dogs. Compassionate Nutrition. James O'Heare
  • Line aggression. Clarissa von Reinhardt
  • Vegetarian dog and cat nutrition. James Peden
  • The hyperactive dog. Maria Hense.
  • Nutritional advice in small animal practice. Dogs, cats, reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits. Natalie Dillitzer
  • Feeding the dog. Basics - feeding - dietetics. Jürgen Zentek and Helmut Meyer
  • Countless specialist articles in various dog magazines, online magazines, websites, blogs, etc.

In my work as a dog behavior consultant, it is very important to me to help people correct handling to teach with dogs and to help them be their faithful companion in theirs language, their Needs and Dog wishes right too understand. That dogs Treated with love and respect and to be understood in their individual personality and feelings is a matter close to my heart. I want a better one with people Raising awareness for dogsin order to achieve an understanding, conflict-free and stress-free coexistence.

I would be happy to support you in giving your dog a good one socialization and Getting used to to participate, advise you on the optimal handling and understanding Your dog and show you the possibilities of suitable employment Of your four-legged friend.

Working with worry dogs who exhibit undesirable behaviors is one detailed analysis of the problem and its root cause very important to one on it individual plan to create. I strive to find a good solution for everyone involved.

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I only rework latest cynological knowledge, animal welfare compliant, non-violent, With positive reinforcement and motivation, as ethically and empathic correct treatment. Respecting the dog as a sentient being with all its individual characteristics and needs are the cornerstones of my approach.
I strictly reject violence, dominance and alpha status methods, not least because a lack of understanding on the part of humans leads to insecurities and problems in dogs. Any form of oppression, degradation to command recipients who have to function or use of the dog for selfish motives, contradict my attitude and therefore find no place in my lessons.

Present to your dog security and affection, paired with the Understanding of his being and his Way of perceiving the world. This creating one safe environment and the resulting good bond, Framework conditions the orientation and security give, which must be embedded in a loving relationship and in responsible behavior, are the cornerstones of becoming one happy dogwho all Learn skills was allowed to be able to cope well with everyday life in your shared environment.

Dealing with dogs and working with their owners is my passion, I put a lot of commitment and heart and soul into this work and realize my dream job as a dog behavior consultant. I look forward to getting to know you and your dog (s).
All the best, yours

Brigitte Reisenhofer
Academically certified cynologist
Certified dog trainer and certified dog behavior consultant