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Client Testimonials

What My Clients Are Saying

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Krisztina has helped us immensely with our rescue dog. Not only training our dog, but teaching us the tools to continue working with our dog everyday. Krisztina reads dogs very well, and is very thorough with the course of training, to see positive results and a happy dog!

Kim Doyle, Mom of Willow

Black dog puppy portrait

We recently finished Krisztina's 8 week puppy training course, and it made ALL the difference! Krisztina was amazing with our pup, they bonded immediately, and she was patient with us, explained everything thoroughly. Her guidance, and gentle and playful way of approaching dog training, has became the foundation of our relationship with our pup. Cannot recommend her training high enough.

Benjamin Kousholt, Dad of Nora

 red chow in the forest

Krisztina has helped us take our Abby to the next level. We were letting things relax too much because Abby is chill and without major issues. With her advice, our recall is almost bullet proof and walks in our neighbourhood (rabbits!) are more enjoyable. And we learned how to reward her.

Krisztina not only loves dogs but has a science based background that enables her to read situations like no one I've come across. She is able to explain why behaviours are happening and why the specific training will work.

Highly recommend her ... even for people who just want to tweak a few things. The small improvements made a big difference to Abby and us,

Rose McClelland, Mom of Abby

yellow lab puppy

Rooney loves Krisztina. Whenever I play back her helpful videos he gets very excited. I am impressed with Krisztina's deep understanding of dog psychology and how she applies it to training. I highly recommend The Gibsons Dogrunner as a trainer. PS love Krisztina too!!

Sandra Cunningham, Mom of Rooney

french bulldog puppy

I learnt so much from Krisztina and found her instructions to be very clear and straightforward. She worked so well with my anxious doggie and you can tell she has such a love for animals. Such great value, I only wish I'd signed up for the lessons sooner!

Gwent Gerryts, Mom of Isla

mexican hairless dog in blue sweater

I have been working with Krisztina, Gibsons Dogrunner, for several months now. My Pup was presenting with some behaviour challenges including dog reactivity, stranger anxiety and aggression. I had already worked with other on-line, virtual and in-person trainers, but Krisztina’s assistance was by far the most helpful.

As a retired psychologist, I know how important a thorough behavioural assessment is to understanding and changing challenging behaviours and unhelpful habits and Krisztina was incredibly thorough in her efforts to understand the underlying cause,  triggers and functions of my dog’s problem behaviours. Her training approach based on her thorough assessment, extensive knowledge and experience , and Positive Reinforcement, achieved the results we were hoping for. My pup and I are much happier and  calmer companions.

It was/is a lot of work but Krisztina’s detailed instructions to homework practice, written and video,  her between session support by email and text,   her continuous problem solving and encouragement, and her willingness to incorporate my vet’s recommendations around medication,  have been crucial to improving my dog’s behaviour around strangers and other dogs, and generally helping him enjoy the world around him.

Glynis Mark, Mom of Basil

zephyr black dog

Krisztina is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about helping dog owners. She really wants your dog to succeed and will provide as much support as you need. Highly recommend.

Angela Dalziel, Mom of Zephyr

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We are so grateful we found Krisztina to help us with Jasper, our “almost 2 year old” golden retriever.  He is a pandemic dog that we adopted at 12 months of age.  We were struggling with his socialization and leash pulling.  She was quick to see his behavioral patterns, as well as ours!  This allowed my husband and I to be more in sync with our training.  She taught all 3 of us new skills to lessen his anxiety while out for a walk and strengthened his general skills of “sit”, “stay”, “heel”, and “walk".  

Her attention to detail is amazing.  She was available to us whenever we had questions throughout our 5 week training.  We were provided so much information (that we still refer to) and know that she is there for us if we have any further issues or seek additional training.  

I highly recommend Krisztina for assisting in modifying your dog’s behavior and helping you have a happier relationship with your pooch!  Her dog knowledge is the best we have ever encountered in the 30 years of having dogs.

Jacqui Waddingham, Mom of Jasper

rotweiler mix

I would highly recommend Krisztina. We adopted our dog from Mexico. When he first arrived he was anxious and after 5 weeks training he is a confident pup. Krisztina was able to identify the underlying causes of the anxious behaviour and was able to provide lots of resources to help including informative handouts and videos. She is extremely knowledgeable and was able to give us lots of help and advice. We look forward to working with her again in future and will be recommending her to all of our friends.

Jennifer Edwards, Mom of Don

irish wolfhound

Krisztina is a fantastic dog trainer! She is incredibly knowledgeable and knows how to work with every kind of dog. I know she specializes in reactive dogs, but she did an excellent job with helping my shy Merlin develop confidence when meeting new dogs! Although he is a giant Irish wolfhound, he is very gentle and passive -so it was wonderful to see him gain more confidence in himself. Krisztina has also been amazing with teaching a loose leash walk, as well as sit and stay. 

 I could not recommend Krisztina enough! 

Lucy McFallis, Mom of Merlin


We've been very much enjoying our training sessions with Krisztina that began prior to the arrival of our Whoodle puppy Ozzie. Ozzie has been amazingly responsive during the training sessions, we have found the training tips easy to follow, and Krisztina has followed a very logical approach to deal with each phase of Ozzie's development.

Teryl Mullock, Dad of Ozzie


Krisztina helped us to better understand the personality attributes of our 1 year old dog and helped us to identify the reasons for some of his behaviours. She taught us loose-leash walking and helped us in gaining confidence and consistency in basic skills and recall. We completed 10 sessions are still continuing to work on some behaviours with the skills and materials that Krisztina left with us. We will contact Krisztina again for future consultation.

Gillian Clark, Mom of Jet

german shepherd

I would definitely recommend The Gibsons Dogrunner for help with your dog. Krisztina takes the time to understand your dog and can tell you exactly what the underlying factors are and the solution to them. She helped us greatly with our excitable shepherd puppy and I'm sure she can help you too.

Michael MacLean, Dad of Eleanor

weathen terrier

My 4-year-old Wheaten Terrier, Jerry is not well trained as he was attacked by another dog before he was one year old.  He then also had issues with my other 2 dogs.   I needed help!  I was fortunate to be able to see The Gibsons Dogrunner’s trainer Krisztina.
The first ten sessions, Krisztina came to my house so that she could observe my other dogs, seeing where problems were occurring and getting a sense of our neighborhood. Immediately, Krisztina gave me tools, reading and training material to better control my reactive dog.  Throughout the training sessions, Krisztina carefully observed and really helped me understand how Jerry thinks and what triggers his behaviors.   I had anxiety issues thinking that my dog was aggressive, but Krisztina put my fears aside saying that Jerry is highly excited and that he can’t control his emotions.  Though I have succumbed to the fact that I cannot walk Jerry in a dog traffic area, Krisztina taught me “calming” training tips that I can at least walk him.  Many of my questions and concerns were answered in detail through emails and documentations.  Jerry really bonded with Krisztina and was incredibly responsive to her commands.  The only reason why I stopped training with her, is that I have to put in the work to train Jerry to my commands  I highly recommend her!

Ginny Blattler, Mom of Jerry

choclote lab in blue bandana

My husband and I hired Krisztina to help us with our young Labrador puppy who had some quirky personality and behavioral issues and I'm so glad we did! Krisztina was very enthusiastic and came armed and organized with simple training plans and a wealth of knowledge to help us address our particular concerns. She paid incredible attention to detail and never failed to go home and do extra research if she didn't have the answer right away. She went above and beyond by providing us with extra information and resources and ideas and wasn't afraid of trying different tactics if her original ideas didn't work. We are still working with her and plan to continue into the future! Would highly recommend!

Lisa Cramm, Mom of Spy

terrier mixes

Krisztina took the time to really understand our dogs behaviour. We learnt how to handle the dogs in situations that are stressful for them and we made a lot of good progress. We feel more confident to handle our dogs now that we know what to do. Thank you Krisztina! You have gone above and beyond helping us with our dogs

Tina Flux, Mom of Loki and Cosmo

mexican brown dog in crate

We can’t say enough about Krisztina. We met her soon after bringing our Mexican rescue home, when we realized we were not prepared to help him overcome his trauma and adjust to life with our family. Krisztina came in and was able to immediately identify his triggers, his fears, and how to motivate him. With her support we felt empowered to help our new dog adjust to his surroundings and condition him to the things that were stressful. She readily shared her wealth of knowledge and offered us immediate feedback on how the training was going. Krisztina’s passion for dogs is evident, and her analytical and straightforward approach to training was just what we needed. We are very grateful.

Clair Stephenson, Mom of Chapi

french bulldog

Wonderful session with @thegibsondogrunner, local dog behavior consultant and certified dog trainer. Super practical advice and lots of information.. recommend highly. :)
Just easy going, but practical advice. She makes so much sense.. and the reading material/homework—she’s so thorough.

Eve Petford, Mom of Charlie

puppy cute

Krisztina is a very knowledgeable and caring trainer. She took the time to really get to know my little Alfie, and provided me with a wealth of information. As a first time puppy owner she put me at ease, and I would definitely recommend her.

Rhona McInnes, Mom of Alfie

cat and dog

I would like to give a shout out to Krisztina as the best dog walker/ trainer on the Sunshine Coast.

She has worked with my rescue Izzy who was extremely leash reactive when she started working with him. She trained him and he is now a much better behaved dog. She is very knowledgeable about dog care and helped me find the only dog food my dog could eat with his allergies. Krisztina had also taken care of Izzy and my two cats on occasions when I was out of town and she is responsible, totally trustworthy, and a delightful person. She walks my dog twice a day during the work week, and he loves her. She also walks my cat outside with a harness.

I trust her completely and am so thankful to have her as my pet's trainer and walker. I recommend her 100%!

Abby Bermann, Mom of Izzy and Tom

dog on the beach

How blessed we are to have extra hands with our fur beast! A dog auntie is a precious relationship and our boy just adores the extra walks n beach time. He’s so much better for having you in his world. Hire this lady. She’s worth it!

Magdalena, Mom of Ogum

american pitbull terrier in grey sweater

Krisztina from the Gibsons Dog Runner is the only one we trust with our dog. He is a very strong boy who likes to run after squirrels and she handles him no problem. He is always so excited and happy to see her, and she sends us pictures from their adventures. wether you need some company for your pet a few times a week or a worry free vacation buddy Kristina is THE BEST! Honestly can't say enough good stuff about her...10/10 highly recommend!!!

Zoe Stratis, Mom of Wonka

white shepherd on the beach

Krisztina is so great with our dog who is older and can be a little bit difficult to walk by other dogs. She is reliable and responsible. Highly recommended!

Kathy Latham, Mom of Aurora

shapendo on the beach

Krisztina has been taking our Shadey out for walks and playtime weekly. She is highly professional, conscientious and it is obvious she truly cares for the health and welfare of our pet. She is very communicative and punctual as well as flexible and accommodating. She spends the time and energy with training our pet out on her walks. Thanks Krisztina for your support!We couldn’t be happier.

Sue Janda, Mom of Shadey

terrier on the beach

Krisztina has walked and cared for, our dog Bodi for well Over a year. I am very fortunate to have found this most beloved partner in dog care. Bodi absolutely loves walk time with her. Krisztina has stepped up in emergencies and been there for me time and again. We recommend her wholeheartedly!

Donna Johansen, Mom of Bodi

labradoodle dog sits

Krisztina Harasztosi has been walking our dog Marlo for eighteen months at least 3 days a week. I highly recommend Krisztina to anyone needing a reliable, rain or shine loving companion for your dog (s). 

Krisztina is attentive to our Marlo's needs, insecurities and likes. She will get to know your dog's personality while working on basic training. Your dog will fall madly in love with her in a short period of time. You will find him/she waiting for her with excitement and anticipation before long. She will be an advocate for your dog out in the world and look after him/her just like you would. Highly recommended!

Wolf and Dianne Mueller, Dad and Mom of Marlo

pug in bed

Krisztina is amazing with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Dogs seem to gravitate to her, and learn from her. She is very good at what she does, and you can count yourself lucky if she is training/walking your dog. I know I find myself very lucky as she takes care of my 15 year old pug from time to time.

Randy and Joanne Wolloschuck, Dad and Mom of Spike

pug on grass

Can count on her being there! I can trust her with my dog and he loves her! We feel comfortable with her coming into our home when we are gone.

Debra Frederiksen, Mom of Winston

black and white dog in the snow

Krisztina walked our dog Bird for 2 years . She formed a real connection with him and I felt comfortable and safe knowing he was in her care . 
She updated me with pictures from their adventures together, and was great about communicating. 
Highly recommend Krisztina, she is a real professional.

Jaylene Scheible, Mom of Bird

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Krisztina is amazing!  As owner of the Dog Runner, she gives loving care and attention to every dog on her watch.  My daughter’s dog Po, a cross between a border collie and a spaniel, used to wait at the door shortly before her walks, eagerly awaiting Krisztina’s arrival.  After an hour of play on the beach with her dog pals, Po would come home exhausted and happy, ready for a good snooze by the fireplace.  Often action shots of Po playing would be texted later, which I would share with my daughter while she was working.  Thank you Krisztina for brightening our day by taking such good care of Po!

Christine Brophy, 2nd Mom of Po

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Krisztina Harasztosi

Certified and Accredited Dog Trainer

Certified Behavior Consultant

Let's Speak Dog!

Using positive reinforcement and fear-free techniques, I can help empower you and your dog to address behavior issues and foster cooperation. Let’s create a harmonious bond with your canine companion.

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