Meet the Team



Portraits by 9 Sparrow Lane Photography

Kathrine M. Christ, CTC

Owner & Head Trainer

Education: B.A. Psychology, Master of International Affairs

Experience: 13+ years including pet dog training, dog sports training, behavior modification for rescue dogs, and future service dog training

Professional Ed: Honors Graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers

Dogs: Ranger (Labrador), Stormy (Mini Ameri), Piper (Mini Aussie)

Titles: Canine Good Citizen, Novice Agility Certificate, Rally Novice, Beginner Novice

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Kathrine began teaching group and private dog training classes in 2003, and over the years has helped hundreds of dogs learn good manners. She supervised service dog puppy raisers for a nonprofit, served as the behavior and training manager of an animal rescue, and trained her Collie, Lady, to earn the Canine Good Citizen title, a Therapy Dog certification, and a Novice Agility Certificate.

Kathrine is a graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, a 2-year program considered the Harvard of dog training and run by world-class trainer Jean Donaldson.  Kathrine is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Because of her specialty in child-dog interactions, Kathrine went through a certification course to become a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, presenting the Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™ programs for Family Paws Parent Education. She is also a member of Doggone Safe, a charity dedicated to dog bite prevention.




Lindsay M. Bench

Director of Business Development 

Education: Associate of Arts

Experience: Professional doula (labor and birthing assistant), office and client management

Dogs: Jansen (Golden Retriever), Ginger (Chihuahua)

Superpowers: Managing business and community partner relationships; providing expertise for baby, toddler, and kids & dogs programs

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Every dog business needs a people person. Vancouver native Lindsay is ours. In her role of business development manager, Lindsay brings her expertise in Social Media, Client Relationships, and Community Engagement. Lindsay runs point for Hands Full Dog Training, spearheading marketing efforts and coordinating the staff. Contact Lindsay for partnering opportunities and to sign up for local workshops. When Lindsay isn’t spending harmonious evenings with her family and their retired therapy dog, you can find her knitting, singing with the Wichita Symphony Chorus, or enjoying Wichita’s vibrant coffee scene.



Vanessa M. Hajek, KPA-CTP


Education: B.S. Psychology, M.S. Experimental Psychology

Experience: 12+ years including competitive 4-H obedience, conformation training

Professional Ed: Graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy

Dogs: Paris (Brittany), B’Elanna (Treeing Walker Coonhound)


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Vanessa has trained, shown, and groomed dogs for years in both 4-H and AKC shows. She competed in advanced obedience, showmanship, and agility with a Cocker Spaniel/Beagle mix in 4-H and then stepped into the AKC conformation ring with her Beagle, Ch. Skyline’s Sunrise at Ba’ku “Geordi,” and the competitive obedience ring with her Brittany, Paris.  She has a lot of training experience, including helping various rural Nebraska 4-H dog programs and holding her own obedience classes.

Vanessa took a break from dog shows to focus on her education, and earned a B.S. in Psychology from Wayne State College in 2012, and an M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Emporia State University in 2016. Vanessa studied both increasing someone’s willingness to adopt a shelter dog and the science and research behind dog training during her time as a graduate student.

In 2016, Vanessa earned her Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) certification through the Karen Pryor Academy. She also plans to work toward earning her Associate Applied Animal Behaviorist certification (AAAB) from the Animal Behavior Society. Vanessa lives with Paris, a 9-year old Brittany, B’Elanna, a 1 year old Coonhound, and Neelix, a 6-year old cat.



Doreen K. Hardiman, ABCDT

Assistant Trainer

Professional Ed: Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer

Experience: 6 years including doggy daycare, obedience class instruction, puppy playgroup leadership, and private training

Specialties: Canine CPR & First Aid (Certified Pet Tech Instructor); Doggy Daycare

Dogs: Maya (Shiba Inu), Astro (Yorkie mix), Gabby (Rat Terrier)

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Doreen began her career with dogs working at her familys dog daycare where she learned the ins and outs of running a safe, clean and cage free daycare.   She managed 2 facilities that took in 60-100 dogs daily.  Doreen became certified to teach pet CPR/First Aid so that she could train all of the new employees. While managing the daycare, Doreen decided to enhance her career and became a certified dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College.

Doreen is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She utilizes positive, science-based training techniques for both dogs and people! She especially enjoys helping first time dog owners AND new puppy parents to better understand their dogs through mutual respect and teamwork.

Doreen is married and had the privilege of raising 2 amazing kids. She has a heart for child safety and also teaches the Dog Stars bite prevention program as a community action initiative. 



Allison Awan

Assistant Trainer

Experience: 2 years including doggy daycare, shelter behavior evaluations and behavior counseling

Specialties: Dog play & body language

Dogs: Brinley (Blue Heeler)

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Allison got her start with animals in 2014, when she began volunteering with the Kansas Humane Society (KHS) located in Wichita, Kansas. Through this experience, she gained invaluable knowledge relating to the care and welfare of domestic animals and began cultivating her skills training dogs on basic obedience cues and assisting under-socialized dogs with developing positive relationships with humans. The Humane Society offered her a paid position where Allison obtained her S.A.F.E.R. certification to assess aggression, temperament, and behavior in incoming dogs, cats, small mammals, and birds. Later on, Allison transferred and became an Adoption Counselor where her primary responsibility was pairing shelter animals with appropriate pet parents by working one-on-one with prospective adopters. Allison employed this knowledge at her next job in a doggie daycare.

In late 2015, Allison began working for Heartland Play N’ Stay. During her employment, she has continued to expand her knowledge of canine behavior and body language. Currently, she supervises and facilitates appropriate group play for 50+ dogs daily and provides care and enrichment for dogs and cats boarding at Heartland Play N’ Stay.

Allison has always been interested in positive dog training and has attended both the Puppy and Family Dog Manners classes offered by Hands Full Dog Training with her Australian Blue Heeler, Brinley. She is new to the competitive dog sport world but one day hopes to compete in Rally, Agility, Flyball or similar. Ultimately, Allison plans to use her varying experiences with animals to prepare for pursuing a career in Veterinary Technology.




Piper, CGC RN BN

Public Relations

Education: Puppy Manners Class, Intro to Agility, Canine Good Citizen

Experience: Occasional class assistant; staff writer

Dogs: What is this, doggy inception? I am a dog.

Superpowers: Staring people down, barking at neighbors, levitating to lick people’s noses, precision heeling, opening kennel doors

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Piper is the up-and-coming demo dog for Hands Full Dog Training classes. She is currently training for Rally and Obedience and won first place in all six of her obedience competitions to date. Friendly, clever and personable, she looks forward to many years as Kathrine’s sidekick.