About Us

Christine Michaud


Certified Trainer

Christine has enjoyed living with dogs and cats most of her life, and got bitten by the training bug when she adopted a dog from a local rescue in 2009, which drove her to pursue an education in the science of animal learning and behavior modification. In 2014, she opened a private dog training and behavior consulting business in Fairfax, Virginia which she successfully ran until joining the Animal Behavior Wellness Center team in 2019.


Christine’s professional passions include working with families to teach appropriate interactions between kids and pets; early socialization programs for puppies and helping new puppy parents navigate the challenges of life with a puppy; working with dogs who are fearful and/or showing aggressive behaviors; helping dogs feel less stressed about going to the vet; and helping families experience the joy of learning alongside their dogs and puppies.  Most recently she has developed an interest in cat welfare and behavior and hopes to do more work with feline guardians to improve the life and welfare of cats at home and at the vet. Her philosophy is that training isn’t something we do to our dogs, but rather something we do with our dogs, in a mutually cooperative manner.

Christine is married and has 2 ‘kids’ in college. She also shares her home with her husky mix and a sweet Kitty.  In her free time she loves being outdoors and especially loves hiking in the mountains.


  • Bachelor's of Science Degree from University of South Florida

  • Certificate in Training and Counseling,  Academy for Dog Trainers, Distinguished Graduate, (CTC)

  • Pat Miller Certified Trainer, Peaceable Paws Academy, (PMCT)

  • Fear Free Certified Training Professional

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, CPDT-KA

  • Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

  • Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

  • Christine volunteers with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ Canine Ambassador and Handler Team for Growley II (aka, “Tank”). 

  • Works with Pets for Vets to train shelter dogs to be companions for veterans. 

Fairfax Location:

11230 Waples Mill Rd.

Suite 125A

Fairfax, VA 22030

T) 888-438-0788   

F) 703-783-8807

E) info@abwellnesscenter.com

Richmond Location:

New Location Coming Soon!

T) 888-438-0788   

F) 703-783-8807

E) richmond@abwellnesscenter.com

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