dog behavior - dog psychology - dog training

Nadja Kalinowski with her dog Lefi

My career as a professional dog psychologist started in 2013. At the time my male dog Milo was 3 years old and my female dog Lefi 1 year. Both dogs are completely different and have challenged me in different areas.


Milo tends to be a loner and very self-confident in many situations. If he is barked at by other dogs on the leash, it does not interest him at all. As a terrier, he wants to be challenged and needs clear rules and structure.


His individual distance, which is the personal distance that he needs to have from strange dogs in order to feel comfortable, is very high. If this is not respected, it may be that he demands distance from the other dog which he will communicate. However, this also causes stress for him.


Over time I learned to understand Milo and his behavior. I can now relieve him of the stress that it is causing him and control the situations for him. In addition, it is nice to see how his trust in me has grown more and more as a result.


Lefi was a hyperactive bundle of energy in her early years. She could not stay alone or walk relaxed on a leash. Her initial panic and fear of dogs didn't make going for walks any easier.


At that time we lived in the middle of Hamburg,Germany with constantly new attractions in front of the door. That was an additional challenge for the training. With a lot of patience and commitment, we were able to successfully work on her issues.


Despite her "construction sites", Lefi's lovely and sweet nature has already helped many children to overcome their fear of dogs. She teaches how to deal with dogs and imparts knowledge in a playful way in kindergarten classrooms and schools.


Through my own experiences with my dogs, I know how my clients feel and how hard the road can be at times.

My dogs have taught me so much. I am grateful for the valuable lessons, especially on the topics of trust and leadership.


My dogs taught me the most. Thanks to them, I know what trust and leadership means. I would like to pass on these valuable lessons to my customers.


In 2017/2018, as a host family for assistance dogs, I took care and socialized a little poodle mix dog called Bella. Meanwhile Bella is on duty as a diabetes- allert- dog with a girl and I'm very proud of her.




- Permission according to § 11 No. 8 TSchG

- Studied animal psychology with a specialization in behavioral counseling

- 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019 close collaboration with Cesar Millan on the European tours

- 2018 Training the dogs of a royal family

- Completed numerous training courses

- Years of experience as a dog walker

In 2017 I completed the alternative practitioner for psychotherapy at the city of Hamburg and have been working as a coach ever since.


Continuing education through courses, literature and films is self-evident for me.

Permission according to § 11 No. 8 TSchG of the city of Hamburg exists.