Kat began studying dog training in 2007 after adopting her dog LOLA, and encountering the many surprises that a new dog can bring. Kat is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, as well as a graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABCDT, 2011).
Kat is also recognized as a licensed educator with Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE, 2013) and has experience as Fear-Free certified veterinary support staff member.
In addition to dog training, Kat has also spent time volunteering with animal rescue, working in a dog daycare, and professionally dog walking and pet sitting in the Metro Detroit area.
Dogs thrive when experiencing life with people through positive interactions. What a dog perceives as rewarding is most likely to be repeated. Teaching our dogs desirable behaviors through the use of reward based techniques keeps learning fun and exciting and strengthens the relationship between humans and dogs. Clear communication, a better understanding of who our dogs are, and how their minds work is essential to having an enjoyable, loving and long lasting human-dog relationship.
KSDT practices humane, evidence-based dog training. You will not find techniques meant to frighten, intimidate, or cause physical pain to your dog. As a dedicated force-free professional, I do not endorse aversive equipment such as choke chains, prong collars, or remote e-collar use.
When you choose training with KSDT, you can be confident that you will be introduced to a science-based, positive, force-free approach to learning.