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Why choose certified dog trainer Wendy S. Katz?

KPA CTP #63199, CPDT-KA, CCUI, FDM, Certified Fear Free Professional

Overview

You can achieve harmonious, enjoyable life with your dogs.  Isn’t that what we dream of when we adopt a puppy or dog?

 

Having adopted most of my pets from shelters and rescue groups, I’ve experienced many of the problems and frustrations that my clients face.  I know how good it feels to see a frightened dog gain confidence and to see a reactive dog learn to walk peacefully past another dog instead of barking and lunging. 

 

I love helping my clients share that experience of success.  I get a special kick out of hearing clients report that neighbors and family commented on the improvement in their dog!

 

I’ve been training my own dogs since the age of ten and have been committed to using force free methods since 1998.  I began teaching dog training in 1999 as an apprentice and started my first independent training business in 2005.  I’ve participated with my dogs in service projects and group activities including nursing home visits with a certified therapy dog.

About Wendy's Credentials and Background

I became a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2013. I obtained my CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed) certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (an independent certifying body) in 2019, a Fear Free Professional certification in 2019 and a Control Unleashed Instructor certification in 2023. I've also obtained advanced training in puppy training and helping aggressive dogs.  I continue to hone my training skills by participating in workshops, webinars and conferences.

With a Ph.D. in biology, I've also worked for 40 years in biomedical research, most recently in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  I enjoy the synergy between my training in biological science and the evidence-based approach to pet training that I learned through Karen Pryor Academy and my continuing education.

"Your patience and calmness were so important to helping us realize we could all coexist as a family."

Jessica for Aubrey, Tugg and Barkleigh

I became a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2013. I obtained my CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed) certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (an independent certifying body) in 2019, a Fear Free Professional certification in 2019 and a Control Unleashed Instructor certification in 2023. I've also obtained advanced training in puppy training and helping aggressive dogs.  I continue to hone my training skills by participating in workshops, webinars and conferences.

With a Ph.D. in biology, I also worked for 40 years in biomedical research, most recently in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  I enjoy the synergy between my training in biological science and the evidence-based approach to pet training that I learned through Karen Pryor Academy and my continuing education.

Training Style

Cassie's Story - Why I train the way I do

We met through a card on the pet store bulletin board: “Free lab, needs big yard.”

 

When 9-month-old Cassie joined my life, her exuberant approach to life covered me with bruises.  We forged a deep bond through games of fetch and long hikes together.  I immediately started training her using the traditional methods I had learned as a child: pushing and guiding her into position.  Once I thought she knew what to do, failures to perform were enforced by jerks on her choke collar.

 

I was surprised by what happened and what failed to happen.  She did learn the basics of obedience, but it didn’t make her ballistic behaviors go away.  She still lunged and jumped, but in an anxious way.  What did go away was her joyfulness.  She started to look sad and worried much of the time.  Training wasn’t fun for either of us.

 

Then someone gave me a book about clicker training.  We took a break from “real” obedience and just learned some tricks together.  Cassie’s joy returned and in time we were able to re-learn heeling, stays and so much more.  She performed even a seemingly boring behavior such as “go to your mat” with gusto {see it in action) Training the old way, she refused to take an object from my hand.  Taught with the clicker, she would carry anything I gave her, and retrieve whatever I pointed to.  Her favorite game was “find the keys.”  She trained me to put my keys away as soon as I got home, because if I absent-mindedly set them down, she would fetch them! (see it in action)

 

I also found that reward based training is highly effective for breeds of dogs that previously were thought to be untrainable, and that cats excel at learning tasks and love it!  (see my cat Mira learning to get on her "stay-station without dawdling) 

A growing body of evidence shows that reward based training is more effective, better for your pet and better for your relationship compared to training that incorporates punishment.  In particular, it is the approach recommended by veterinary behaviorists for pets with behavior issues such as aggression, anxiety or fearfulness (see the position statement by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists).  My joy is to share this way of training that enables our pets for enjoyable partnership.

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Cassie, the lab mix who started my training journey

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Cassie carried a basket of candy in the Christmas parade

Inclusivity Statement

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I respect the unique selves, abilities and behavior styles of my clients and their dogs. I welcome guardians of every age, race, gender identity, ability, socioeconomic status and neurodiversity.  I strive to treat humans and dogs with respect and welcome feedback so I can learn to do better.

Continuing Education

2023

Certification

Course

Webinars

  • Control Unleashed Instructor

  • Family Dog Mediator

  • Resilience Rainbow Tour - Dr. Kathy Murphy, Bobbie Bhambree

  • Stress and the Social Brain - Dr. Kathy Murphy

  • Using Social Interaction as a Reinforcer: What the data tells us about when and how to use it - Dr. Erica Fuerbacher

2022

Course

Conference

 

 

Webinars

  • Neurobiology of Toxic Stress - Kristina Spaulding Ph.D.

  • ClickerExpo Live Online

  • Aggression in Dogs

  • Control Unleashed Conference 2022

  • Dogs with Big Feelings

  • Resilience in Dogs - Dr. E’Lise Christensen, Dr. Kathy Murphy, Bobbie Bhambree

  • Constructional Aggression Treatment - Lauren Novack, Kellie Snider MS

2021

Course

Workshop

 

Conference

Webinars

  • Separation Anxiety - Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT

  • Shelter Playgroup Alliance 2-day workshop on dog play interactions - Mara Velez MA, CPDT-KA

  • ClickerExpo Live Online

  • The Lemonade Conference

  • Fear Free Nail Care - Fear Free Pets CEU

  • Understanding Declaw Salvage Procedures - Nicole Martell-Moran DVM, MPH, DABVP      

2020

Course

Workshop

 

Conference

 

Webinars

  • Living and Learning with Animals - Susan Friedman Ph.D.

  • Enrichment, 5-Day Workshop - Allie Bender CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA; Emily Strong CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

  • Aggression in Dogs Conference

  • The Lemonade Conference - IAABC and FDSA

  • Deep Dive: Sensory Integration, Neville's Story - Kathy Murphy DVM, Ph.D., E'lise Christensen  DVM; Bobbie Bhambree CDBC, CPDT-KA

  • Introduction to Behavior Meds - Jennifer Summerfield DVM

  • Behavior Meds Part 2: Beyond the Basics - Jennifer Summerfield DVM

  • Incorporating Enrichment into a Behavior Modification Plan - Allie Bender CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

  • Recognizing Pain in Dogs - Debbie Gross Torraca DPT, MSPT, Board-Certified Clinical Orthopedic Specialist Emeritus

  • Adolescent Behavior and Development - Chris Pachel DVM, DACVB, CABC

  • Introduction to Pattern Games - Leslie McDevitt MLA, CDBC, CPDT

  • Leash Aggression - Jessica Wheatcraft CDBC CPDT-KA

  • Dog to Cat Aggression - Katenna Jones SCM, ACAAB, CCBC, CDBC, CPDT-KA

  • Using Enrichment to Treat Aggression - Emily Strong CDBC, SBA and Allie Bender CDBC, CPDT-

  • KA, SBA

2019

Certification

Conference

Course

Webinars

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed;                        

  • Certified Fear Free Professional

  • Clicker Expo 3-day conference - Karen Pryor Clicker Training

  • Aggression in Dogs Master Course - Michael Shikashio CDBC

  • "But my Dog is Not Food Motivated" - Kathy Sdao MA, ACAAB                       

  • Sound-sensitivity - Jessica Hekman DVM Ph.D., Deb Jones, Ph.D., Amy Cook Ph.D., Jennifer Summerfield DVM

2018

Course

Workshop

Webinars

  • Concept Training - Ken Ramirez

  • Shaping with PORTL - Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz Ph.D. and Mary Hunter MS

  •  Your PORTL to Stimulus Control - Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter

  • Exploring Canine Attachment Behavior - Lauren Thielke MS 

  • Advances in TAGTeach - Theresa McKeon       

2017

Course

Webinars

  • Cat Behavior Consulting - Katenna Jones MS, CDBC, CCBC, CPDT-KA

  • The Power of Choice - Irith Bloom CPDT-KSA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP

  • How to Organize a Kittengarten - Paula Garber

  • Trauma in animals - Patricia McConnell PhD

  • Psychological Trauma and PTSD in Dogs - Franklin D McMillan DVM

  • Cat Behavior & Cognition: Using science to increase cat welfare and strengthen the human-cat bond - Kristyn Vitale Shreve PhD

2016

Course

Conference

Webinars

  • How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z - Mike Shikasio CDBC

  • Clicker Expo 3-day Conference - Karen Pryor Clicker Training

  • Feline Destructive Scratching - Francine Miller ACDBC

  • Quality of Life for Cats and Dogs - Patricia McConnell PhD, Amy Marder VMD,CAAB and

  • \Stephen Zawitowski PhD

  • Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive Approaches - Jean Donaldson

  • Training for Health Care - Laura Monaco Torelli KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CPBC,

  • TAGteach Level 2 Complex Tools and Behavior Chains - Ken Ramirez

  • The Cat Behavior Continuum - Margaret Slater DVM, PhD

2015

Conference

 

Webinars

  • Clicker Expo - 3-day conference

  • IAABC 2-day National Conference

  • Consulting and Teaching Skills - Ken Ramirez

  • Managing Dogs in a Group Setting - Kathy Sdao ACAAB

  • The Biology of Socialization - Jessica Hekman DVM, PhD

2014

Course

 

Webinars

  • Course: Puppy Start Right for Instructors - Kenneth Martin DVM, DACVB and Debbie Martin CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)

  • Webinars: Improving behavior in the veterinary clinic - Melissa Spooner LVT, KPA CTP

  • Kitty Kindergarten: Creating the New Improved Cat with Early Socialization - Sophia Yin DVM

2013

Certification

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

What our clients are saying

"I can't thank you enough"

“Thank you so much for graciously helping ease our transition with bringing Aubrey home. Your patience and calmness were so important to helping us realize we can all coexist as a family. I think of you often when Tugg is doing well with Aubrey. She is already mobile at six months and you having helped us introduce the dogs to Aubrey at such a young age has made her mobility less stressful on him. “

 

Jessica for Tugg and Barkleigh

“Thank you for your amazing knowledge..."

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"... giving me the confidence to teach Potter to be a well behaved dog.“

 

Esther for Potter

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
Fear Free Certified Professional
IAABC International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants - Supporting
Puppy Start Right Preschool
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Aggression in Dogs Certificate of Completion
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Association of Professional Dog Trainers - APDT
Pet Professional Guild
Cal Berkeley
MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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