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Trainer Bio:  Wendy S. Katz

 KPA CTP #63199, CPDT-KA

For as long as I can remember, I have loved all animals.  I have been training my own dogs since the age of ten, and have been committed to using force free methods since 1998.  I take great pleasure in sharing with my clients the thrill of achieving harmonious partnership with dogs and other creatures through positive reinforcement training – seeing a hyperactive puppy choose to take a nap after a training session, or a formerly barky-lungey dog able to walk calmly past other dogs.


I began teaching dog training in 1999 as an apprentice, and started an independent training business in 2005. I have participated with my dogs in service projects and group activities with Dog Scouts of America, and enjoyed making nursing home visits with a certified therapy dog.  I have honed my training skills through workshops, webinars and conferences. I became a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP #63199) in 2013. As part of this experience, I added cat training to my repertoire.  I obtained my CPDT-KA certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2019. With a Ph.D. in biology, I am employed in biomedical research in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  I enjoy the synergy between my training in biological science and the science-based approach to pet training that I learned through Karen Pryor Academy and my continuing education.


Learn more about why I train the way I do on the Training Style page. 


What do the letters mean?

  • KPA CTP means I am a Certified Training Partner with Karen Pryor Academy.  Anyone certified by KPA graduated with an "A" (90% or higher) score in each of three examinations: general knowledge of training and behavior, a practical exam in teaching ability and group class management, and a practical demonstration of training ability with our own dog.

  • CPDT-KA means Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed. It requires passing an examination administered by the Council for Certification of Professional Dog Trainers to assess knowledge of dog behavior, training principles and class management.  The CCPDT is an independent accrediting organization not linked to any school or training business.

  • These certifications require the adherence to a unified code of conduct and code of ethics, and a commitment to continuing education.  You can learn more about the Joint Standards of Practice here:

Continuing Education


Course:        Separation Anxiety - Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT

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

Conference: ClickerExpo Live Online

                     The Lemonade Conference

Webinars:     Fear Free Nail Care - Fear Free Pets CEU

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


Course:          Living and Learning with Animals - Susan Friedman Ph.D.
Workshop:     Enrichment, 5-Day Workshop - Allie Bender CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA; Emily Strong CDBC, CPDT-KA,


Webinars:      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

Conference:  Aggression in Dogs Conference

                      The Lemonade Conference - IAABC and FDSA


Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed;                        

                       Certified Fear Free Professional

Conference:   Clicker Expo 3-day conference - Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Course:          Aggression in Dogs Master Course - Michael Shikashio CDBC

Webinars:      "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


Course:       Concept Training - Ken Ramirez

Workshops: 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

Webinars:    Exploring Canine Attachment Behavior - Lauren Thielke MS 

                    Advances in TAGTeach - Theresa McKeon       


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

Webinars: 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


Course:         How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z - Mike Shikasio CDBC

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

Webinars:     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


Conferences: Clicker Expo - 3-day conference I

                       AABC 2-day National Conference

Webinars:       Consulting and Teaching Skills - Ken Ramirez

                       Managing Dogs in a Group Setting - Kathy Sdao ACAAB

                       The Biology of Socialization - Jessica Hekman DVM, PhD


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


Certification:  Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

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
Aggression in Dogs Certificate of Completion
Association of Professional Dog Trainers - APDT
Pet Professional Guild
Cal Berkeley
MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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