Certifications: KPA-CTP, IAABC Supporting
Katie has been working with people and their pets since 2004.
- Began clicker training cats at the SPCA to help enrich the lives of frustrated/fearful cats awaiting adoption
- Entered the veterinary industry and observed veterinary behaviour consultations.
- 2009 began assisting in dog training classes.
- Attended seminars on fear/aggression in dogs conducted by leading trainers such as Nicole Wilde, Grisha Stewart, Pat Miller, and Kathy Sdao.
- Graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behaviour in July 2013, studying under Carolyn Clark.
- Worked as a trainer at When Hounds Fly in Toronto (2013-2016) teaching group classes (Puppy Socialization, Manners Classes, Canine Good Neighbour Exam Prep) and booking private lessons for fear/anxiety/aggression.
- Founded We Speak Woof in 2016 with the goals of teaching people to communicate with their pets, helping to resolve problem behaviour, and enhance the human-animal bond.
- Soft spot for Shar Peis: Sandy (Shar Pei mix pictured here) has been trained for the stage (appeared in a theatre show in front of an audience of over 200), agility for reactive dogs, and obtained a Novice Title in Canine Parkour.
As a science based dog trainer, it is important to keep up to date on the latest information allowing We Speak Woof to offer the best options for behaviour modification. Below is a partial list of seminars attended/courses taken.
- Melissa Chandler, "Parkour" through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, 2016
- Hannah Branigan, "Duration Without Frustration", 2016
- Dr. Susan Friedman, "Living & Learning with Animals: The Fundamental Principles and Procedures of Teaching and Learning", 8 week course, 2015
- Yvette Van Veen, "Reactive Dogs - The Science and Art of Set Ups and Use of Decoy Dogs to Achieve Success", 2015
- Nicole Skeehan, “Shaping for Shelter Dogs”, 2015
- ClickerExpo 3-Day Conference in Portland, OR. Speakers included Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Kathy Sdao, Hannah Branigan, Sarah Owings, Ken Ramirez, Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, 2015
- Professional Animal Behaviour Associates, “How to Reach Excellence in Dog Training”, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao 2014
- ClickerExpo 3-Day Conference in Norfolk, VA. Speakers included Kay Laurence, Michele Pouliot, Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Emma Parsons, Karen Pryor, Dr. Susan Friedman, 2014
- Julie Robitaille, “Touch Assisted Clicker Training”, 2013
- Nicole Wilde, “Fear, Separation Anxiety and Play”, 2013
- Sandra Rosano, “Tellington TTouch Workshop”, 2013
- Margaret Simek, "Introduction to Nosework Games" through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, 2013
- Grisha Stewart, “Behaviour Adjustment Training for Fear and Aggression”, 2012
- Professional Animal Behaviour Associates 2-Day Conference, “Exploring the Dog’s Mind”, Speakers included Pat Miller, Kathy Sdao, Alexandra Horowitz, 2011