Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)



Katie attended Clearwater Christian College and earned her degree in biology with minors in both chemistry and Bible.

After ten years of working in customer service at a medical equipment provider/pharmacy, Katie decided to follow her passion for the care and training of animals by volunteering at the Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP). The volunteer program at HSP focuses on dog behavior, which encouraged Katie to continue her training from outside sources.  Katie continues her commitment to HSP and enjoys working with the dogs each week. She is part of the Red Core volunteer team, and is part of the mentoring team, which helps guide and assist new volunteers. 

Katie furthered her training through an extensive internship, enabling her to complete her examination through CCPDT, and become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT – KA). She is also a member of Pet Professional Guild and The Association of Pet Dog Trainers. 

Katie earned her Canine Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) certification through the NACSW or National Association of Canine Scent Work. This is a great dog sport to help build confidence and a fantastic way to have fun with your dog.

Each day Katie offers and enjoys training with dogs and implementing positive reinforcement techniques through private sessions in the Tampa Bay Area. Her philosophy is that each dog has something to teach us.


I recently adopted my dog Josie from a local shelter. She is a high energy and intelligent dog that had little social interaction. I quickly figured out that I required some training in order to have Josie be a happy dog. I wanted tools that would create peace and harmony in our relationship, a way of training that was kind and positive for both Josie and me. Katie was the prefect fit for accomplishing that. She brings kindness, knowledge, and a sense of humor to frustrating situations. I also appreciate that she kept our appointments and was on time for them. I think she is great and I feel confident referring friends to her.
— Erin (on behalf of her & her dog, Josie)

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