About Me

Caring, common sense dog training.

I have worked with dogs in various ways over the past 26 years:  veterinary technician, protection and security dog handling, obedience instruction, and as a behavior consultant. I have been teaching group obedience classes and offering private training sessions through Kindred Spirits for the last sixteen years.

I am an AKC CGC evaluator and a teacher of the Red Cross Emergency Pet First Aid course.

I am a past president of the national board of Love on a Leash, a therapy animal organization. I enjoy doing therapy visits at local nursing homes, first with Walter, and now with Qwill.

Kate, professional dog trainer, with her dogs Qwill & Walter

What students say:

“I called Kate regarding the problems we are having with our newly-acquired dog. She came to our house this evening and worked with us and Sheba. Kate is WONDERFUL! She gave us a chance to see Sheba and ourselves in a whole new light. Thank you!” -Joyce

“You have encouraged us and shown us what it means to not only like dogs, but enjoy living with them and having fun. THANK YOU!! Boy am I glad we found you!” -Jo

“Your ‘common sense, caring’ approach to training really is just that – and very effective indeed! All the best,” -Sharon

Professional dog trainer in North County San Diego, including Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, and San Marcos.