Kate training Mr. Barbo to sit “up nice”

Many people are unaware that dog training is an unregulated industry. Currently in the US, there are no legal or educational requirements in dog training.  Any method is allowed, including electric shock, and there’s no overseeing authority ensuring people who call themselves trainers actually have a working, scientific understanding of animal learning and behavior. There is no consumer protection and no recourse if someone who claims to be a trainer hurts or makes your dog’s problem worse. That’s why it is so important that while you’re searching for a trainer that you know who you will be entrusting your furry family member to. Ask questions like what will happen if my dog gets it wrong? What happens it they get it right? And if you’re not comfortable with the answers, keep searching.  We vow to be completely transparent with our answers and methods, as we have nothing to hide.

Rescued By Training is dedicated to helping clients have a beautiful and loving relationship with their dog, using only the most transparent and humane methods currently available. We will never hurt, coerce, scare or “dominate” your dog in any way.  We are 100% committed to science-based, force free training, which uses rewards (never fear or pain) to motivate and train your dog.  That’s only some of the reasons why we’re vet recommended!

In fact, we feel so strongly about using non-aversive techniques that we are Pet Professional Guild (PPG) partners for their Project tRade program.  If you’re currently using aversives (prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like) to train, please read more about Project tRade here.

We are “changing hearts and training minds!” to help you better communicate what you’d like your dog to do and not do, improving your relationship and bond with each other.

Want to read more about working with us?  Read our Client Testimonials!

Kate LaSala, CTC, CBCC-KA, PCBC-A            Nashville_2015-38

Kate’s passion for dogs and animals runs deep, along with her commitment to help people learn how to effectively and humanely train and help their dogs.  She is an honors graduate from The Academy for Dog Trainers, the “Harvard” of dog training and is one of only 288 Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) worldwide, a designation granted by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and only one of 12 Professional Canine Behavior Consultant-Accredited (PCBC-A), a designation from the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.  Under the mentorship of world renowned trainer and author, Jean Donaldson, she excelled in the program and graduated with honors.  She is a rescue advocate and has volunteered with several local rescues, fostering, training and volunteering in various capacities over the years and trained shelter dogs in a NYC shelter for several years.  Most recently, she partnered with Delhi the Street Dog Foundation to help provide training resources and assistance to their adopters and dogs!

Kate is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, a Bright and Beautiful therapy dog evaluator and a full member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the only organization representing pet industry professionals who are committed to results based, science based force-free training.  She a proud Elite Fear Free Professional and has a passion for helping fearful pups.  She is vet recommended and maintains relationships with several Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorists.  Additionally she is a Family Dog Private Trainer as well as a Family Paws Parent Educator, helping families prepare for lives with babies and dogs and train the whole family!  

Kate and her husband John share their home with two rescue dogs, Mr. Barbo and BooBoo and enjoy long hikes through the woods as a family.  Kate and BooBoo are an active Bright and Beautiful certified therapy dog team and make frequent therapy dog visits to various nursing and rehabilitation homes locally.  And BooBoo’s incredible rescue story was included in the 2019 book, Rescue Dogs: Where They Come From, Why They Act The Way They Do and How To Love Them Well.


Photo credits: Yeah, She Snaps! Photography