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About the Trainer

Kate LaSala, CTC, CBCC-KA, PCBC-A

As a professional dog trainer and certified behavior consultant specializing in fear and aggression, I’ve helped over 1700 dogs overcome issues their guardians thought were impossible – fear of strangers, resource guarding, growling at toddlers and more. With nearly 5,000 hours of hands-on training fearful dogs, I have the relevant experience to rescue you and help you enjoy your dog again.  I’m veterinarian- recommended and maintain relationships with several Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorists, working in tandem to help clients achieve their goals.  As a former shelter trainer, I partner with rescues and shelters to help adopted and foster dogs succeed. As a Family Dog Private Trainer and licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, I’m uniquely qualified to help families with babies or kids.

And since dog training is an unregulated industry, I am also deeply committed to continuing education and transparency.  I’ve advocated for legislation to regulate educational and training standards, to implement consumer protection laws and partnered with local chapters of the HSUS to speak at town council meetings to shutter puppy mill stores in the NYC area.

So whether you need help with a growly, bitey, fraidy dog, or are preparing for life with a new baby or your new dog just needs some manners, I can help and we can work together to improve your and your dog’s quality of life.

Professional Certifications & Memberships

Certificate in Training and Counseling, CTC with Honors – The Academy for Dog Trainers

CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed) – Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

PCBC-A (Professional Canine Behavior Consultant) – Pet Professional Accreditation Board

Family Paws Parent Educator

The Family Dog Private Trainer

Bright and Beautiful Certified Therapy Dog Evaluator

Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Full Member

Fear Free Elite Certified Professional

Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Referral Trainer for Dogtopia Stamford CT

Years in The Business

Happy Clients

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Certifications/Affiliations

I Specialize In

Fear & Aggression

Growling, lunging, biting, avoiding, resource guarding, fear of strangers, being touched, toddlers/kids, sounds or going outside.

Families with Kids & Dogs

Inclusive training for families with kids and new dogs to keep everyone safe and happy.

Pre-baby / Toddler Prep

Specialized training for expectant parents to prepare your dog for life with a baby or toddler.

My Story

Every once in a while, a dog enters your life and changes everything.

-Unknown

I’ve been an animal advocate for over three decades. I became vegetarian as a teen and have championed animal welfare, as a rescuer, transporter, shelter worker, foster, volunteer and trainer. But life changed forever when BooBoo arrived. 

My husband and I arrived to meet her transport van from Kentucky, excited to meet our new girl. The driver took her out and she escaped into the thick woods. For 9 days we searched, doubting we’d ever catch her alive.  But we did!  But once home, it was clear BooBoo was a fearful dog. She hadn’t been abused but also hadn’t been socialized and I needed to learn more about training fearful dogs. This wasn’t my first experience with a scared dog – our previous dog was aggressive and had bitten 7 people, including me, in the face.  But back then I didn’t know how to help him and everything I tried, just made him worse.  I owed it to BooBoo to do better.

I earned a scholarship to The Academy for Dog Trainers, the “Harvard” of dog training, graduating with honors and devoted to positive-reinforcement, science-based, kind training. My passion for fearful and aggressive dogs deepened and I committed to focus my practice on helping these misunderstood dogs and the people that love them. I empathize with clients who are struggling with the hopelessness, anger, fear, anxiety, frustration and heartbreak that I once had.

BooBoo is no longer a fearful dog.  She’s an AKC Good Citizen, a certified therapy dog and alongside Barbo, helped us foster over 50 dogs.  She’s my helper dog for training and she changed the trajectory of my life. On tough days, I look at her and remember our lives could have ended very differently and that compassion, understanding and kindness always overcome adversity.  And I strive to live by that as I help dogs and their people.