Meet Your Trainer

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, having volunteered with several local rescues, fostering, training and volunteering in various capacities over the years.  She was also the staff trainer at a NYC shelter for several years.  Currently she works with Delhi the Street Dog Foundation to help provide training resources and assistance to their adopters and dogs as well as being a referral trainer for the SPCA of Westchester, and working with some of their adoptable 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!  See all of Kate’s credentials, certifications, affiliations and continuing education here.

Kate and her husband John share their home with two rescue dogs, Mr. Barbo and BooBoo and enjoy hikes and traveling with the dogs.  Kate and BooBoo are an active Bright and Beautiful certified therapy dog team and do therapy dog visits to nursing and rehabilitation homes locally.  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.


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