Jen S. & Judge, NYC
The shelter referred me to Kate after I had asked about my dog’s stranger danger fears. I contacted her and was very pleased with how much time she spent communicating with me about my concerns before I even made a decision to book one of her training sessions.
We did finally decide to book with a group session and we’re so glad we did. It was clear that our dog remembered Kate and was very fond of her from his time in the shelter; she had worked with him while he was there.
Our rescue dog has exhibited a lot less of the fear reactions and is definitely a lot more confident. We had a very positive experience and look forward to more follow up sessions in the future.
Allison and Jake S. & Rocco, NJ
My wife and I were searching for a Positive Reinforcement Dog trainer, which is more challenging than one would think as most trainers use some aversive techniques.
We were extremely happy to find Kate who met with our entire family of 5 including 3 children ages 4-12. Kate’s strategy was to help the entire family with the training and she really incorporated our kids into the training even providing them with fun homework.
Kate was also extremely accessible via text and email as we had a lot of questions and her excellent follow up was extremely useful and important to us.
We learned a great deal from Kate and everyone in the entire family enjoyed our time with her and greatly benefited from her advice and counsel.
We wholeheartedly recommend Kate.
Elizabeth P. & Moo, NJ
After adopting a stray, we knew we needed someone to help us work out some of his fear-based behaviors. I was so lucky that a friend recommended Kate!
Kate is impressively qualified and so kind. Moo loved her right away, and we saw her work her magic with him from the second she walked in the door! She always explains the motivation behind a dog’s troubled/troubling behaviors and is careful not to recommend anything that could worsen a dog’s anxiety.
By the time she leaves at the end of a session, we feel comfortable knowing what our next steps are in terms of training, and are a lot more at ease! Kate shows up extremely prepared and leaves us with really useful materials that clearly outline our new training plans, and she follows up with detailed session notes. She’s so professional and organized. I wish I’d known about her sooner — my last dog had issues with aggression, and I know Kate could have helped.
Kate is a really extraordinary resource, and has done a lot for us in terms of making sure our dog gets the happy, healthy life he deserves. I’d recommend her without reservation!
Ana G. & Henley, NYC
I cannot recommend Kate enough. She has been invaluable both in helping with behavioral issues with my previous dog, as well as consulting and advising with my new adoption. Kate has given me a better understanding of canine language and behavior, helping me become a more effective communicator with my dog. Kate has been extraordinary with both her time and resources, and I feel better equipped to be the guardian and teammate that my pup deserves!
Ana G. & Henley, NYC
Nicole L., Chicago
I live in the suburbs of Chicago and have never had the pleasure of working with Kate, but her Facebook page is at the top of my favorite trainer (or doggie life coach) pages. Her page is filled with so much knowledge and fantastic advice. The info-graphics are awesome and you can see the joy exuding from the dogs in her videos. The dogs all look like they’re having a blast working with her. She is exactly what you want in a dog trainer, only using positive reinforcement, science-based, force free and fear free techniques. I share many of her posts weekly on my page and in foster groups I belong to. I also recommend her page to every family who I help adopt a dog to. She serves as a perfect example of what to look for in a dog trainer if you don’t happen to live in NYC. And if you do live in NYC, you are lucky to have her! Also, her personal dogs are adorable!
Nicole L., Chicago
Tyson P. & Freddy, NYC
We sought out and found Kate to help us with our rescue dog that we adopted about a year ago. During our first year, we lucked out and experienced almost no behavior issues. But once he reached about the 2-year old mark, a few minor but concerning issues started cropping up with some regularity. After poking around Youtube videos for ideas, which were completely ineffective and in retrospect likely made some of the issues worse, we decided to seek professional help.
Given the nuanced nature of the issues (dog aggression, resource guarding, and humping – but only in very specific situations), I suspect Freddy presented a challenging assignment. Despite that, we are more than pleased with Kate’s help and the outcomes with our dog.
I attribute this success to a few key elements of Kate’s approach:
- The very thorough client in-take and background questionnaire
- The clearly written and described training handouts we received as homework
- The specific behavior modification examples of her pets and others that she described during our in-person session
- Her explanations of dog psychology and linking it to why certain approaches work and others don’t
- Her clear love of these animals and wanting both the animals and the humans to have an improved quality of life
Although our homework training required real commitment (in patience and time), we’ve seen an 80 to 90% improvement in Freddy’s problem areas, and a complete elimination of one problem behavior in particular. Freddy gives Kate 4 paws up!
Laura B. & Bonnie
Before I contacted Kate, I was feeling really down as I was beginning to think that my dog, Bonnie, would never be able to walk well on the leash. We trained Bonnie on a head halter and worked on basics like Watch Me to help redirect her on walks. Kate showed me we can do it and we did!
Carly, Grant M. & Rudy, NYC
We highly recommend Rescued by Training to all pet parents! When we brought home our fearful dog we quickly realized we all needed help… and in came Kate, to the rescue! Kate supported us in understanding Rudy’s fearfulness and developing our own skills to work on those fears and successfully and safely live in NYC with a stranger-danger dog. Kate’s expertise and willingness to share her knowledge and resources gave us a sense of security and confidence. Kate was by our side every step of the way, celebrating our progress and always available to give advice and tweak plans as needed. When we moved out of NYC, Kate remotely supported us in transitioning to a new environment. Rudy’s life is SO much better having Kate as her ally (as is ours!) and we enthusiastically recommend Kate to anyone with a dog – fearful or not!
Carly and Grant M. & Rudy, NYC
Joanne L. & Bert, NJ
Kate is always on point when I need guidance to help my feral guy Bert! Because of her approach in training, I’ve been able to win Bert’s trust more easily. He’s such a happy and smart boy! Thank you Kate for always being there for us!
Joanne L. & Bert, NJ
Dash K. & Chief, NYC
Kate has been wonderful and so helpful for us on our journey with our dog Chief, from day one! When Chief was surrendered to the shelter, he was completely shut down and terrified. Through Kate, I was able to sit with Chief and get to know him a little in the shelter, and able to bring him home.
We enrolled in Kate’s “Mind Your Manners” training course, which taught us to train Chief in a positive way built on trust. But even more so than that, Kate has gone above and beyond to help us not just train Chief but to get him to open up and become less fearful.
Since his adoption, she has been available to answer questions on how to address certain issues we were having with him, from stealing socks to being terrified of guests to walking the streets of New York. Through Kate’s sound and loving advice, Chief has come leaps and bounds from the shut-down dog he was in the shelter, and is enjoying life now!
Tess W. & Vera, NYC
After adopting our dog Vera, my partner and I realized that our precious puppy was having some fear based issues. On the month she turned one, she started to growl and snap at strangers who entered the house. After a terrible trainer experience (not all trainers are legitimate) and countless tears, my friend referred me to Kate. Kate was a breath of fresh air. She came to our house with a notebook full of information, helped us devise a training plan, left us with specific training techniques to deal with the issues at hand and helped us learn to read Vera’s body language and nonverbal cues. Not only did she give us the tools to train Vera but most importantly she gave us hope that if we kept up our training, things would get better. I loved how much attention she was able to give us and how she will continually check in and give us advice. We found a true gem in Kate. We were literally rescued by training. I highly recommend Kate to anyone who needs a knowledgeable and understanding person to help guide their dog and household in a positive direction.
Tess W. & Vera, NYC
Jamie B. & Luna, Rochester NY
Kate was awesome! My husband and I were having problems with our puppy suddenly displaying crate aggression. All of the local dog trainers were booked in our area and we were referred to Kate from out of state! Kate had a long conversation with my husband and I over the phone to get a better understanding of what we needed assistance with.
She took the time to really understand our lifestyle, what training we had previously done, etc. Kate immediately gave us advice to begin to retrain our puppy. We kept in constant communication via text, sending videos of progress, etc. to ensure we were following the correct steps.
Kate always checked in with us and encouraged us along the way. It was so powerful to see how distance didn’t have any impact on Kate’s ability to help us get our sweet loving little girl back 😊
Tom L. & Seymour, NYC
After adopting my dog, Seymour, from a rescue shelter, he exhibited anxiety-driven behavioral problems such as leash aggression. Kate worked with me after the adoption to work through Seymour’s issues using positive reinforcement techniques. She also left me tips on how to teach Seymour other tricks! He is now a well-adjusted dog. Thanks Kate!
Jodi A. & Sandy M. (and Maddie), NJ
Kate was recommended to us by a friend and we couldn’t be happier that she came into our life. We were looking for help with our black lab/pit mix who could be aggressive with unfamiliar people when they came to the house or into her space on a walk. From the start, Kate helped us to understand some of the science behind Maddie’s behavior; explained her positive reinforcement approach, and gave us examples and “homework” after each session. I’m now a firm believer of the positive reinforcement model because I’ve seen how our dog has improved dramatically. Kate was able to specifically tailor a step-by-step program for us to follow and was always available for questions and feedback between sessions. The decision to have Kate educate us and help Maddie was the best thing we could have done for our dog and our family!
Tania M. & Saga, NYC
Saga has been breaking through her milestones despite tumultuous circumstances which is nothing short of a testament to good training.
She stopped destroying furniture and actively sought out affection from individuals, some who have told me that they were scared of big dogs until they met my Saga!! She’s a gentle, sweet giant who loves humans which is the dream I had for her 1.5 yrs ago when I first saw her at the shelter. Kate made this possible by teaching me to respect her language and her boundaries and giving me the tools to assert my limits in a thoughtful way that allowed for my relationship with her and my old little rescue coexist together beautifully.
We look forward to lounging together late in weekend mornings, playing with other dogs and people watching in the pier without fear and Kate helped make that happen. Thank you ever so much !
Candy S. & Odango, NYC
Kate is a wonderful dog trainer! As a first time dog owner, adopting a Shiba Inu to our home is wonderful and overwhelming!
For our first session, Kate traveled to our Queens home and showed us the basic commands like “touch”, “leave it”, “find it” etc., showed us how to do harness training to and crate training, to help him be less fearful of those things and helped us understand the dog’s body language and their thinking.
We learned so much about how to train our dog using positive reinforcement, and lots of patience and love! With lots of printed documents and followed up emails, Kate’s knowledge and experiences helped us and our newly adopted furbaby adjust pretty quickly!
After several weeks of training, our dog made big progress listening to our commands. He lets us leash him in less than 5 seconds and goes to crate with no fear at all! All thanks to wonder Kate!
From our experience, I’d strongly recommend Kate to any new dog owners / fearful new dog owners or any owner who need help to have a better relationships with their dogs!
Cat D. & Bea, NYC
I reached out to Kate to address some behavioral concerns, like resource guarding, with my rescue dog who had been with me for nearly four years. I was uncomfortable with a previous trainer’s methods and was so impressed with the force-free training she exhibited in her Instagram videos. I was instantly put at ease in person by her calm demeanor and the comprehensive tools she provided. Even after just one training session, I felt an incredible sense of support – that Kate was and continues to be just as invested in our successes as I am!
Nearly a year later, I still refer to my Rescued by Training worksheets and Kate has proven to be a truly invaluable resource. Thank you Kate for giving us the tools and encouragement for success!
Deborah K. & Lucky, NYC
Kate helped us set a solid foundation for our newly adopted dog, Lucky.
Lucky was an extremely skittish and anxious dog. He was scared of sudden movements, new people and the big city. After the first class with Kate, Lucky was PULLING to get there on time! He loved the treats and training time. Most importantly, he felt safe and comfortable. He was able to pick up basic commands week after week, and we were able to take away useful tips for building up his confidence and manners.
Kate is a wonderful, patient, and knowledgeable trainer. You and your dog will love working with her!
Adrienne S. & Scotty, NJ
Rescued by training helped my golden retriever Scotty get over his fear of taking walks after a dog attacked him. Kate provided and demonstrated very useful techniques to help him overcome his fear. Now Scotty and I are back to taking our long walks together!
Kate also helped me train Scotty to become a certified therapy dog. Through her efforts and recommended exercises, Scotty was able to pass the Bright and Beautiful therapy dog test and is a proud member of the Bright and Beautiful therapy dog group. We go to hospitals and nursing homes bringing comfort to patients and staff.
Kate’s techniques and regimen are easy to administer and actually work to produce the desired results! I recommend Kate and Rescued by Training highly!!!
Monica S. & her 5 dogs, NYC
Kate is the complete package with a bonus personality! She provided manageable solutions for my family of 5 dogs….each with their own nuances. In came Kate to the rescue! We worked on barking, jumping up, bulldog bossiness, assistance with measuring and muzzle training. She is a multi-tasking genius who is worth of 10 gold stars!
Amy W. & Beau, NYC
Kate was so patient and fantastic with Beau that I saw changes within the first 24 hours of our first session. I believe in positive training and she is the best in the NYC area. I had other trainers for Beau prior to being recommended to Kate and I clearly see why she is so highly recommended. The other trainers didn’t have the same expertise, techniques or follow through that Kate does. Kate equipped Beau and I with all the knowledge and training materials to make a HUGE difference in Beau’s fear anxiety and fear aggression! I am beyond grateful for Kate!
Maddie P. & Houston, NYC
I’d like to start off with the following: I could not recommend Kate (Rescued by Training) more highly! Putting it simply, Kate is the best. Truly, *the best*—the most invaluable resource we couldn’t have even in our wildest dreams imagined!Her depth of knowledge and her care/commitment/dedication to her clients (dog and human alike!) is just amazing.
Kate has guided us through many not-so-easy journeys with our rescue gal, Houston, and she has allowed us to not only learn to understand Houston a little bit better, but has also allowed us to feel more confident in how we approach more challenging situations. We have seen firsthand how the fear free, science-based training Kate has dedicated her life to really works!
Initially, Kate was helping us with teaching our Hurricane Harvey rescue gal, Houston, some fear-free/positive reinforcement general obedience/husbandry training/offering a wealth of brilliant knowledge on ways to keep Houstie mentally engaged/stimulated through both her heartworm tx and spay (and life in general!). She provided (and still provides!) a vast amount of knowledge, guidance, and beautiful support for these new (slightly neurotic!) dog parents.
After our babe started experiencing some fear responses towards kids and then towards some humans, Kate swooped in with her tremendous ideas/resources (i.e. teaching us counter conditioning techniques—which, with time and diligence, WORK!). She connected us to a vet behaviorist who had a fabulous vet-to-vet consult with our vet. Now our girl is on medication and is doing so much better! Kate has opened our eyes to so many aspects of a dog’s world, allowing us to better understand/navigate/compromise living this life with our sweet girl.
We are so grateful to Kate for all that she has done for our family; and even though Houston cannot talk, it’s evident that we have grown leaps and bounds together as a family with the help of Kate—she really is the best there is! We are forever grateful to and for Kate, and thank our lucky stars that the universe brought her into our lives. We adore you, Kate—thank you for all you do!
Tayef and Josh F. & Bambi & Munchie Browns, NYC
We worked with Kate when we adopted our first fearful dog, Bambi, and again later with our second even more fearful dog, Munchie Browns. Kate has also been guiding the training when medication is needed (in collaboration with a vet behaviorist) which is the case with Munchie Browns. In both cases, Kate focused on each dog’s needs to develop a training plan for us to learn how to manage their anxieties and build their confidence through counter conditioning and positive reinforcement, never with fear or force. She never promises any magic overnight fixes but real, achievable goals that have allowed our dogs to gain the quality of life they deserve. Munchie’s first 6 months with us she wouldn’t go near the front door of our house. Today we are able to walk down our Brooklyn sidewalk and even go to the park on occasion.
Throughout our work with Kate she’s paid a lot of attention to us, the humans, as well. She checks in regularly and follows up. Kate goes above and beyond for both her human clients and their dogs. We’ve felt nothing but supported while working with her.
Kate S. & Teddy, NYC
Kate was extremely professional and knowledgable from the moment she walked through our door. She gave us hope with our little Teddy and has been available for a bunch of email follow up. She provided us with loads of information and has been a good support in helping us understand basic training concepts. We definitely recommend Kate!
Kate S. & Teddy, NYC
Barbara K. & Shelby, NJ
I was very distraught with my highly fear-aggressive rescue, Shelby, a 65 lb mix of sled dog/shiba/Sheltie. It was getting to the point where she would become aggressive towards us if we tried to touch her. So I was referred to Kate and it was the best thing I ever did.
Kate came to my home and was able to assess the situation. She totally understood my dog and knew what she needed. She taught us what to do, how to help lessen Shelby’s fear of touch, and explained what a highly fearful dog needs. She takes her time and really explains things to you so you really understand why what she is teaching you will work.
Kate even went above and beyond and found a fear free certified veterinarian for me. I couldn’t have done this without her. And Kate was always there for any questions or concerns I had. She really cares and is always there for you and your dog.
We worked with Shelby and saw things change. We can now touch her with her being comfortable. A huge change. Shelby will always be a fearful dog, but knowing how to make her feel comfortable and less fearful has greatly improved all of our lives. Thank you so much Kate!
If you need help with your dog, I would HIGHLY recommend Kate. She is a true professional and highly educated in this area.
Hilary E. & Evita, NYC
Rescued by Training completely changed the way we approach our dog, Evita’s behavior. Kate helped us to better understand the root cause of our dog’s issues, and to address those issues with compassion, patience, and positivity.
When we adopted Evita, she had strong resource guarding instincts and was reactive to other dogs. Kate helped us to develop a clear plan to address Evita’s behavior and provided us with a folder full of printed notes, resources, and tips after each session. We know Kate is always available if we have questions or concerns. Evita has come such a long way from her first day in our home and is happy, healthy, and thriving thanks to Rescued by Training. We strongly recommend giving Kate a call.