Meet The Pack
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer
Association of Professional Dog Trainer Professional Member
American Kennel Club Evaluator
CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, ABCDT
Owner, Training & Behavior Director Enrichment Center Manager
& Content Creator of K9 Wisdom
Cathie (AKA Cat) is a Colorado native from the Salida area. Her current stomping ground is in Northern Colorado, and her business K9 Wisdom has two locations in Loveland. She has been training dogs professionally for over 15 years and is a proud dog nerd! She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a graduate and Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College, a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a certified AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. In addition, Cathie is a Mentor Trainer for CATCH Academy, where she mentors aspiring dog trainers!
Prior to opening K9 Wisdom she worked in the Training and Behavior Modification Department of a nationally recognized Humane Society. While working at the humane society she gained invaluable experience working with homeless dogs with behavior problems, conducting Behavior Evaluations/Assessments and matching the right family with the perfect dog.
After leaving the humane society she became the Training, Behavior and K9 Coach Coordinator at Animal Friends Alliance and Grooming where she trains dogs and coaches volunteers on how to increase the adoptability in rescue dogs. The K9 Coach Class has became a huge success! Cat's main goal for the K9 Coach Class is to set dogs up in finding and staying in their forever home. The program improves dogs chances of being adopted through training and manners.
She believes dogs learn behaviors best with humane training methods. She values and believes in the power of relationship-based training and uses it as the core when working with clients and their K9 best friends. Knowing all dogs (and owners!) learn differently she uses training styles that work for the individual dog/owner team, setting every client up for success! She utilizes Mark and Reward based training as she feels this opens up the line of communication between owner and their canine sidekicks, all while speeding up learning!
Cathie has an enthusiastic devotion to keeping current on "all things dog". In doing so she is able to provide an unsurpassed training experience to her clients, while helping their four legged friends learn how to be well mannered and appropriate. She pursues ongoing continued education by attending seminars throughout the year and keeps current on all new canine literature.
Cat's main focus as a trainer is to help owners and their dogs create lasting bonds. She resonates with and strives to improve the lives of shelter dogs and dogs with behavior issues. Specializing in reactivity and dogs who lack confidence has given her a well rounded view of the canine world. Through her work with reactivity and aggression, Cat has created a well versed curriculum for dogs of all ages and struggles. In order to help her community reduce adoption returns, aggression and reactivity, Cat focuses strongly on teaching owners how to properly socialize their puppy!
Jordan has had a love for animals of all kinds for as long as she can remember. When she started volunteering at a humane society at the age of 13 she began to discover her passion for animal training, behavior, and education. She spent several years volunteering and interning. During that time she did all sorts of tasks but found she enjoyed working in the behavior department the most. Jordan would perform temperament evaluations on new dogs, implement training plans, and provide enrichment to the dogs in the shelter's care. She discovered her knack for working with dogs and realized her passion for science-based training and animal behavior.
She is currently a student at Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers, working towards earning her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). She also has completed the Shelter Training & Enrichment course with Karen Pryor Academy. She believes that education is critical, and always strives to further her knowledge and grow as a trainer.
Jordan currently has four dogs of her own- three rescued pit bull mixes and one Belgian Sheepdog! She also has a variety of exotic pets. In her spare time she loves to do dog sports with her dogs, and write blogs about animal behavior.
ENRICHMENT CENTER ROCK STAR PLAYGROUP AND ENRICHMENT LEAD
Sarah has always had a passion for animals and a soft spot for dogs! She is originally from California but moved to Colorado for college. There she earned her bachelor's degree in Zoology and discovered her talent for dog training!
Sarah worked for a few years at Animal House Rescue and Grooming, and through the K9 Coaches program met Cathie. Over the next several years, she was with K9 Wisdom mentoring under Cathie and learning how to become a professional dog trainer. During that time, she earned her KPA-CTP certification through Karen Pryor Academy as well as her CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
This past year was spent in Milwaukee, getting additional experience with training dogs, but she is now back! Sarah is very excited to re-join Cathie's team as her new Supervisor. She hopes to assist Cathie in expanding her business goals, as well as continuing to advance her training skills along the way.
ROCK STAR SUPERVISOR
GROUP CLASS INSTRUCTOR
PRIVATE TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
Certified Dog Trainer
Jessica has always had a love for dogs, growing up with many different dogs throughout her childhood. From a very young age, she wanted to become a veterinarian and in search of that goal she became incredibly involved in her high school’s local FFA chapter where she raised rabbits, chickens, and goats. She also began working as a veterinary assistant while in high school and a year after graduating she moved to Fort Collins to further her dream. Shortly after moving Jessica acquired a position at a local dog grooming/daycare facility where she rediscovered her love of dogs and her passion for industry. Shortly after, she decided that she wanted to become a dog groomer and she also rescued her very own dog, a Border Collie whom she named Zappa. Whilst grooming and competing in agility with her dog, Jessica realized the need for compassionate groomers in her area. Many of the dogs that she groomed were very nervous and some were even aggressive, having been turned away from other groomers for their behaviour. It was then that Jessica realized that training and grooming should go hand in hand and she started offering to take the time needed to help some of these dogs adjust to the grooming environment. Jessica has met with great success in her grooming of difficult to handle dogs and believes that every dog deserves to make a choice and it’s their guardians job to help them make the right choice, grooming is no exception.
In 2013, Jessica adopted another Border Collie mix, Opie, that she hoped to do agility with. After attempting some foundation classes that didn’t go so well for them, Jessica discovered that Opie had hip dysplasia. At the advice of a friend, Jessica started taking Nosework classes with him in January of 2015. She was hoping to use it as a way to harness his diligent use of his nose and to help build their relationship. After discovering the game of Nosework and how much her dog enjoyed it, she was hooked and decided to enter Opie in his first ORT (Odor Recognition Test), where he passed 2 of his target odors. A few months later Opie was entered in his first Nosework trial. After seeing how Opie loved playing at the trial, Jessica was inspired to become an instructor of this wonderful sport that had broadened and strengthened her and Opie's relationship. She started self teaching her other dog, Zappa, along with a few friends and their dogs. After getting a taste for teaching others and seeing how her students dogs blossomed she decided that she wanted to make her instructing official and signed up to attend the CNWI program through the National Association of Canine Scent Work. Jessica has finished the 1st half of the program and is looking forward to attending the 2nd half in December of 2016 where she will become a full fledged CNWI.
Certified Nose Work Instructor
NOSE WORK INSTRUCTOR
OWNER OF SNUFFLEPUFFS, LLC.
Katrina Brunner got into mushing at 8 years old when she had a high drive golden retriever mix and would run him on her roller-blades. One day a neighbor came out and offered a sled dog harness, which was from the neighbor's father's team in Alaska! This was the beginning of a passion that just kept growing!
Katrina has been involved in dog agility since she was 7, moving into horses in her teens. She became a horse trainer, instructor, and a yoga instructor as she got older.
Through that she found a passion in doing canine and equine massage and helping them feel amazing doing what they love!Katrina enjoys finding a balance between owner and animal through training, stretching and massage.
Katrina lives in Windsor with her husband, daughter, and her mini zoo of a horse, dogs, cats, parrots and a turtle.
Certified Nose Work Instructor
ENRICHMENT CENTER ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR
Maddy’s parents have told her that her love of animals, especially dogs, started before she could speak! She started college in Ely, Minnesota for Wildlife Management and ultimately has been drawn towards dog training and behavior modification. She has been working with people and dogs since 2011 in the form of dog walking, pet sitting and management in dog boarding. Early in 2020, she earned her KPA-CTP from Karen Pryor Academy with the intention of beginning to professionally help people and their animal companions.
She is excited to be able to expand her knowledge and experience while mentoring under Cathie at the K9 Wisdom Enrichment Center. She greatly enjoys continuing to learn more and more about dog behavior and training and helping dogs and their people have great relationships with clear communication.
Casanova the husky/shepherd mix and Charlie the female german shepherd are her two fur children and she is excited to meet yours!