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!
ENRICHMENT CENTER ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR
Kallie’s biggest passion has always been animal behavior! Kallie started in the animal field at the age of 14 when she was offered a position to help train and care for sheep. From there she moved on to working with other farm animals such as goats, horses, camels, zebras, llamas, rabbits, chickens, and more. She also dipped her toes in wildlife rehabilitation and fell in love with creating and providing enrichment for birds and racoons.
Very quickly, she discovered the dog field through shelter work. Kallie has worked for two different animal shelters and dedicated herself to helping shelter dogs with behavior challenges. While working at Animal Friends Alliance, she met Cathie through Cathie's K9 Coach program. Kallie continues to support a dog behavior program at Animal Friends Alliance and hopes to help as many dogs as possible!
Kallie values knowledge and the continuation of learning. At Colorado State University, she earned a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences. She believes that there is always something new to learn and is grateful to be working with Cathie, whom she is always learning from!
Sarah is originally from California but has been in Northern Colorado for close to 9 years now and absolutely calls it home! She has been training dogs professionally for 5 years, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and a certified AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. In addition to these, she also earned her B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University.
She has prior experience working in several shelters, including Animal Friends Alliance and Grooming, where she met Cat through her K9 Coach Program. Through this rescue work, Sarah gained valuable experience working with a variety of dogs and behavior cases all with the goal of finding them good homes.
Sarah has mentored under Cat for almost 7 years, learning all of her tips and tricks! She has a passion for behavior and is working her way towards specializing in aggression cases in the future. She also continues to love working with young puppies and ensuring they get the best start to this crazy world we live in!
If you see Sarah in a group class, she likely will be accompanied by her best girl, Wrigley! Who also happens to be Lucky Clover’s (Cat’s dog) look alike. Wrigley says she is getting pretty good at this whole teaching thing and aspires to be as good as Clover one day!
In her spare time, Sarah also has a YouTube channel all about dog training. Mental stimulation and enrichment is one of her main specialties and focuses on this channel, and brings this knowledge to the clients she works with as well.
ROCK STAR SUPERVISOR
GROUP CLASS INSTRUCTOR
PRIVATE TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Certified Dog Trainer
ENRICHMENT CENTER ROCK STAR PLAYGROUP AND ENRICHMENT LEAD
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!
ABCDT CERTIFIED TRAINER
ROCK STAR DAY SCHOOL K9 COACH & GROUP CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Marcia and animals have always had a pretty clear relationship: they're inseparable. She has always had a passion for owning rescuing, and working with animals.
Marcia worked 5 years as an R.N. and decided to shift her career path and focus more on her first love, animals.
She graduated Animal Behavioral College in 2018 as a Certified Dog Trainer. She started working with dogs full time doing dog walking, training and working as a dog daycare assistant.
Marcia spent her summer moving across country from Massachusetts to continue her passion for working the dogs! She is so excited to join the team and she hopes to continue to learn, grow and help people and dogs!
GROUP CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Travis is a lifelong dog owner and animal lover. His first training experience came when he was 10 years old, a family training endeavor with a new puppy. Travis started volunteering with dogs in 2017, after losing his beloved terrier mix, Fred. Travis and Fred’s favorite pastime was going on long walks, so after Fred passed away, Travis signed up to walk dogs at Animal Friends Alliance, both as a way to honor Fred’s memory and a way to cope with the loss. Travis quickly fell in love with his new volunteer work and in addition to the wonderful dogs he got to work with, made some new friends with the staff and other volunteers at the shelter!
Not long after starting as a volunteer, Travis met some dogs with behavioral challenges and learned more about the struggles they often face with getting adopted. This inspired Travis to take his volunteer work to the next level and devote his efforts to helping the dogs who needed a little bit more love, training, and patience to help their chances. Travis enrolled in Cathie's K-9 Coach program in 2018 and has continued to provide training and behavior modification support for shelter and foster dogs with Animal Friends Alliance since. Travis is excited to continue his training journey by mentoring with Cathie at K9 Wisdom!
Travis has a "day job" as a civil engineer and lives in Fort Collins with his wife and two dogs: Liam, his 16 year old Chihuahua and Norma, a 7 year old lab/pitbull/etc mix. When he’s not working or volunteering, Travis enjoys reading, spending time with family, fishing, and hiking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.