Team

Katrina:

Katrina has been professionally training dogs for 8 years. She has trained thousands of companion dogs and is very active on social platforms to spread her knowledge to as many dog owners as possible. She lives by the motto that life is too short, so you should pursue your passion, work hard and enjoy every moment to the fullest with a dog by your side. Katrina exudes our training philosophy of active training – she hikes, bikes, rock climbs and explores Charlotte and beyond with her pack of five dogs – Zoey, Bullet, Carmella, Opie and Xena. An advocate for animal rights, Katrina herself is a vegan, she continues to educate herself on the most innovative balanced training techniques to provide clear communication to both dog and owner in a fun and fair way. Katrina has an eye for training both dogs and people, and her ability to multi-task at a quick speed, allows KeenDog to constantly be evolving. Katrina has also appeared in a variety of commercials (Cosequin) and television appearances (Good Day Charlotte). Katrina is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and has completed PTSD Service Dog Training from This Able Veteran, E Collar Training with Tyler Muto, Puppy Training and E Collar Training with Nino Drowaert and continues her studies with trainers throughout the country.

Phillip:

As a lifelong lover of dogs, Phillip transformed the hobby into a profession five years ago after being introduced to canine training by KeenDog Training co-owner, Katrina. Together, he and Katrina integrate the latest techniques, humane practices and a balanced approach to their training. Their approach is based upon a unique marker system that reduces frustration and confusion between dog and handler. Phillip has handled the training of more than 1,000 dogs in the Charlotte, N.C. area and across the United States. As an avid reader and lifetime learner, he continually improves KeenDog Training’s offerings and technique through education – as well as a little trial and error on his personal dogs. It’s Phillip’s mission is to help facilitate harmony between handler and dog. Phillip see’s his training as a lifestyle for both dog and owner where they are eager to set an example for the canine-human bond through growth, learning and enjoying life in tandem. Phillip believes dogs deserve the best possible training as they do so much to enrich our lives.  Prior to co-founding KeenDog Training, Phillip was perfecting his leadership and teaching techniques through his work with people. As a third-degree black belt, his martial arts studies led him to teaching, where he coached hundreds of students of all ages. 

Brittany:

Brittany has been working as a professional dog training for two years. Her career started at KeenDog in January 2017

Brittany  is an accomplished graduate from the Michael Ellis School for Dog Training – Immersion Program. The program is an 18 week curriculum, known to be one of the most in depth dog training  programs available in the country.

“During the program I learned more than I ever thought possible. I developed a more complete understanding of the science behind how dogs learn, the process in which learning takes place and overall reading of body language/ temperament. This allows me to approach each situation individually and appropriately.”

While Brittany’s title is a “Dog Trainer” her true passion comes from guiding her clients on the right path to strengthen their relationship with their own dog.

“I love seeing the light bulb go off for my clients. Once you know better, you do better. Generally speaking, it all boils down to teaching owners the what, why and how behind each lesson. My goal is to give the necessary knowledge to the owner, that they can then apply to their dog long term. I believe this is the clearest way to teach and train.

Rachel:

When rachel was a little girl, she was infatuated with animals of all sizes. Her love started with horses, she began riding at the age of 9 years old. As the years went on, she started getting interested in the dog world. When she was 16 she started working at a franchise dog daycare, then she knew 100% that dog training was in her future. She quickly grew from kennel worker, to assistant trainer, to head trainer and assistant manager, and decided to take a leap of faith and leave her full time job to focus solely on training dogs..and never looked back! She has three dogs of her own; Wiley, Duchess, and Neytiri, who love to come along to lessons and group classes to hang out. You can almost guarantee that one of them will be wherever she is!  “Once i made up my mind and went for it, i just had a feeling that KeenDog was put in my life for a reason. I love my team and what we do. I’ve never been surrounded by more people who are as die-hard about helping dogs and educating their owners as me, and I live for it!” -Rachel

Lindsey:

There hasn’t been a moment of Lindsey’s life when she hasn’t been completely obsessed with animals.  While she didn’t get to grow up with dogs of her own, she did start riding horses at a young age.  She firmly believes that those experiences gave her a strong foundation for animal care, as well as the knowledge of how to use proper aids and tools so that you can communicate effectively with your animal.

Even though she didn’t acquire a dog of her own until her adult life, she gained canine handling experience through various jobs, such as doggie daycare, boarding, veterinary technician and more. While she was living in Nashville, TN, she had the opportunity to be an assistant trainer for a local positive-reinforcement trainer.  This afforded her one of the most rewarding experiences of her life – they worked with a local men’s prison and a greyhound rescue where they would teach the inmates how to train basic obedience to the retired greyhounds so they would be better suited for adoption to loving families.  It was so exciting to see the bond between these dogs and the inmates through positive communication.

As Lindsey took on the daunting task of training her own working breed dog, a Belgian Malinois, she realized the importance of balanced training.  This completely changed the communication and the relationship between her and her dog for the better and she has never looked back!

Prior to joining KeenDog Training, Lindsey used her leadership and coaching techniques in the fitness world. Because she has a passion for teaching people, she is excited to show clients how they can lead happier lifestyles with their dog, both in the home and out-and-about in their active social lives. She loves the bond that is created when a client and their dog finally click together. “I love that moment when you see the smile on the faces of both the owner and the dog. Seeing the bond between the owner and the dog as they experience and enjoy life together is one of the best rewards you can have!

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