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. 

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

Alison - KeenDog Trainer

Alison:

It is hard for Alison to remember a time when she did not actively seek out the companionship of dogs. It is not surprising that this passion developed into her career. However, before she began to get serious about dog training, Alison took a detour and attended college, where she obtained a BA in Literature and a Minor in Psychology with the mindset that she would go on to be a college professor herself. This education and experience have proven invaluable in Alison’s ability to understand how and why dogs (and people) learn and, by extension, how to teach them.

Alison has been training dogs in the professional arena for over 10 years, and she has a wide bandwidth of experience that this time has afforded her. This experience encompasses pet dog obedience, behavioral modification, detection, tracking, and competition sports such as PSA. In those years, Alison has also coached the owners of these dogs, as well as the Police and Military K9 Handlers, to whom these dogs were assigned.

Alison is a member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals), a Certified Master Trainer through Tarheel K9, and a graduate of Bart Bellon’s NePoPo® Silver and Gold Schools. Additionally, she consistently seeks to better herself as a trainer and has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, something that is reflected in her dedication to attending training seminars and schools that feature amazing trainers from all around the world.

Jenna:

Jenna started interning with us in June 2020 after being a client of KeenDog’s for a little over two years. She started the training as she was a first-time dog owner and wanted to set her dog, Cash, up for success. Throughout her training journey with him, dog training became a fun hobby of hers and she wanted to learn and do more with it. Two years later, she took the leap of faith and quit her day job at a law firm and joined the team to make this hobby something more. She says, “The community and team that KeenDog is comprised of has always been one of my favorite things and I wanted to be a part of that and help more people become a part of this awesome, growing community.” Jenna loves being able to have the KeenDog Lifestyle with her partner-in-crime and wants every other dog owner to be able to have that same lifestyle. Because who doesn’t want to enjoy life with their dog, right? Cash is her A1 and her only dog currently, however she will be adding to the crew very soon.