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.
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!
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.