I have lived with dogs all my life. I grew up hunting with my dad and our Golden Retrievers. I have owned my own Golden, sweet Cheyanne, and also a spunky little Papillon, Miss Hannah. We also adopted our first senior, an Alaskan Malamute named Cody, a very special dog who is in our heart always.
I now am blessed to share my life with our 3 Alaskan Malamutes. My husband and I love being out of doors in the winter. This breed of dog was the perfect fit for us. Thunder is my eldest, he is a retired therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. He brought love and smiles to many for over 5 yrs. I am the lead for our local hospital therapy dog program. Luna is my middle child, she is a retired therapy dog and now enjoys the life of a princess. And Cree, well he’s my baby and has taught me more about respect and patience than any dog I have ever owned. He is a reactive dog with behavioral challenges but because of this, he is a part of my soul. He has taught me to communicate with dogs on a deeper level than I ever have before. Let me share with you what he has taught me.
I have been in the dog training industry for 8 yrs and have successfully graduated over 200 dogs from puppy kindergarten, STAR Puppy programs, basic manners, and Canine Good Citizen classes. I help clients achieve their dog training goals during private in-home one on one sessions as well. I enjoy sharing this knowledge with the public through presentations and educational seminars. Dog bite prevention education is also a passion of mine.
I use only science-based force-free dog training techniques which focus on the behaviors we want and modify or eliminate the behaviors that we don’t. I will empower you, the owner by educating you in the concepts of humane, non-confrontational, pain and fear free methods. By taking the environment and how it influences your dog’s behavior into consideration first, we can create a program that will address the root of the reason the behavior exists. These methods create lifelong bonds of trust between you and your canine companion.
I am a graduate of distinction from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy 2yr Master program to earn my professional certification. I am a proud member of the Pet Professionals Guild and Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin. Both of these organizations grant membership only after research has been done by interviewing peers and clients to ensure that I uphold the methods and philosophies of force-free dog training. I am a registered therapy dog handler with Alliance of Therapy Dogs and a licensed dog bite prevention educator thru the international organization, Doggone Safe. I have completed First Aid and CPR for dogs course.
I continue to study Animal Reiki and Animal Communication and have completed 2 courses with my Reiki Master. I continue my education by daily reading, attending workshops throughout the year, online courses, webinars and meetings with upper-level trainers. Consistent, continual education is central to being the best trainer I can be.
It would be my great honor to assist you with your dog training goals and help you to develop the kind of bond with your dog that will last a lifetime.
Kathy Wolff, CCDT
Member Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin
Member Pet Professionals Guild
Registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Licensed Doggone Safe Dog Bite Prevention Educator