Meet Kate Connell, CPDT-KA, creator and owner of Calmer Canines: “I believe that living with dogs is a privilege, not a right, and that our relationships with them should be based on mutual respect, trust, and understanding, not fear and dominance. It is my goal to help every dog learn to fit in with our crazy human world.”
Since she was 5 years old, Kate knew she would work with animals and she dreamed of being a veterinarian. In 2007, she was given the opportunity to study to be a dog trainer for a retail company, so she jumped at the chance to “be a better vet.” Little did she know that her stepping-stone career would become her life’s passion! She went on to mentor over 20 new Pet Trainers for the company, and after becoming both an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and a Premium Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), she was finally ready to start her own company. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the internationally recognized CCPDT.
Over the years, she has come to find a special place in her heart for fearful and reactive dogs. There is just something so magical about seeing them finally feel calm and confident! She also loves to set puppies up for success so that they are far less likely to become fearful or reactive,so proper socialization techniques are a keystone in her group classes. She even has some experience training Miniature Potbellied Pigs and has volunteered with SCAMPP (Southern California Association for Miniature Potbellied Pigs)!
When she is not training, she is always researching the latest positive-reinforcement and choice-based training techniques, as well as natural health care and nutrition. She attends various training seminars as well as the annual APDT Conference whenever possible. She also volunteers with The Little Ones Animal Center in Costa Mesa. She enjoys taking her Corgi/Dachshund, Junie (pictured above), her Jack Russell/Dachshund, Hollie, and her Swedish Vallhund puppy, Sirius Black, on adventures throughout Orange County. She sometimes has one of her dogs accompany her during private training sessions to act as a canine assistant, and she usually has one of them help out with group classes, depending on the needs of the dogs in class.