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Katie McKnight

Instructor

Trainer Profile: Katie McKnight, CDT

Credentials:
Certified Dog Trainer
Canine Behavior Practitioner
Certified in Canine Psychology & Behavior, ISCP
Studied Dog Emotion and Cognition, Duke University
Studied Treatment and Prevention of Dog Aggression with Dr. Ian Dunbar

I began my career working with animals in shelter environments. While many people feared pit bulls, I fell in love with the smart, loving breed. While I’ve enjoyed preparing shelter animals for new homes, I wanted to ensure that dogs did not wind up in shelter environments due to behavioral problems. Honestly, most behavioral problems are solved with the help of a professional dog trainer. Whether you recently welcomed a new puppy into your life, share a home with a spoiled pet or live with a challenging dog, I want to help.

I am also the proud dog parent of three rescue dogs. Nine years ago, I rescued Madison, my faithful boxer, from a family who could not handle her high energy. Over the years, we helped Madison overcome separation anxiety, dog aggression and the naughty behavior that frightened many visitors. She is a loyal dog and a much-loved family member.

On Mother’s Day 2015, we welcomed a three-year old boxer-mastiff mix to our home. This 92-pound teddy bear has mastered all training techniques in a short amount of time. Duke transformed from a runner to an assistant who happily aids my dog-clients suffering from dog aggression.

In February 2016, we welcomed Elsa, a one-year-old, blind dog with a host of health problems and slight food aggression.  Obedience training transformed her into a confident, well-mannered dog, who also assists in my training lessons.

My family and I are fortunate to have shared our lives with these three wonderful dogs.

How did you get started in the Dog Training business?
I volunteered as a dog walker for a local town shelter and studied under a dog behaviorist. The other volunteers and I wanted to prepare the shelter dogs for their forever home and ensure they never returned to shelter life. Waving goodbye to the dogs as they drove away with their new families was exhilarating. Witnessing the terror on the faces of the new surrender dogs broke my heart. I wanted to bring them all home. Since that was not a possibility, I decided to help families before it got to the point that families relinquished their dogs. I studied hard and had the best mentor in the world. I have the pleasure of working for my mentor, Jessica Freedman, at Sublime K-9 Dog Training ever since.

What is your favorite challenge in training?
I adopted a one-year-old dog who was born blind. People thought I was crazy. This fabulous dog was an internet sensation. So many people wanted to welcome her into their homes, but feared the disability. I believe her disability increased her desire to learn. She is brilliant. I have had the pleasure of training dogs that are either blind or deaf. There is nothing better than watching a disabled dog thrive and an owner’s amazement at their dog’s ability.

What is the best advice you can give Dog Owners?
Please remember that dogs are not human. They do not think like us. They don’t act like us. They don’t speak our language. We must respect their species and learn how dogs think in order to teach them how to live in a human household. You will never find a better friend than a dog, sometimes it takes some training to discover the greatness

Jessica Freedman

Instructor

Trainer Profile: Jessica Freedman, CPT

Credentials:
Certified Professional Trainer - National K-9 Learning Center
Sublime K9 Dog Training, Founder
Certified in reactivity training and marker training
Trained in Behavioral Adjustment Training (BAT)
Over 1000 dogs trained

Welcome to the International School for Certified Dog Trainers! I have been running my own dog training business, Sublime K9 Dog Training for 8 years and have been successfully training dogs since 2002, studying under many different trainers to learn as many methods as possible. With over 1000 dogs trained, I am still training and adding to that number each day. I am a graduate of the National K-9 Learning Center where I earned my designation as a Certified Professional Trainer. National K-9 is a nationally recognized top tier dog trainer’s school located in Columbus, Ohio. At the center, I studied various methods of behavior modification and applied these methods to my partner dog, Milo. I am also a professional member of International Association of Canine Professionals and am formally trained in BAT (Behavioral Adjustment Training), certified to teach Relationship Games, and Leash Reactivity and have studied with some of the top trainers in the country on ecollar training and behavior modification. My love for canines has also led me to work in the veterinary field to learn as much about dog’s health and wellness as possible.

The development of the ISCDT came along with the realization that there is a gap in the dog training industry. There are no affordable, online schools that allow existing trainers to get their certification and also trains new trainers to get them started. This course does both. Katie and I have taken our combined 25 plus years experience and put it into one course designed to teach and challenge. We hope that you enjoy studying with us and are here to help you along the way!

How long have you been training dogs professionally?
I have been training dogs professionally for 15+ years.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to Train Dogs?
I fell in love with my first dog at the age of 21. She was a boxer, who had some issues, which led me to research the appropriate training techniques. I became so intrigued with canine behavior to specific and dogs in general so I decided to make a career of working with dogs and started a dog walking business.

While running this business I came across a dog (a client) that I was supposed to walk each day. The dog simply needed some extra exercise. The problem was that the dog feared new people, including me. I thought, wait this is supposed to be enjoyable for the dog!

How did you get started formally training Dogs?
I called a local trainer and started asking for advice to assist with the dog. They worked with me to help me get to a point where our walks were actually enjoyable. After that, the local trainer offered me an apprenticeship with her and her company…the rest is history.

Have you found certain Canine breeds to be a challenge to train?
I don’t have a particular breed in general that has been a major challenge. The issues I come across are not really breed specific they come in all shapes and sizes. All breeds are different in temperament and physical capabilities.

What is the best advice you can give Dog Owners?
Dog training takes persistence and consistency. My advice to owners is to stick with the training techniques we implement, long term. Also, have fun training your dog! If you enjoy it, so will your dog.