About Us

I understand how stressful it can be when living with a difficult dog. 

I know what it feels like when your dog embarrasses you, and I know what it feels like when you can't trust your dog to behave around family, friends, and neighbors. Many dogs struggle with stress and anxiety. I have developed programs which resolve this stress and anxiety and teach dogs how to cope, settle, and feel comfortable with the things that they see and experience, every day. If everything else has failed, I promise you, my approach to dog training will be different than the rest. 

Kate Walker
Kate Walker

Owner and Trainer

 

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania with a love for animals. I followed my passion and earned a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences, with a minor in Equine Science, from Penn State University. I also have a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, with a concentration in Biology, Agriculture, and General Sciences, from Lock Haven University. I taught middle and high school Science for 10 years before resigning to focus solely on The Incredible K9. For years, I taught school during the days and I trained dogs during the evenings and weekends. There are so many similarities between teaching students and training dogs (but the dogs are easier)!

I have combined my love for animals and my love for teaching others by training dogs and helping owners. I strive for all dogs to become the best possible versions of themselves, for humans to have improved relationships with their dogs, and for families to understand how they can create and maintain harmony in their homes.

 

Your dog is your friend, companion, and family member. I will not only help your dog to feel more relaxed, comfortable, and content in this world, I will also teach you, their owner and leader, how to best communicate with your dog in a way that your dog will understand and trust.

Curious to know more?

 

Here are 10 more facts about me:

"Thank you for helping to mold Annie into the fantastic pup that she is! Your knowledge and intuition with dogs is top notch. We are so appreciative of you, Kate!"               

 - Megan Z.

  1. I have never drank a cup of coffee. 

  2. I grew up with 3 horses (an Appaloosa, a Saddlebred, and an Arabian) and I currently own a Friesian horse.

  3. I love being outside on our farm with the animals. I've debated getting a camel, but maybe I'll get alpacas instead? 

  4. I always start a new book before I finish the last book. Does this count as a bad habit?

  5. I rarely turn on the television. I probably shouldn't even pay for cable. 

  6. I love to travel, but I hate to leave the dogs behind, so I often book dog-friendly houses and take the dogs with me.

  7. Twice, I travelled across the country in an RV with my husband and two dogs....once for 8 weeks, once for 6 weeks.

  8. I jumped out of an airplane in Moab, Utah. As I signed the waiver, all I thought about was: "If I die, the dogs are stuck in an RV at a campground 2,000 miles away from home".

  9. I love design, but didn't pursue a career in design (I debated becoming an interior designer). However, I have found many creative design outlets within building a business.

  10. My favorite aspect of training dogs is helping them to gain and retain appropriate social skills.

International Association of Canine Professionals
Kate is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.
Continuing Education

 

Here are a few of my most recent experiences:

  • September 2020: 1-day Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland, with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on Drive: building drive and incorporating relaxation techniques in K9 sports

  • January 2020: Completed the 6-week My Dog Camp course with Rhonda Bilodeau of Vermont Dog Pack

  • October 2019: 1-day Private Lesson in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on Resource Guarding

  • September 2019: 3-day Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on Reactivity

  • April 2019: 1-day Private Lesson in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on teaching boundaries, relaxation, dog-human introductions, tug, and E-Collar training

  • April 2019: 3-day Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on E-Collar training

  • February 2019: 1-day Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on Conditioned Relaxation, dog-dog socialization, dog-cat socialization, and E-Collar training.

  • November 2018: 2-day Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on dog-dog introductions and socialization with groups of dogs

  • September 2018: 1-day Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on dog-dog introductions and socialization

  • August 2018: 2-day Seminar in Martinsburg, West Virginia​​: "Training Between the Ears: Level 2 Intensive Workshop on Perception Modification" with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist

  • July 2018: 1-day Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on dog-dog and dog-human introductions, as well as E-Collar recall training

  • April 2018: 1-day Private Lesson in Baltimore, Maryland with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist, which focused on leash reactivity and loose leash walking techniques

  • February 2018: 2-day Seminar in Martinsburg, West Virginia​​: "Training Between the Ears: Level 2 Intensive Workshop on Perception Modification" with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist

  • October 2017: 3-day Seminar in West Berlin, New Jersey​​: "Training Between the Ears: Resolving Conflict in Human-Canine Relationships" with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist

  • May 2017: 3-day Seminar in Plymouth, Massachusetts: "Relationship Based Behavior Modification​" with Nelson Hodges of Canine-Human Relationship Institute, which focused on dog behavior rehabilitation.

  • October 2016: 2-day Seminar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: "Advanced Socialization Solutions for Difficult Dogs" with Chad Mackin of Pack to Basics and DePAW University Canine Campus, which focused on alleviating anti-social and aggressive behavior in dogs.

  • August 2016: 2-day Seminar in Draper, Utah: ​"3D: Dealing with Difficult Daycares" with Heather Beck of K9 Lifeline, which focused on calmly, properly, and safely socializing large groups of dogs together.

  • March 2016: 2-day Seminar in Elkridge, Maryland: "Training Between the Ears: Resolving Conflict in Human-Canine Relationships" with Mark McCabe Canine Behaviorist

  • March 2016: 4-day Seminar in Draper, Utah: A hands-on training seminar, continuing the education of the October 2015 seminar: "Dealing with Difficult Dogs" with Heather Beck of K9 Lifeline, which focused on canine socialization and behavior training.

  • December 2015: 1-day Seminar in Elkridge, Maryland: A follow-up, hands-on training seminar, continuing the education of the November 2015 seminar: "Training Between the Ears: Resolving Conflict in Human-Canine Relationships" with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist

  • ​November 2015: 3-day Seminar in Elkridge, Maryland: "Training Between the Ears: Resolving Conflict in Human-Canine Relationships" with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist

  • October 2015: 3-day Seminar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: "Dealing with Difficult Dogs" with Heather Beck of K9 Lifeline, which focused on canine socialization and behavior training.

  • June 2015: 2-day Seminar in Providence, Rhode Island: "Hands-on Dog Workshop" with Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training 

  • May 2015: 2-day Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana: "T3 Accelerate" with Sean O'Shea of The Good Dog Training and Rehabilitation and Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training

  • January 2015: 1-day Seminar in Ellicott City, Maryland: "Hands-on Dog Workshop" with Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training 

  • October 2014: 3-day Seminar in Elkridge, Maryland: "Revolutionize Your Leash" with Tyler Muto of K9 Connection and Chad Mackin of Pack to Basics and DePAW University Canine Campus, which focused on leash-handling skills and obedience training

  • Summer 2013: Apprenticeship with Mitch Fletcher of K9 Heeling