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For expectant families and families with kids of all ages. Get help keeping the whole family happy, safe and sane, together.


Get started on the right "paw" with a new dog, or get help undoing problem behaviors. Choose from standard or custom options.


Teach your dog life skills, prevent problems, or solve existing fear/reactivity issues. Get extra support  in a private Facebook group.


Work through fear/reactivity or focus around distractions. For students who have completed at least some online training.   

Hi, I’m Kate

I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and I've been working with dogs and their owners since 2007, using gentle, effective, solutions-based methods. No training solution will work for every dog or every household, and I adjust everything I teach to meet my clients' unique needs. I am proudly neurodiverse and use my unique experience and perspective to help families create a healthy dynamic between all members (two-legged and four).

I've worked with reactive and fearful dogs since 2010 and I mainly use Control Unleashed and BAT methodologies to help rehabilitate dogs. However, since having a child of my own in 2018, I've been focusing more on working with families (from pregnancy/adoption through adolescence). I'm a licensed Family Paws® Parent Educator and I also offer The Family Dog® Private Training Program. 

Photo is of Kate sitting with her 2.5 year old son on her lap, and dogs June Bug (black & tan Corgi/Dachshund, right) and Sirius Black (grey sable Swedish Vallhund with full spitz tail, left) lying on a mat in the grass next to her chair.


"Kate did what I thought was almost impossible in a very short time and she geared the training with Lily's needs in mind. We highly recommend Kate for dog training of all types, and would definitely go to her again if we get another dog."

Lily’s Owner

"Kate is a true professional with extensive knowledge and training on helping dogs with behavior problems.  She's a caring dog lover that is always willing to go beyond the standard trainer interaction to make sure you and your pet are getting the most out of the sessions."

Venus’s Owner

"...she has changed the way I think about my dogs, even as someone who has raised and worked with animals for much of my life. She is so so insightful, always learning and excited to share her knowledge."

Bart’s Owner

Online Training Wherever You Are
Open by Appointment

Mon: 2pm - 5pm

Wed: 10am - 5pm, 7-8pm

Thu: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 2pm-5pm

Sun: 10am-5pm
Closed on Tuesdays and Fridays

Online Training offered anywhere in the United States.  In-Person Outdoor Training offered in Orange County, CA.

Ask Me Anything

Not sure what kind of training you and your dog need? Don't understand how online dog training can work? Think your dog can't be helped? Call, text, or email me for more information.


calmercaninestraining @

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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