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We offer in-person and online training.
Get the help you need with packages tailored to suit your dog and your family.


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.


Hi, I’m Kate (she/her)

I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and the owner of Calmer Canines. I've been working with dogs and their owners since 2007 using gentle, effective methods. I create solutions-focused treatment plans that meet the specific needs and abilities of each and every human client and canine student. I have worked with reactive and fearful dogs since 2010, using methodologies informed by BAT, Play Way, and Control Unleashed to teach dogs coping skills.

Since having a child of my own in 2018, I have focused on working with families from pregnancy/adoption through adolescence, but I still work with a variety of behavior issues and I love helping owners set up their puppies for success. I am a Licensed Family Paws® Educator and a Dial Guide through The Family Dog®. I am a neurodivergent mother to a neurodivergent child and also a loss mom, and I use my unique experience and perspective to help families create a healthy dynamic between all family members - two-legged and four.

Photo is of Kate sitting with her 2.5 year old son on her lap, both of them smiling at the camera. Kate's dogs Sirius Black (Swedish Vallhund, left) and June Bug (Corgi/Dachshund, right) lie on a mat in the grass to the left of her chair, also looking at the camera.


"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

Training by Appointment


Monday  9:30am-3:00pm

Tuesday  CLOSED 
Wednesday  9:30am-3:00pm
Thursday  9:30am-3:00pm
Friday  9:30am-3:00

Saturday  CLOSED
Sunday  9:00am-4:30pm

Online Training Wherever You Are**
In-Person Training in Orange County, CA

**Online Training offered anywhere in the contiguous United States. High speed internet required.
In-person outdoor training available in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Newport Beach,

Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Villa Park. In-person service area may be extended within Orange County
limits on a case-by-case basis for families with children/babies.

Ask Me Anything

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


calmercaninestraining @

Santa Ana, CA 92704

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