About Us

Playful Pups uses Positive Reinforcement training to teach dogs of all breeds and ages basic skills, including Loose Leash Walking and Coming when called, as well behavior modification for issues such as resource guarding (food/toy aggression) and separation anxiety. The owner, Katie, began her career with dogs in 2008 after she adopted her Pit Bull puppy, Maggie. She took Maggie to a training class and was hooked. After that Katie worked as a dog handler at a dog daycare and then as an accredited Dog Trainer. Once she earned her Certification though Animal Behavioral College's Dog Trainer program, she began her own dog training business. Since then she has become a Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, and is a mentor for CATCH

is an Evaluator for the AKC's S.T.A.R. Puppy program as well as the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and AKC Temperament Testing, and is a Therapy Dog Certifier with K9to5 National Therapy Dog Registry. 

Katie teaches group classes at the East Greenbush Animal Hospital and also offers Private In-Home Training.

Certifications Offered

Therapy Dog Certification

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