Kate Naito, CPDT-KA is a sought-after Brooklyn dog trainer and our Manners Program Director. Kate joined Doggie Academy after completing her studies in dog training and behavior at CATCH Canine Trainers Academy., and she is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Kate offers group classes and private lessons in puppy socialization and all levels of manners. As an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, she also teaches Canine Good Citizen preparation and testing. She draws upon her extensive experience as a college instructor and force-free dog trainer to create lessons that get to the heart of what her clients need. Very often, this involves adapting training techniques to the challenging urban environment.
Kate has a particular interest in helping owners of visually impaired and special-needs dogs. She is a rescue advocate who has adopted and rehabilitated many senior and special-needs pets, including her current dogs, Batman and Beans.
Kate regularly volunteers with Blind Dog Rescue Alliance and has provided assistance to local shelters and rescue groups. She is committed to helping owners communicate clearly with their dogs, regardless of their ages or past experiences, to build lifelong bonds through positive training.