Kate Naito, CPDT-KA is a sought-after Brooklyn dog trainer and our Manners Program Director. She 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 are accessible and engaging to clients.
Kate has a particular interest in helping owners of visually- or hearing-impaired dogs. She is a rescue advocate who has owned and rehabilitated many special-needs pets, including her current dogs, Batman and Beans. Kate’s most memorable rescue was Walter, a blind and deaf Boston Terrier, with whom she communicated using the sense of smell and touch. Walter even learned a few tricks!
Kate regularly volunteers with Blind Dog Rescue Alliance and has walked dogs and raised funds for local shelters, including Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn. 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.