Katie is the proud owner of four Golden Retrievers, two Border Collies, one Australian Shepherd, and one Border Collie/Papillion mix. MXJ, MXA, CATCH, CATE, PDCH Merit (13-year-old Border Collie) is retired as an agility champion in multiple venues CPE, UKI and USDAA. CATCH, IWAC, AXJ, AX Rippa (10-year-old Australian Shepherd) agility champion in CPE and UKI. DM, NA, NAJ, Kanga (9-year-old Golden) competing in dock diving, canine disc and agility. CATCH, NAJ, NA Meeko (8-year-old Golden) competes in agility at the local level. DM, NW1, NW2 Tigger (3-year-old Golden) compete in dock diving, canine disc, canine nose work, agility. NW1 Presley (4-year-old Border Collie and Papillon) competes in canine nose work, agility, canine disc, DS Crush (2-year-old Golden) competes in dock diving, canine disc and learning agility foundations, Rita (11-month old Border Collie) is just starting out her agility foundation training.
Katie has had a great fondness for dogs since she was a young child. Her training career began with her involvement in the 4H canine training program where she and her dog, Rusty, excelled. This left Katie with an increased confidence and a hunger for greater challenges. Over the years she has sought out and studied under the tutelage of some of the world’s finest instructors. She continues to seek advances in her training and applies her new knowledge and skill to her ever-evolving and expanding curriculum at Think Pawsitive.
Long before becoming the owner of Think Pawsitive, Katie graduated from the Wisconsin School of Professional Pet Grooming. Her natural talent was quickly evidenced by a growing client list. Thus, with her husband Todd, she opened and operated a successful grooming, dog daycare, and retail business for ten years. Her insatiable love of working with dogs led her to pursue expansion into canine training and agility competition. She has never looked back.
Katie regularly competes in AKC, CPE, UKI, and USDAA agility with her own dogs and several of her students’ dogs. She has earned multiple Excellent/Masters titles, Championship titles, and Regional and National placements.