Kat Camplin, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Kat Camplin, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA,) a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP,) and a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has served on the Board of Directors of a local obedience club, with 2 terms as President. Kat is an avid advocate for creating fun activities for dogs and their families to do together to shape positive relationships. She stays abreast of the latest research and training techniques and continuing education by attending workshops and seminars. Find out about Certifications for dog trainers. She also hosts a dog training podcast, How Do You Train That?
A native of California, Kat has 30 years of experience in many dog training styles. She started as an apprentice to a “Dog Trainer to the Stars” before moving on to competitive Obedience training. She volunteered her training services at a local dog rescue for 8 years, which allowed her to work with many dog personalities. Kat is an active member of several dog training clubs and competes in Rally and Obedience. She has also dabbled in Tracking and Nosework and loves hiking and traveling with her three dogs.
Kat’s experiences with upper levels of competitive Obedience training and the methods used to train them, led her to positive reinforcement and clicker training. She immediately saw the benefit of training without corrections, which allowed her dogs to build a deeper relationship and learn more quickly. Converting to clicker training resulted in many first place ribbons.
Kat has trained cross-over dog owners go from “Pop” to “Click,” and enjoys seeing their dogs improve dramatically in a short period of time. As an advocate for all dog sports, she relishes in seeing dogs out of their backyards and romping about doing activities as real members of the family. You can read a bit more about her philosophy here.
Kat’s life with dogs
I have a good life with dogs. Most of my ‘training’ is done around the house, not out on a leash. Dog obedience training is not just about ‘sit’ and ‘stay,’ it’s about building a relationship and teamwork. Whether it’s hanging around the kitchen while you’re cooking, out playing fetch, or competing, you want your dog to understand what you want and to do it enthusiastically.