Caitlin Lane – Head Trainer/Owner of Whole Pooch
Caitlin Lane began training in 2005 for a pet rescue organization in Arizona while completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona. Over the next few years she trained for a number of different doggie daycare and boarding facilities until ultimately deciding to establish her own dog training company.
Caitlin became a CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) and a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 2007.
In 2008, Caitlin became an AKC “Canine Good Citizen Evaluator” and also started working as a Mentor-Trainer for student trainers studying with Animal Behavior College, which she continues to do today. In the Fall of 2010, Caitlin was invited to film and present a training video for Dog Star TV, a web-based series featuring select trainers called “America’s Dog Trainer.”
Caitlin’s training philosophy is based on developing both human and canine communication skills, through the use of “brain-based, not pain-based” training techniques. In other words, Caitlin aims her focus on every dog’s natural intelligence and unique skills to succeed, without using against them their desire to avoid fear, pain and punishment.
Caitlin believes that every person’s relationship with their dog can thrive when they help their dog understand (through training) the necessary ingredients for a canine to live a long, happy life in a human’s world. Caitlin refers to these ingredients as “Canine Life Skills.”
Possessing strong qualities of a “people person” and “animal person,” Caitlin has found that dog training ultimately becomes successful when every lesson is not only easy to learn, but extremely enjoyable for two and four-legged students alike!
Caitlin offers in-home boarding and training and sees clients privately throughout the week. She also not only trains companion dogs, but also works with a variety of therapy dogs and service animals.
Dakota Rhoad – Certified Trainer
Dakota’s lifelong adoration for dogs grew tremendously while working for various dog boarding facilities from age 17 to 21. This drove her to ear
n her dog obedience training certification from Animal Behavior College while studying wildlife biology at Texas State University. During this time, it was reinforced that her ultimate passion in life is to help animals of any size, shape, or form- and will for the rest of her life.
As a dog trainer, her greatest priorities are to bridge the gap between human and canine misunderstanding and to work through behavior issues from the inside out, focusing on the core issues rather than the superficial symptoms. Dakota’s methods surrounding this goal involve positive-based training and games that helps to strengthen not only good behavior, but a healthy relationship between dog and owner. She strives to provide lessons that are fun and meaningful for both her human and furry clients.
Dakota’s experience involves extensive training with shelter dogs at the San Marcos Animal Shelter as well as 1.5 years with Whole Pooch clients. She has studied dog behavior for 6+ years and will continue her education in animal behavior for many years to come. She is extremely excited to share her knowledge with the loving dog owners of Austin, Texas and hopes to take her practice all over the country.
Kristen Reno – Certified Trainer
Kristen has spent most of her life creating better lives for animals, though her most passionate focus has always been on canines. She graduated from The University of Texas with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; this is where she discovered her passion for animal behavior and learning theory. She began to develop her skill set while fostering dogs through APA! and Austin Dog Rescue. Kristen attended multiple training seminars and conferences to expand her formal education, which put her on the path to become a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a title awarded to her by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Since 2012, Kristen has created brighter futures for more than 500 dogs through Boarding & Training and Private Training Sessions. Kristen is most passionate about teaching other people how to better understand and effectively communicate with their canine counterparts. She focuses on seeing each dog as a unique individual and strives to train in a way that makes learning fun for both dogs and their people. Kristen has two fur-kids of her own, “Cooper,” an 11 year old long-haired Chihuahua, and “Barley,” a 4 year old Pyrenees/Golden Retriever/Shepherd mix.