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.