Katie McGuire CPDT-KA


  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers​

  • Valley Hills Obedience Club​

  • Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America

  • Dog Trainers Alliance of Southern California

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

  • Human Animal Support Services - Behavior Collaborative 

Qualifications, Certifications & Education Highlights:

  • AKC Canine Good Citizenship and Tricks Dog Evaluator

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - CPDT-KA

  • Bachelor of Arts - 2013

    • University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)​

  • Advanced Training Concepts - 2017

    • Seminar series; Ken Ramirez​

  • ClickerExpo - 2016, 2018, 2021

  • Resource Guarding; Management & Modification - 2021

    • Live Webinar 3 part Series; Sue Sternberg & Trish King​

  • Living & Learning with Animals: The Fundamental Principles & Procedures of Teaching and Learning - 2021

    • LLA Professional 8 week Course; Dr. Susan Friedman​

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare - 2021

    • University of Edinburgh​ Certificate Course through Coursera; Nat Warren

Katie McGuire has been training dogs professionally for over 15 years, but her training career and education began long before that. 

Her childhood consisted of as many animal activities as she could find!  She spent her youth caring for and training horses, competing in gymkhana events and jumping competitions, volunteering for a local animal rescue, including housing and training multiple foster dogs, and helping them find new forever homes. She also spent time training her own dogs in multiple activities like tricks, agility, obedience, sheep herding, etc.

Katie attended Moorpark college, taking a class on Dog Breed Identification (a part of the Companion Animal Studies program) while earning her credits, and then continued on to receive her BA from the University of California Santa Barbara. During her studies she worked part time as an On Set Safety Representative with American Humane Association, making sure that animals were being treated humanely on the set of film and television productions. While at UCSB, she also completed an internship training dogs for the entertainment industry.

At this time Katie was working professionally as a dog trainer for a large pet supply retail store, and after completing her collegiate career, she was promoted to the level of Area Trainer, putting her in charge of trainers at other stores, as well as training new trainers for the company. 

Eventually, Katie decided that it was time to move on and create her own training business, giving her the ability to grow and develop her skills, as well as focus on dogs with problem behaviors, and training for competition dogs in different venues.

In 2018 Katie helped advise on a dog tricks book, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever.


In 2019 she performed multiple dog training demonstrations at The California Science Exhibit for the Dogs! A Science Tale exhibit, she appeared on ACCESS Live with her dog Andreu to promote the Beverly Hills Kennel Club Dog Show, and starred in a video by The Pet Collective about teaching your dog Halloween Tricks!

After several years of teaching private lessons and group classes through My Best Friend Obedience, Jump City Agility, and Driven Dogs Agility, Katie accepted the position of Animal Behavior Specialist and Training Coordinator at The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. 

Katie is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Evaluator, a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Dog Trainers Alliance of Southern California, the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America, the Valley Hills Obedience Club, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. With her own dogs, she trains and competes in agility, conformation, Rally Obedience, and competition Obedience, garnering many wins, and competing at the national level.  She continues her education by reading, attending seminars, courses, and classes, and consulting with other trainers as often as possible.


Publications, Presentations & Interviews

The Big Book of Tricks for The Best Dog Ever - Training Consultant



We Like LA

AKC Gazette

Born to Talk Podcast

Annenberg PetSpace Wellness Workshop - Presentation on Leash Reactivity


Dog Sport Accomplishments 


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Miniature long haired Dachshund

-Earned a perfect score of 100 his first time in the Rally Novice ring.

-In 2014 he won 1st place in Excellent Rally at the Dachshund Nationals

-Competed at the AKC Rally National Championship twice, 2013 and 2018.

•In 2018 he was the only Dachshund entered in the RAE class, the highest level of Rally-O at that time.

-Canine Good Citizen Advanced, or Community Canine title

-Trick Dog Performer

-Beginner Novice and Preferred Companion Dog Obedience titles


Front & Finish AKC Rankings


Rally Advanced A: 

#4 All Breed

#2 Hound Group

#1 Dachshund


Rally Combined

#5 Hound Group

#3 Dachshund


Rally Combined

#6 Dachshund



-Trick performances at multiple venues, including the California Science Center’s exhibit on Dogs

-Hired for photo shoots, including Science Diet, and The Big Book of Tricks for The Best Dog Ever




Rescued Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

-Multiple Agility titles

-Canine Good Citizen

-Trick Dog Performer

-Earned qualifying scores in Barn Hunt and Earthdog


Bad Dog Agility AKC Breed Power 10 Rankings

-2017 #8 Preferred Dachshund



-Featured In 2019 Dachshund calendar 









Pyrenean Shepherd

-AKC Master Agility Champion (2x)

-Multiple AKC Agility titles

-Multiple USDAA titles including Tournament Master

-Beginner Novice Obedience title

-Rally Excellent title

-Community Canine and CGC Urban title

-Trick Dog Performer title

-Pointed In Conformation

-Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America Versatility Award winner 

•Bronze 2016

•Silver 2017


AKC Agility

-Qualified for, and competed in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 AKC Nationals (2020 Q only; event canceled) 

•2018 Nationals: 

-2 out of 3 clean runs

-11th place cumulatively after the first 2 rounds

-#3 Pyrenean Shepherd for 2018 in AKC Agility

-Attended the AKC Agility Invitationals for 2018

•Cumulatively 3rd after 3 clean rounds

•Finalist, finishing with the second fastest time (had 1 bar)

-#1 Highest Scoring Pyrenean Shepherd at the event

•3rd highest ranked dog with an Obedience title at the event

-Qualified for and attended 2019 World Team Tryouts




-3rd place in Steeplechase at the Southwest Regional USDAA Finals

-Semi-Finalist in both Steeplechase and Grand Prix at the 2016 Cynosport World Games


-Regional DAM Team 2nd Place

-Qualified for Cynosport world games

-Semi-Finalist in Steeplechase 

-Finalist and 15th place in DAM Team

-8th Place Team Gamblers




-1st place and Bye in local Master’s Series

-UKI US Open National Championship

-8th Place in Snooker

-Finalist and finished 13th in Games Challenge

-5th Place in Masters Series Agility

-5th Place in Round 1 Nationals

-6th Place in Round 2 Nationals

-Finalist and finished 3rd Place in National Championship Finals

Front & Finish AKC Rankings


Rally Novice: 

#3 Pyr Shep


Rally Combined

#3 Pyr Shep


Bad Dog Agility AKC Breed Power 10 Rankings

-2017 #4 Pyrenean Shepherd

-2018 #5 Pyrenean Shepherd



-Trick and agility performances at multiple venues, including the California Science Center’s exhibit on Dogs

-Featured on live morning shows to promote the Beverly Hills Kennel Club Dog Show






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Pyrenean Shepherd

-AKC Novice Agility titles

-USDAA titles 

-Rally Novice title earned in one weekend with two scores of 99 and a 93

-Competed at the 2019 AKC Rally National Championship after just turning 2 years old

   •Earned scores of 99 and 94

-Canine Good Citizen

-Trick Dog Performer title