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Katie McGuire, CDBC,


  • Board of Directors - Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America

  • Working Member of Human Animal Support Services - Behavior Collaborative 

  • Professional Member of Association of Professional Dog Trainers​

  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

  • Animal Behavior Society

  • Animal Behavior Management Alliance

  • The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement

  • Valley Hills Obedience Club​

  • Dog Trainers Alliance of Southern California

Qualifications, Certifications & Education Highlights:

  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant - CDBC

    • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants​

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - CPDT-KA

    • Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers​

  • Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior - UW-AAB

    • University of Washington​

  • AKC Canine Good Citizenship and Tricks Dog Evaluator

    • American Kennel Club​

  • Bachelor of Arts - 2013

    • University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)​

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

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

  • Low Stress Handling Certified Silver - 2021

    • CattleDog Publishing and Low Stress Handling University - Dr. Sophia Yin​

  • 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

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare - 2021

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

Katie McGuire has been training dogs professionally for 20 years, but her training career and education began long before that. 

Her childhood consisted of as many animal activities as she could find!  Her formative years were spent caring for and training a variety of animals. Obsessed with animals and training, she would read or watch anything she could to learn more and practice these skills with her first pets, horses and cats. She was an avid competitor in equestrian events and enjoyed training her rescue cats a variety of tricks, but wanted desperately to have a dog of her own. Adamantly set against having a dog, her parents reluctantly agreed to let Katie spend her Saturdays working with the dogs at a local animal rescue. But seeing her passion for working with animals and her commitment to their care and training, they finally acquiesced and she brought her first rescue dog home at age 11. She then began fostering and training multiple rescue dogs, helping them find new forever homes. She spent all of her time training her own dogs and fosters in activities like tricks, agility, obedience, sheep herding, etc.

Katie attended Moorpark College, taking classes from the Companion Animal Studies program such as Dog Breed Identification, as she has always had an interest in rare breeds and their history and development. 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. She also completed an internship training dogs for the entertainment industry while completing her BA from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Concurrently, 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. As an Area Trainer, she managed and supervised over 20 trainers at stores within her district, as well as onboarding and training new trainers for other stores. Her reputation as an effective and compassionate trainer grew steadily and she was regularly recommended by local veterinarians and dog enthusiasts. Her success was measurable, with her store showing a dramatic increase in training sales, consistently ranking in the top 10 out of over 1200 stores, and the company’s corporate office regularly consulting with her on training policies including nationwide curriculum change.

In 2016 Katie parted ways with the retail company and opened her own training business. This gave her the ability to grow and develop her skills, focus more on dogs with difficult problem behaviors, and train a variety of skills and dog sports. Her group classes continued to be highly recommended and attended by veterinarians, breeders, and other trainers.
Over the years Katie has trained thousands of dogs, giving her invaluable experience in how to work with the individual dog, and tailor her techniques to the needs of that dog.


Katie is an Canine Good Citizen and Tricks Dog Evaluator through the American Kennel Club (AKC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and earned a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from University of Washington (UW-AAB). She is on the Board of Directors of the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America (PSCA), and is a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA), the Valley Hills Obedience Club (VHOC), the Dog Trainers Alliance of Southern California (DTASC), and is a working member of the Behavior Collaborative & Education sub-group for Human Animal Support Services (HASS). 


Throughout her life and career, Katie has raised, trained, handled and competed with a variety of breeds, giving her a broad range of experience training, and living with, many different types of dogs. Her passion for training and interest in all aspects of the dog world has led her to be the exclusive handler for all of her personal dogs during their competitive careers. She regularly trains and competes in agility, conformation, rally obedience, and competition Obedience, garnering many wins, and competing at the national level, and has also dabbled in several other sports including sheep herding, barn hunt, and earthdog.  Katie has performed at a variety of events with her dogs including the Dogs! A Science Tail exhibit at the California Science Center, fundraisers for organizations such as Ride On Therapy, and multiple live events at The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. Katie and her dog Andreu have also been guests on NBC's California Live! and Access Live! TV shows, and their 6th place run in the Finals of the AKC National Agility Championships was shown on ESPN's coverage of the event.

Katie has written and been interviewed for several articles on a variety of dog training and behavior topics, including an article for the 2017 AKC Gazette on Socialization of the Young Pyrenean Shepherd, and interviews for KROQ radio station, WeLikeLA, MomsLA, and the Born to Talk Podcast. She was also the expert training advisor for The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever, which is currently ranked 15th in the Best Selling Dog Books of all time. 


Katie currently works as the Animal Behavior Specialist and Training Coordinator for The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, a unique community space and animal rescue focused on education about the importance of the human animal bond. Katie finds continued education to be an essential part of her ability to be an effective trainer and regularly attends seminars, workshops, and courses on training and behavior to develop her skills. 


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Publications, Presentations & Interviews

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

The Pet Collective



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, 2020, and 2022 AKC Nationals (2020 Q only; event canceled) 

•2022 Nationals:

-Finished 6th Place in the 16" Class of the National Agility Championship

-#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

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