PROFESSIONALLY CERTIFIED DOG TRAINER, KATIE REID, aka KatyK9
At the age of five Katie’s adoration for dogs was born with her first dog, Muffin, a purebred Golden Retriever. Years later a Bernese Mountain-Blue Heeler cross named Bailey joined the family. Both were loyal, loving, lively companions who brought much joy to her life.
Katie’s love and respect for dogs continued to grow as she volunteered at animal shelters across the country – walking dogs, fundraising and educating others – at the Calgary Humane Society, Toronto Humane Society, Halifax SPCA and S.P.A. de Québec.
Katie made her passion for dogs official and earned her stripes as a professionally certified dog trainer from Canada’s most intensive, hands-on, accredited professional dog trainers program, located in beautiful Victoria, BC: Ben Kersen and The Wonderdogs.
Katie has completed Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Animal Behaviour (with distinction) at the University of Melbourne, Australia; holds a Certificate in French from Université Laval in Québec City, Québec; a Bachelor of Applied Communications: Public Relations from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta; and a Bachelor of Arts: Sociology from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Katie is currently enrolled in Dog Emotion and Cognition at Duke University, North Carolina and helped administrate “All Things Dog Behaviour,” a helpful, online resource for dog owners, lovers, trainers, ethologists and behaviourists with over 8,000 members.
In addition to being a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Katie is also certified in DOGSAFE Canine First Aid and is licensed, bonded and insured.
KAITLIN MONKMAN, DOG WALKER AND BOARDER
Kaitlin was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia surrounded by mountains, lakes and dogs! Her family dogs have included a pure-bred pit bull; a black lab/Newfie cross; and a pit bull/yellow lab cross. She has a soft spot for larger breeds and rescue dogs, but is comfortable around dogs of all shapes and sizes. Kaitlin doesn’t currently have a dog of her own, but she would like to foster a dog in the future — she volunteers with Adopt A Dog/ Save A Life, a non-profit that helps hard-to-place dogs (and occasionally cats) find their forever home.
Kaitlin studied Literature and Art History at the University of Victoria before making the trek to Toronto. She has called East York home for the past five years. She loves the walkable neighbourhoods, great local restaurants and quiet, tree-lined streets.
Kaitlin has had a few different career paths since moving here, but has found the cubicle lifestyle doesn’t suit her personality. Getting to work outside with animals has been an amazing change of pace and she couldn’t be happier as part of the KatyK9 team! Kaitlin is licensed, bonded and insured and also certified in DOGSAFE Canine First Aid.
In her off hours Kaitlin can be found in a good book, sipping a glass of red wine, taking in a comedy show, or having brunch with her friends.
ERIN OUGHTON, DOG WALKER AND BOARDER
Erin has loved dogs since the age of four when she would bike around her small town with a German Shepherd named Rusty and a beagle named Maddy. Before joining the KatyK9 team, Erin ran her own dog walking service in Prince Edward County and worked as a daycare attendant for a well-known Toronto Doggy Daycare.
In addition to dogs, Erin was an active show jumper for over 15 years, training and riding horses for a number of stables across Ontario. In 2006, Erin received a young rider’s award from the Ontario Equestrian Federation for her contributions to riding, training and her ability to balance riding with school. Erin currently holds her NCCP Coach and her rider levels from the Ontario Equestrian Federation.
Among her certifications and degrees, Erin has attended the University of Toronto for a BA in English and Art History and has a diploma in Tourism Management from Centennial College in Toronto, ON. She has years of training in animal first aid and CPR for both horses and dogs, is certified in First Aid/CPR from the Canadian Red Cross and is licensed, bonded and insured.
In addition to work with horses and dogs, Erin has worked with goats, sheep, cows and rabbits; although her love for dogs is now her main priority! Erin currently lives in the Pocket with her Shih Tzu, Toby.