Katie Brennan CDBC, CPDT-KA

Katie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant as well as founder/owner of Boundless Canine.  She began training dogs professionally in 2011 after having assisted in group classes for about a year.  Also in 2011, she began competing in dog sports with her first dog, a highly fearful and reactive Finnish Spitz named Kimma, and has been hooked ever since.  Katie's work as a trainer at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center exposed her to developing training plans and meeting certification goals for various high drive and high energy breeds as they were being trained to become search and rescue, explosive/drug detection, medical alert, and patrol dogs.  Her passion lies with helping owners in sports foundation work, and in assisting teams who may have some behavioral hurdles to cross before being able to shine in a competition setting.  Since Katie has helped her own reactive and fearful dogs excel in many venues, she has the experience necessary to be able to offer support and create appropriate behavior modification plans.  Katie also believes that there is a sport out there for every dog - primitive and non-traditional breeds are her specialty!

Katie earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in March of 2015.  In December of 2016, Katie earned the title of Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).  With her own dogs, Katie is active in various types of competition and has broken multiple AKC Finnish Spitz breed records.  

Katie uses her background as an educator (she holds her New Jersey Elementary Education Certification with Advanced Standing) to help present information in an effective and easy-to-understand manner.   She regularly attends seminars and watches/participates in webinars to stay up to date with the latest in training methods and equipment. 


Katie's Dogs:

  • AOM CH Finkkila's Kupla CGCA CGCU ITD Therapy Certified - "Bubbles" (Finnish Spitz)
  • TDCH Loistava's Jari CGCA CGCU TKP Therapy Certified - "Jari" (Finnish Spitz)
  • Hartwyn Keepsake Outworld Battle Cry RN CGCA RLPX-AOE ITD - "Sonya Blade" (Shetland Sheepdog raised by Primitive Dogs)

Katie's Certifications, Memberships, Affiliations & Accomplishments:

  • Certified Dog Behavioral Consultant (CDBC)
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • AKC STAR Puppy, CGC, CGCA, CGCU Evaluator
  • AKC Trick Dog Evaluator
  • Therapy Pets Unlimited Evaluator
  • Performance Scent Dogs Judge
  • Animal Control Officer with Middletown Township Police Department, Bucks County PA
  • First Finnish Spitz to earn an AKC Masters Standard and/or Masters Jumpers agility title (Kimma)
  • Finnish Spitz with the most MACH points and QQs (Kimma)
  • First female Finnish Spitz to be invited to AKC Invitationals (Kimma)
  • First Finnish Spitz to title in Barn Hunt (Kimma)
  • First Finnish Spitz to earn an overall scent work title - Scent Dog Novice through PSD and NW1 through NACSW (Kimma)
  • First Finnish Spitz to pass all 3 NACSW Odor Recognition Tests (Kimma and Jari)
  • First Finnish Spitz Trick Dog Champions (Kimma and Jari)
  • First Finnish Spitz to earn the AKC Trick Dog Performer title (Kimma and Jari)
  • Among only a handful of Finnish Spitz to earn a Rally Excellent title (Kimma)
  • First female Finnish Spitz to earn an RAE title, and only second ever of either gender (Kimma)