Hi! I'm Karen Shipe
Six years ago, I left the world of high tech to pursue my passion of a career working with dogs. I am a force-free trainer working with reward-based methods to train dogs to do the right thing rather than punish them for "bad" or unwanted behaviors.
As a certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, you can rest assured that I follow humane, science-based dog training practices. I also maintain my certification through continuing education to ensure I am up to date on the most current techniques and philosophies in dog training.
I completed my apprenticeship with Mardi Richmond of Good Dog Santa Cruz. I'm a graduate of the Trish King Academy of Dog Behavior and I honed my clicker-training skills by completing the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Foundations course. I spent 5 years volunteering at the Humane Society Silicon Valley socializing and working with shelter dogs.
A native of the Bay Area, having grown up in Campbell, CA, I've lived with and loved dogs my entire life (baby photos with my first dog, Fritzi, available upon request!)