Meet the human team behind the canines here at CDT.
Kate Peterson Koch CPDT-KA, CSDT-1
Kate is originally from St. Louis, Missouri (USA) and has trained dogs in a professional capacity since 2007. Her dog training interests include solid basic foundations for puppies and adults, scent detection, cooperative care, and training service dogs. Adjacent to training, Kate is a qualified service dog evaluator for the province of Alberta and is passionate about accessibility in dog training as well as supporting team relationships between handlers and their dogs.
Kate has competed in earthdog, barn hunt, racing/coursing and rally obedience over the years, and currently competes in NASDA with her dog Shirley, who is the first basset hound to title in Lost Item Recovery and Shed Dog in the organization. Additionally, Kate is owner-handling her longhaired miniature dachshund, Disco, in conformation, and preparing her golden retriever, Gilda, to compete in scent detection.
Kate is a longtime educator with a people-first, positive reinforcement approach to teaching. She attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, Ohio) and Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri) and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition with a minor in Music Theory. She taught piano and classical voice full time for many years and can still be found playing piano or accordion (sometimes) and singing, mainly to her dogs.
Kate is a member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance (AFFA) and Doggone Safe™.