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Life & Work with Kate Godfrey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Godfrey.

Hi Kate, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started my career in the pet industry with dog walking and pet sitting while I was in college at UNF. Upon graduation, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, a friend suggested I do dog walking and pet sitting full time until I figured it out. I’ve always loved animals, especially dogs, so it was a natural fit. As fortune would have it I met two dog trainers who encouraged me to go through Animal Behavior College. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting, working with, and learning from all sorts of dog trainers. Training is a journey, not a destination (I cannot take credit for this quote as another trainer said to it me). I’ve evolved as a trainer and realize I’ve got lots more to learn, which is incredibly exciting.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t exactly call the road smooth, the struggle is where growth happens and I welcome that. The biggest struggle for me thus far was switching from being what is called a “force-free, positive” trainer into a “balanced” trainer. My young Rottweiler, Heidi, required me to learn new techniques. This was not an easy decision but has been the best decision I have ever made as a trainer. I now have a more rounded view of how we work with dogs and address various issues. I wouldn’t change anything on this journey because I wouldn’t be where and who I am today if I did.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a dog trainer and run my business. I specialize in teaching people how to work with their dogs. I am proud of the number of dogs and handlers I have helped over the years. The fact that I’ve come from a primarily positive camp gives me some insight into how we can change behavior with rewards-based training. However, I’ve learned firsthand that a balanced approach is best for some dogs. In reality, isn’t all of life about finding balance? I’m currently in the process of becoming a Certified Nose Work Instructor, which is very exciting.

What matters most to you? Why?
The relationship between dog and handler is what matters most to me. If the relationship is not there or is not steady, training can only do so much. I want people to enjoy their dogs for who they are not and try to force a square into a circle. Believe, I’ve been there and it’s not fun for either party.

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Stout Photo Studios | Jessica Stout (first two photos in white shirt)

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