Meet The Trainer

Kathy Medel, the owner and head trainer of DogStar Training NJ, has over 25 years of experience raising, training, and showing dogs.
Kathy is a certified dog trainer through the International Association of Canine Professionals and is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

--Kathy is also a certified trainer, evaluator and handler with Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs
--A certified trainer/evaluator for
--AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy,  AKC Canine Good Citizen
--AKC Canine Community Canine, AKC Trick Dog titles
--AKC Certified Novice Level Fit Dog Instructor and      DogStar Training NJ is the home of the official AKC DogStar Training NJ Fit Dog Club

Kathy is also a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College and CATCH Trainer Academy.

Kathy has been involved with Greyhound rescue and fostered and trained Greyhounds for many years. In addition to showing in AKC Conformation classes her family’s Great Danes and her own Basenji and competing in Rally & Scentwork with her smooth-coated collies.

The current “team” of demo dogs at DogStar Training NJ includes three smooth coated collies, Abby, the tri-color, Ziva, the sable and Nell, the blue merle. They’re looking forward to meeting and working with your dog!

DogStar Training NJ’s philosophy is that everyone who opens their heart and home to a dog deserves the enjoyment they were hoping for, and every dog deserves the skills needed to live a happy and rewarding life with their human family.


We love to share and show off our wonderful clients!

Practicing for AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation

Having fun with Scentwork

Therapy Dogs Come In All SIZES

Group Classess

Learning Settle

Making New Friends

Graduation Day!

Outdoor Fun

Family Fun at Training

Agility for Fun

Another Cautious To Confident Success Story

Novice Trick Dog Title

What's Next?

Louie's Wall of Fame

The rest of the DogStar Training NJ staff