Meet the Trainer

Meet the Trainer

Kathy Medel

Kathy Medel, the owner and head trainer of DogStar Training, has over 25 years 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, as well as certified trainer/evaluator for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen & AKC Canine Community Canine. Kathy is also a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College.

“My first babysitter was a dog!” Kathy explains. “My mother used to put me in my carriage outside our home with the family dog, Tippy, who was a Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd dog mix. She would lie quietly beside the carriage, but if a non-family member would approach she’d jump up and watch them to be sure they didn’t approach the carriage.”

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. Her beloved Lab, Torre, pictured here passed in July 2014 but baby Ziva a sable smooth-coated collie, has joined the pack will be joining her "sisters" Koda and Abby as training assistants in the near future.

Kathy’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.