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{Engineering Change Training} 






{About Kassie}

Hi! I'm Kassie!

For a long time, I was in the field of Engineering. I was a design engineer, then an engineering manager, and then Vice President of Engineering at a local manufacturing facility. I trained part time for years, and recently made the leap to full time!

I started my training career with horses in my county's 4-H program, where I became the person that could swing a leg over anyone's horse and fix whatever issue they were struggling with. Over the following years, I trained horses to help pay for college. Horses are my true first passion. When I got my first dog, Abe, that passion transferred to dogs as well. Abe was severely fear aggressive, and I knew that I needed to get a handle on his issues if I wanted to keep him. That started the dive into the rabbit hole of dog training, and I haven't looked back. 

Through my work with rescue horses and rescue dogs, I've developed a love for working with the "problem dogs" and "problem horses" - those that exhibit unwanted or even dangerous behaviors. Figuring out what makes them tick to find the root of the problem is a challenge, and as an Engineer, I love a good challenge. I really pride myself in my ability to "cut the crap" and get to the bottom of a problem by utilizing the same skills that made me successful in my day job in Engineering Management. 

I've studied extensively with professional trainers in the industry and I've used that knowledge to develop my own style and methods to approach training. My main focus is facilitating a strong working relationship between the human and the dog. A strong relationship is the driving force behind cooperative, enjoyable life with your dog. Your dog should work with you because they WANT to, not just because they want the treat you're holding or are scared of the consequences of not listening. I spend 95% of my time teaching the dog what I want them to do through positive reinforcement and reserve the use of punishment/corrections for the rare occasion that they are needed. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and ALWAYS want to keep learning. You can learn something from everyone, but my favorite trainers are the likes of Larry Krohn, Jay Jack, and Chad Mackin, among many others. 

 I am an admitted softie for animals, specifically rescue animals. I currently have 4 horses, 2 miniature horses, 4 goats, 3 dogs, a lot of chickens, and some barn cats. That number is always threatening to grow; I have a very hard time saying no to an animal in need.