Katherine Ostiguy, KPA CTP
Katherine Ostiguy is the co-owner of Crossbones Dog Academy. She has over fifteen years of experience training dogs and raising puppies and started her business in 2010. Katherine's passion for learning about all things canine leads her to pursue continuing education in the form of seminars and lessons with some of the world's top dog trainers. This dedication to the field is evident in the positive way she works with her clients, both of the four-legged and two-legged varieties.
Katherine is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program, a rigorous certification program that requires continuing education and a pledge to train using force-free methods and techniques. She uses clicker training and positive reinforcement to solve problems and train dogs to a high level of reliability.
Katherine has been competing with her dogs in agility, obedience, rally, herding, weight pull, and conformation since 2005 and prioritizes versatility in her dogs. Her first dog, Tessie, earned titles in four sports and was the first English Springer Spaniel to earn a UKC Weight Pull Championship title. Her current competition dog Spark is an AKC & UKC Grand Champion in conformation, has won multiple UKC all-breed Best In Shows, and is one of only a handful of Shetland Sheepdogs to earn both a Grand Championship and Versatility Certificate Excellence (GCH + VCX).
In agility, Spark was the runner up at the 2018 USDAA New England Regional in 16" Steeplechase and won the 2018 Cynosport World Games Grand Prix Quarterfinals in Scottsdale, AZ. Her dog Strata (pictured) was the 2017 USDAA New England Regional Champion in 14" Performance Grand Prix. Katherine travels the country to participate in dog sports and has competed in several AKC and USDAA national championships, national specialty shows, UKC Premier & Top Ten events, and the Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship.
Professional Accreditations & Memberships
- Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), 2010-present
- July 2013 CTP of the Month
- TAGteach International Level 1 Certified, 2016-present
- Mentor, Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy
- Evaluator, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program