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Katie Costello, Owner
RVT - Registered Veterinarian Tech
CPDT-KA - Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed)
ACDBC - Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
CGC Evaluator - AKC Canine Good Citizen

Katie started by working at a local humane society in Youngstown at age 16. This experience, where she went from receptionist, to wildlife rehabilitator, to groomer, ultimately inspired her to become a licensed veterinary technician. She continued to perform technician duties for 15 years while teaching training classes out of other peoples’ businesses before pursuing her dream to focus solely on Dog Behavior.

Katie utilizes her broad spectrum of experience to observe a Dog from many angles, and applies a plan specific to each Dog. She is the prior co-owner of The Learning Dog Training and Enrichment Center, is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Canine Associate Dog Behavior Consultant, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CGC Evaluator, Fear-Free professional, Human-Animal Bond practicioner, ASPCA Behavior Responder, and a Farm Dog judge. She is also the secretary for the national group Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and an Associate Certified Behavior Consultant (ACDBC) with the International Associate of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Katie has published articles in magazines such as Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, Dog World, Animal Wellness, Veterinary Technician, and has been recognized nationally for her writing. She also was sought out to do consulting with a company looking to create a separation anxiety product due to her experience and standing in the dog behavior world that allows her to understand dogs in many ways.  

She is a mentor for the 3 main animal behavior schools: CATCH Behavior College, ABC (Animal Behavior College), and Victoria Stillwell Academy.  


She founded the non-profit group K-9’s for Compassion in 1996, a therapy animal group, which propelled her love of animal behavior through amazing stories she witnessed with the human-animal bond while visiting with her own dogs.

She is also the Co-founder of the non-profit group The Together Journey that raises money to help defer the cost of training service dogs at The Canine Campus for people with disabilities.  

Katie was chosen by CATCH Trainers Academy as one of only 4 regional sites to teach the week long hands-on workshop that is taught twice a year at The Canine Campus.

Katie lives with her husband, veterinarian Dr. Samuel Costello and their daughter Anastiya — a junior dog trainer in training. They share life with a group of amazing animals, who all come from abuse/neglect/rescue situations.

7 dogs
Gracie — Standard Poodle, 14 years old
Ben — Standard Poodle, 9 years old
Theo — Standard Poodle, 7 years old
Sally — Standard Poodle, 6 years old
Daryl -- French Bulldog, 6 years old
Miss Piggy -- French bulldog, 6 years old

5 cats, all domestic shorthair:
Vasilla — 14 years old
Pedro — 17 years old
Liberty – 6 years
Lilith — 8 years old
Carter 1 year old

5 pet farm pigs — The Costello Family are all vegan/vegetarian
Anselmo 12 years old
Thelma 14 months old
Louise 14 months old

3 Roosters — Stefan, Rowan and Leroi
8 hens — Jane, Sasha, Mary Anne, Zelda, Dottie, Winona, Octavia
1 Turkey –Betty White