Gentle Spirit Dog Training

Creating Lifelong Friendships Through Mutual Understanding and Respect

Gentle Spirit Dog Training was created in 1997.  The name was chosen to portray a dog-friendly training philosophy that uses reward-based techniques.  Over the past 22 years, the company's name and its philosophy have helped many clients with their search for a professional dog trainer.

Kate Gorman, founder of Gentle Spirit Dog Training, has been a trainer and behavior consultant since 1995. Prior to creating Gentle Spirit Dog Training in 1997, Kate began her dog training career at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ.  She is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), an independent certifying organization and the industry leader in defining and maintaining competency in the dog training and behavior profession.  Kate is proud to have achieved the highest certification awarded to dog trainers by the CCPDT.  She is a professional premium member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is a charter member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), from which she is pleased to have achieved Associate level certification.  She was quoted in the APDT's 2010 book Top Tips from Top Trainers. 


Kate is passionate about her work and is committed to using methods that are reward-based, emphasizing positive reinforcement. She regularly attends seminars and workshops to increase her knowledge of dog behavior and to stay current with the latest teaching methods and other related topics.  Her goal is to help pet owners understand their dogs' behavior and give them the tools they need to develop relationships based on communication, trust and mutual respect.  Kate's approach will ensure fun, fast and effective solutions to your training and behavior needs.


Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA)

November 2018

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)
September 2013

Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC)

February 2013

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

November 2002





"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole."    


                                                   Roger Caras