GUS BUTTOLPH

Office Manager / Certified Dog Trainer

Gus is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College. His extensive background in dog handling and care began at age 10, when he started his own dog walking and pet sitting business in Princeton, NJ. Gus’ passion for dog training came in early adulthood after adopting a rescue dog with behavioral issues. Learning how to help his dog inspired Gus to become a trainer, the eventual goal to help others create successful relationships with their dogs, whether a puppy, adult dog, or rescue.

Having started as an apprentice trainer with Kate Perry, Gus is now the co-teacher of all KPDT’s classes: Puppy & Adolescent Socialization, Basic Obedience, and Tricks, earning him the appropriate title of “Puppy Professor.” He is also the office manager and social media content creator for KPDT, and has been with the team for over 13 years.

Gus’ Specialities: Private Training of new puppies and rescues, Basic Obedience, and Leash Work.

SHERRI BOHLIG

Certified Dog Trainer

Sherri is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College. She began an intensive hands-on mentorship with Kate Perry in 2006 and has been a member of the KPDT Team ever since. In addition to private training, Sherri co-teaches all of KPDT’s group classes: Puppy & Adolescent Socialization, Basic Obedience, and Tricks.

Sherri has always been passionate about animals and grew up with an assortment of them, including dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and an iguana. Sherri lives with her wife, Heike, their yellow Labrador, Whisper, 2 cats, Indigo and Pascal, and 3 parakeets, lovingly referred to as “The Zoo.”

Sherri’s Specialties: Private Training of new puppies and rescues, Behavior Modification (separation anxiety, barking, jumping, doorbell excitement, etc.), Leash Work, and General Anxiety.

Courtney Caldwell

Apprentice Trainer

Courtney Caldwell grew up just outside of Tampa, FL. She attended the University of South Florida, after which she relocated to NYC, drawn to its culture and opportunities.

Courtney found her NYC family in the restaurant industry, but always felt like she could do more for those among us without a voice. She feels truly fulfilled helping our furry friends reach their highest potential, and can’t wait to meet your pupper too!

Courtney has always been an animal lover, growing up with dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, you name it! Her hobbies include singing, playing the guitar, spending time outdoors, and watching anything science fiction with her nerdy husband, Mike. They live on the Upper West Side with their 3 year-old rescue, Josie.

Courtney has been with the KPDT team for over 2 years. She is an assistant trainer in all level classes with KPDT, and also provides reinforcement training walks with more intense behavioral cases.

JOANNE ADAMIS

Certified Dog Trainer

Joanne’s love of dogs began at an early age when she visited her uncle’s farm, and observed his dogs watching over his farm animals: goats, sheep, and chickens. Over the years, her fondness for animals transitioned into wanting to be a dog trainer. This was due in large part to a pup named Petey; a Staffordshire Terrier!

Having completed her apprenticeship with KPDT, Joanne graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2019 and received her dog training certification. She has now been with the KPDT team for over 3 years. Joanne assists with private training sessions, as well as working alongside Kate in all KPDT classes.

CANDACE DICONZA COLE

Certified Dog Trainer

Candace is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College. A New York native, she now lives in Fairfield County, CT with her husband, two daughters, and two rescue pups. Candace worked as an early childhood teacher and teaching specialist for several years before graduating with honors from Animal Behavior College.

Candace is currently working on certifications in Pet Message and Pet Nutrition to further her education. She is also an active volunteer at city shelters, assisting with the overall care of the dogs, including walks, kennel cleaning, bathing, and supervising meet & greets between dogs and potential adopting parents.

Candace is based primarily in CT, but regularly returns to the city to work with the KPDT Team.

KATI RICHER

Certified Dog Trainer

Kati Richer is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College. She has been a trainer with the KPDT Team since 2016, assisting at all level group classes and private sessions.

Kati has always had a strong love for animals and has been involved in the NYC dog community since moving here in 2015. She is an active dog foster and volunteers at local shelters in her spare time. Kati now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Sam, and their dog, Gromit. When not training dogs, Kati works at The New York Times.