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Meet the Owner

Kate started KC-K9 Academy because she wanted to offer people and their dogs a new method of training. Attention, relationship and reward based training.

Kate, has been working with dogs since the age of 10 as a junior handler with AKC. She started grooming professionally at 18 years old and still uses these skills to help in her training programs. She also attended college to study as a Veterinary Technician. 

During her career as a trainer, she was one of the top obedience trainers within a large nationwide company with the top performing Border Collie in the company. She currently is involved in dog sports with her her two Border Collies as well as her two Belgian Malinois/Border Collie mixes, her Lab and her Dutch Shepherd, including disc, dock diving, scent detection and protection sport. She has competed with many of her dogs in a variety of sports...including her Border Collie in protection. 


Kate specializes in drive building for sport and working dogs, aggression, diet and nutrition with emphasis on PLAY AND RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. She also coaches owners on raw feeding, puppy raising and is also Pet Food and Raw Food Nutrition Certified. 


Owning a dog is an amazing and rewarding experience, but also a responsibility, not a luxury. Training your dog properly will lead you to a greater relationship with your dog. One being that of understanding and respect. She will immerse you fully in the training process, and with this attention based approach, she finds that owners end up learning as much, if not more, than their dogs. 

Kate Bucci, Owner

KC-K9 Academy is the proud training company of the Lake Country DockHounds- Bat Dogs Colt and Kovu!


Kate and her dog Colt appeared on Season 3 episode 4 of A&E's America's Top Dog!

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"Kate and her team are absolutely the best trainers I have ever used"

My dog was 5 months old when she started at KC-K9. They have helped mold Lucy into the dog she is now. They have also given and continue to give me the tools that I need to work with her at home. The continued group training is awesome. I have seen progress with not only my dog, but with dogs that we started going to group with months ago.


- Nicki L.


"She really cares about the well being of your dog as if they are her own dogs."

"Best trainer I have ever been to. I have a Shiba Inu and not every trainer can deal with the breed but Kate was amazing with him!!! He is now off leash and is doing amazing! She really cares about the well being of your dog as if they are her own dogs."

- Sarah S.

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