Meet Your Trainers 

Kelly Lee

Kelly is an honors graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers. She earned her Certificate there in Training and Counseling (CTC). She holds a BS in Zoology and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Kelly is currently completing a masters degree in applied behavior analysis. Ms. Lee founded Dogkind to help loving dog families reach their goals with their dogs humanely and effectively. 

Training philosophy: Dogkind training uses reinforcers like food, toys, attention and play to increase desired behaviors in order to replace problem behaviors. Dogkind trainers don't use pain, fear, or startling to train your dog. What this means for you is no risk of increased fear or aggression due to choice of training tools. Dogkind provides results-focused training that you and your dog can feel good about.

Rachele Wurr

Rachele is a UC Davis graduate with a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Communications. She interned with the Yolo County SPCA for 3 years and gained experience with fearful and reactive dog behavior. Rachele has helped dogs in shelters as well as in foster homes build confidence and reduce reactivity.

She also has an adorable foster pitbull of her own, named Coco, with fear and anxiety struggles. Rachele began working for Dogkind as an assistant trainer in August of 2019. In her free time, Rachele likes to teach her dog Coco new tricks, bake, or perform in musical theatre productions. Her favorite training to do is cute tricks like “spin” or “high five,” which her dog has mastered. But she especially loves to train fearful dogs because it is so exciting when a dog makes progress towards leading a happier, fear-free life."

Jack Kuklinski

Jack is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Davis. He is pursuing a BS in animal science with a specialization in companion and captive animals. Jack worked with the Yolo county SPCA for two and a half years as a dog behavior intern and is most interested in helping fearful dogs. He is especially enthusiastic about those afraid of new people like his own pup, Gracie.

Lauren Chen

Lauren attended The Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned a Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC).
Prior to dog training, she worked as a software engineer while volunteering on the weekend at a local animal shelter and fostering dogs. She continues to work with shelter dogs as a volunteer and especially enjoys working with newly adopted dogs.

She lives in the Portland, Oregon area with her husband and three adopted dogs: Bane Buttercup, Bodhi and Baloo.

Lauren provides privates consults and training support for families with fearful, reactive, and aggressive dogs. She is the latest addition to the Dogkind team. 

Melissa Santogrossi

Melissa went to school at UC Davis, planning to pursue a career as a veterinarian but it wasn't  the right fit. Instead she graduated with a degree in Plant Science, but quickly realized that plants can't interact with you and they aren't nearly as cute as dogs. She met Kelly when she came out for a consultation with her dog, Bones.

He would bark and lunge at anyone that wasn't part of Melissa's family and she was completely frustrated with no idea what to do. As she learned how to help Bones, Melissa was fascinated by learning about dog behavior. She started a dog behavior internship with the Yolo SPCA and was excited to learn even more.

Rachelle Gagnon

Meet Rachelle, also known as dog mom to the internet famous Billie! Rachelle graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Animal Biology, emphasizing in domestic animal behavior. As a result, she fell in love with dog training after interning at the local animal shelter and worked her way up to becoming a lead dog behavior intern. After working closely with Kelly, she began interning with the Yolo County SPCA, helping her lead their dog behavior internship. She has become Kelly’s right hand lady for all things social media and is dedicated to helping harder to work with dogs and their owners. When not working, she can be found taking as many videos and pictures of Billie as possible.

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