......I worked alongside Cathy for five years as a volunteer handler with Freedom Service Dogs. Cathy is an amazing dog trainer, whether it be training a service dog, a therapy dog or a well-behaved pet. I learned so much working with Cathy and would not be a volunteer handler were it not for her. With all I learned from Cathy and with her assistance, my timid dog, Luca, is now a certified therapy dog. Cathy is not only a great dog trainer, she is very, very committed to her clients and to the dogs. She has good dog-training knowledge, skills and techniques as well as energy, enthusiasm and ethics.
Lori and Luca
.....As a volunteer at Freedom Service Dogs I watched as Cathy took numerous "plain old ordinary" shelter dogs and turned them into incredibly talented service dogs. I had the honor of fostering one of these dog during her training. We went everywhere together. It was amazing to experience the dedication, skills and intelligence Cathy was able to bring out in all of her dogs. She is truly an amazing trainer, fully dedicating herself to both the dog and her clients.Cathy trained my dog, Maebe, to assist me with my PTSD, and worked with me as I learned the skills I needed to ensure a successful partnership. She’s accessible, personable, professional, and extremely knowledgeable, and I’m very grateful for both her time and talents.Cathy trained my dog, Maebe, to assist me with my PTSD, and worked with me as I learned the skills I needed to ensure a successful partnership. She’s accessible, personable, professional, and extremely knowledgeable, and I’m very grateful for both her time and talents.
......It is my honor and privilege, to take a few moments to commend you; not only on your supernatural gift in training service dogs, but also on your passion, professionalism, and friendship! As a senior executive military leader in the medical community, I internalize the importance of providing superior service to each and every customer, no matter their status. During our interactions, you were firm, knowledgeable, witty, down to earth, and at all times, professional. I THANK YOU for treating me with great respect throughout the entire process: accepting Wicks, training with Wicks, transitioning Wicks from your agency to my home, and following up with us several times a month. Because of your dedicated efforts and Wicks now at my side, my quality of life significantly improved.
......Cathy has been my son Michael's dog (Fender) trainer for the past 7 years when she was a trainer at Freedom Service Dogs (FSD) and she has been fantastic. She was the original trainer who prepared Fender for his certification as a service dog for my disabled son. She has also trained myself and my son to tune up or correct any wayward behavior that Fender exhibited. Everyone who meets Fender is amazed at how well trained he is. My daughter is currently using Cathy to train her 10 month old puppy and is very satisfied with her dog's progress. I highly recommend Cathy for your dog.
Blake was placed with Ziggy and life has been an adventure for the two of them. Cathy opened a world to our family that we did not think was possible.
We continue to encourage our friends, family and significant needs community to contact Cathy if they want a very supportive training experience.
The Cook Family
.....Cathy is my service dog Mullen's trainer and I assure anyone she is the best. She gave me and my family the best gift possible, Mullen. He has shown us how to love again as well as start to gain my independence towards my recovery with combat ptsd. I would highly recommend Cathy Kowalski to anyone looking to have their dog trained for any kind of of needs such as a service dog, a dog for the blind, therapy, balance and brace, or just a well trained dog. Cathy can do it all great.