About Pup and Me

Katie Schalk, owner of Life With Pup, LLC, and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), is excited to offer dog training services in Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. Life With Pup, LLC, offers in-home private lessons to dog owners in the community, group classes in puppy socialization and basic obedience, and day training and enrichment visits for those with too little time to spare.

Katie graduated from Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional program in November 2016. She has a passion for training dogs and helping people connect with their animal companions. Katie is happiest when she can cultivate connection, understanding, and respect between people and their dogs.

Katie rediscovered an early love of animal training when she adopted Rio, a spunky working Labrador. Rio demanded creativity and diligence in training, as well as a re-examination of priorities. Thus, Katie’s passion for dog behavior and clicker training was reborn. She continued her education in all things “dog” by working with the Austin Humane Society while she was still studying physics in graduate school at the University of Texas. Soon afterward Katie gave up physics in favor of studying something warmer and fuzzier. Rio invited Katie to begin to explore a more peaceful, purposeful, and playful way of life. He continues to extend that invitation every day!

After moving to Dayton, Ohio, with her partner Kavir (and their dog Rio, of course) Katie started work at Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic for Pet Health and Enrichment, in their daycare and training department. In 2017, she opted to devote herself full-time to her obsession with dogs and behavior by opening her own training business, Life With Pup, LLC.

Katie is excited to offer private lessons to dog/human teams in the Dayton, Ohio, community and surrounding areas. She also offers group classes in puppy socialization, basic obedience, fun and games, and connecting with dogs!

Services Offered:
  • In-home private lessons with customized training plans
  • Group classes in basic obedience (or basic cooperation!) and puppy socialization
  • Day training and enrichment visits in your home while you work


He barked at owls.
Rio’s first backpacking adventure — Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


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