Meet the Crew

Patrice Kuiken
Owner/Founder
© Uhli Photography 2015
© Uhli Photography 2015

Patrice Kuiken has been passionate about animals, and especially dogs, ever since she was a little girl. This passion found a direction after volunteering for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and attending CU Boulder to obtain a degree in Psychology. There she found the joy of using force-free dog training to help improve the behavior of shelter dogs, making them more adoptable. She worked with many dogs over the years at the Humane Society and was always thrilled when they found their forever home.

Fueled with a passion for helping dogs and their owners build a better bond and learn how to communicate with one another, Patrice began reading every dog training book she could get her hands on, as well as attending seminars on a variety of dog training topics. Patrice worked at a doggy day care through college and worked as a dog trainer at a local pet store after graduation. She already has over 10 years of experience working with a wide variety of dogs.

Patrice enjoys spending her free time with her furry family member, Finnegan the Aussie. Born around the new year of 2013, this tenacious pup has been a joy and one of the best teachers she could have ever hoped for. She is thrilled to be able to launch In Good Paws Dog Training to be able to share her passion with those who are seeking help with their own dogs.

As a company, In Good Paws Dog Training strives to provide the most up to date, effective and humane training methods possible. Patrice is always seeking to further her knowledge in dog behavior, knowing that everything she learns is another tool in her belt to aid her clients. Her goal is to help every owner she works with develop a deeper bond and an increased line of communication with their dog. Patrice is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild; she regularly attends webinars hosted by these organizations to continue to build her skills to provide her clients with the best dog training out there.  She is also enrolled in The Academy for Dog Trainers, a prestigious organization that accepts only the most dedicated trainers (it’s also known as the Harvard of dog training!)

Her specialty is young/adolescent, out of control dogs, and reactive dogs whose owners are at their wits’ end. Having raised such a wild youngster herself, she understands the frustrations and difficulties that owners face with difficult dogs. Patrice teaches with passion and patience and works hard to help her clients achieve their goals.

Kara Polansky
Dog Trainer
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Kara has over 15 years’ experience working with dogs in a wide variety of settings. She transitioned from animal hobbyist to professional by working in boarding kennels, vet clinics, and training family dogs at pet stores. While studying human and animal learning/behavior in college, Kara was trained and selected to be a Puppy Raiser for a service dog organization, which she later led as the Senior Puppy Raiser Supervisor. Kara’s current professional life includes being an educator and working with exotic animals through AZA-accredited zoos, in addition to dog training. Kara combines her knowledge of animal care innovations from these varied fields to coach you to better understand your dog’s communication, their needs, and how to fulfill them in a way that works for everyone involved. She is a an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed), and enjoys growing her knowledge and staying up-to-date on the latest research in animal behavior and welfare through a variety of Continuing Education courses each year.

Kara shares her home with 4 dogs and 3 cats who are permanent residents, and an ever-changing cast of foster cats and dogs–many of which she helps through behavioral challenges–while waiting for their “forever homes”.  She trains and dabbles in competition for K9 Nose Work, Agility, Rally, and other dog sports. When she’s not training critters or working to learn more about them, she can often be found sharing time with them in the Colorado outdoors.

Her specialties include behavior modification for shy/fearful, as well as over-the-top, out of control, and reactive dogs of all ages, especially terriers and herding breeds. Having lived with and loved many of these dogs through her life, Kara excels at directing their energy and intelligence in ways that the dog and owner can agree upon. Her greatest joy is coaching dog owners to develop and implement new ways of interacting and being with their dogs so their worlds can grow bigger together.