KISS Dog Training Team
Mike Deathe – Owner and Trainer
I am an avid pet lover who found my passion as a dog trainer in 2008. Since then I have trained thousands of pet parents to better communicate with their dogs.
It all started with a Part-Time job at a local big box pet store after I had quit my “real” job to become a stay at home dad. That turned into a dog training position and then an Area Trainer. As I progressed, I really wanted to help dogs and their humans in their home. Essentially, I wanted to tackle more complicated cases. In 2010, K.I.S.S. Dog Training was born. I am one of the lucky few that found his passion and is able to do it for a living!
However, I am not a dog trainer. I am a people trainer for those who have dogs! What that means to you is simple: If you are looking for someone to train your dog, I am not your guy. Instead, I train humans how to better understand their dogs and how to work WITH them. Sure, I could get your dog to do all sorts of cool stuff, but that won’t help when I am not around.
My view is that positive reinforcement is the best and fastest way to teach a dog, along with resource control in regards the two most important things in Fido’s life: Attention and food. After all, it is hard to teach a dog anything if they are not paying attention!
Please take the time to look at my reviews here on the site, check out the blog (K.I.S.S. Dog Blog) and then decide for yourself. Also please take a look at our Fine Print page; It will let you in on all my policies and things I feel will make your training experience both fun and productive!
You should not make training decisions based off of a brochure. You should talk to at least three trainers; check out their style and get references; then make your choice. In the end, I hope you will choose me as your trainer!
More About Mike
Mike authors the KISS Dog Blog and writes for several local, regional and national magazines. Mike has authored seven books on Dog Training (all available right here), has contributed to countless pet publications and websites, and has been seen on several TV stations to discuss why it is more important to train the owners rather than the dogs!
Mike lives in Shawnee, Kansas and has two human kids, Donovan and Dylan and three four-legged kiddos. Besides being a dad, Mike’s biggest passion is helping individuals communicate better with their dog and watch as both the canines and their companions grow!
Mike’s Qualifications at a Glance:
BA in Psychology from The University of Kansas
Two years, Trainer/Area Trainer for PetSmart
CPDT-KA certification with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Certified Evaluator for AKC, Canine Good Citizen certification
Contributing author to Metro Pet Magazine and Petocracy
Charter Member of HEART (HEARTland Positive Dog Training Alliance)
Karen Engwall – Trainer
My name is Karen Engwall and I am a certified dog trainer. I began my love of teaching in 2015 when I was an elementary school teacher. I enjoyed teaching but I was missing out on my true passion, dogs. So you could say that my students have upgraded from 2 legs to 4. I’d love to work with you and your dog and help mend or create a more enjoyable household.
I am available at various times, but the most common time is in the evening from 6:30-7:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Angela Cramer – Office Manager
Angela Cramer joined KISS Dog Training in 2014 as the office manager. Her love for four-legged kiddos is evident. She is a proud dog mom to Cricket, Lilly and Pearl. Angela loves talking with fellow dog owners and is happy to assist them in getting the training their family needs. Angela’s will be the first voice you hear as you schedule an appointment and get a pre-assessment for our initial meeting. If you have any questions about the services we provide or how to get your family scheduled for a consultation, training or to sign up for group classes, Angela is your first point of contact! firstname.lastname@example.org