About Fluff in the Forest
Force-free training for busy pet parents
"Rewards-based training delivers the most effective and long-lasting results, without the detrimental side-effects of punishment."
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Position Statement on Humane Dog Training
Meet your guide
Kaeli Grotz, KPA CTP
Kaeli (she/they) is here to help you and your dog live your best lives together.
She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and invests in regular ongoing education in up-to-date, ethical, evidence-based training.
In her first career, Kaeli taught and trained humans of all ages for over a decade. Her journey as a dog trainer began with helping her own reactive dog.
Kaeli might be the right trainer for you if:
You're ready to stop worrying about what you "should" be doing, and instead do what feels good for you and your dog.
You enjoy learning "why", not just what to do, so that you don't need to rely on a trainer forever.
- You're overwhelmed, neurodivergent, chronically ill, or have other accessibility needs.
Kaeli knows how it feels to live with a dog who struggles in the city, and she's here to help; without judging you, your dog, or your messy kitchen.
When she’s not spending time with your dog, Kaeli is probably in the forest with her sheltie, Freya, and her rock-climber husband, Dave.
We are positive.
We're committed to clear communication, freedom from fear, and meeting needs - for dogs and their people. We empower our human learners to reinforce the behaviour they want and build deep trust with their dogs.
We are urbanist.
Cities can be fun, sustainable and dynamic places to share our lives with our dogs – when we have the right skills. We should lessen the stress of crowds, noises and small spaces for our dogs and ourselves.
We adventure responsibly.
With access to nature comes the responsibility to keep ourselves safe and to respect others. We honour the unceded Indigenous lands on which we live and explore, and work to preserve them for future generations.