McKenna Rosser, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB
Founder of Underdogs: Dog Training & Behavior
McKenna pictured on the left with Floyd, has had a desire to make a difference in the lives of animals throughout her entire life. Her professional career working with animals began in 2012 when she began working as a certified veterinary assistant.
After 4 years in veterinary medicine and working with her own reactive dog, she decided that her interest in animal behavior needed to be explored further. In 2016, she began working at a local daycare and boarding facility. McKenna was given the opportunity to work with dogs from all walks of life – all with temperaments and training needs unique to their individual needs. It wasn’t long before she decided to pursue a career in dog training & behavior.
McKenna has found that her passions include working with dogs who struggle with fearfulness, shyness, reactivity and aggression. She finds the work rewarding and truly enjoys working with owners who need guidance and support while rehabilitating their dogs. Her training methods are force-free and focus on making training fun for both parties – the humans and the dogs!
Education has been the most important aspect of McKenna’s journey in becoming a dog trainer. Listening to podcasts, taking a wide range of online courses, attending webinars, workshops and reading all about canine behavior really helps ground her in her day-to-day life. She’s learned a lot based on her own experiences, self-study and has learned a great deal of information from fellow dog trainers who possess the same core values as she does.
2019 was a monumental year for McKenna:
- June 2019: Completed the University of Washington’s Applied Animal Behavior Certification program, earning her UW-AAB title.
- September 2019: Earned title of CPDT-KA through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers
- October 2019: Became a Fear Free Certifed Professional through Fear Free Pets
McKenna has made it her priority to educate her community on how to live happily & healthily with our canine companions by informing humans on what can be done to give their dogs a behaviorally-well quality of life. She feels education of the public is one of the most crucial steps to developing a well-rounded community for the dogs and humans that live within it.
In her spare time she:
- Participates in Whatcom Humane Society’s Reading Buddies Program with her dog, Floyd.
- Works with dog selective dogs in Hyline Hotel for Dogs’ daycare program.
- Spends time working with her own dogs, Floyd & Nelson.
- Fosters, trains and socializes dogs who are looking for their forever homes.
- Continues her own education through the minds of her clients and through the great minds of the dog training world.