About Your Paw School Dog Trainers
As you’ve probably guessed, the Denver Paw School team is made up of self-professed dog lovers, and we take pride in making sure that your dogs are treated just as well as our own! Of course, it takes more than simply loving dogs to become a Paw School trainer; our team knows the ins and outs of reward-based training, and they’re excited to share their knowledge with you and your four-legged friends!
Get To Know Our Local Dog Trainers
Kathy Thorpe, CPDT-KA
Owner & Head Dog Trainer
Kathy has been training dogs formally since 2011, and is a professional member of APDT, The Association Of Professional Dog Trainers.
After a fifteen-year career in corporate marketing, she decided to pursue her passion and began her journey to become a dog trainer. Kathy purchased a dog training franchise in 2011, and continued on to build one of the most successful dog training businesses in Denver. At the end of the franchise agreement, she decided to go solo with a new dog training curriculum, and the result is the Paw School of today.
At home, Kathy currently has two dogs, Wesley and Newman. Pictured here are Newman and her previous boxer-mix, Charlie… who helped get this journey started.
Colleen Tekamp, CPDT-KA
Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Colleen started local dog training with the Denver Paw School team in August of 2015. Prior to that, Colleen spent two and a half years designing and creating instructional media for an equine training company.
Inspired by her work helping people build relationships with their animals, Colleen started attending science-based training seminars and courses and pursuing a career in dog training. Outside of work, Colleen spends her time exploring the Colorado landscape with her rescue-dog, Tobin.
Jess’s love of dogs started early in life, helping her father whelp Vizsla litters. She has a degree in Biology, with a focus in Animal Behavior, and spent time working in a zoo before pursuing her true passion, working with dogs.
Jess spent two years with Fetchers in their daycare and boarding program, before joining the Paw School staff in 2012 to begin her training career. Jess and her dog Sammy compete in Agility and enjoy hiking and camping in Colorado.
Teresa is a CPDT-KA (2007) and NADOI (1998-2005) professionally certified dog trainer and instructor. Teresa has competed in AKC competitions and titled dogs in Obedience, Hunting, Breed, Tracking and Rally events. Her passions for the human-animal bond led to her accomplishing her master degree in Anthrozoology focusing on the psychology of the human-animal bond and advanced animal behavior modification techniques. She has trained service dogs, emotional support animals, hearing and seizure alert dogs and is currently a trainer for Pets for Vets in Denver. In addition to training dogs, she has trained llamas for packing into the backcountry, conducted wildlife research, and trained captive wildlife animals for educational programs.
Teresa enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, dog scootering, skijoring, snowshoeing and kayaking with her husband and Alaskan Malamute, Akira.
Ready To Get Started?
Click Here for information on how to get started in the Paw School program. Sign up for our local classes or schedule a private or in-home session with one of our professional dog trainers and get started training your dog!
Our Fabulous Front Desk Staff
Maezy moved from the Midwest to Colorado in 2007 to follow the call of the mountains. She lived and worked at Keystone ski resort before making the move to the city in 2010. Being an animal advocate and life long dog lover, she found a perfect job with Paw School in 2013.
Mugsy, her French Bulldog has enjoyed learning agility in our classes and working on perfecting his manners. On occasion he comes to Paw School to help in the office, and test out the merchandise. When not working, they enjoy camping and checking out the many reservoirs and lakes Colorado has to offer. Maezy also loves traveling with her family as often as possible, to destinations both near and far!
Olivia has been obsessed with animals all her life and they are the subject of many of her drawings and paintings. She moved all over the U.S. growing up, but lived in Savannah, GA the longest. Graduating from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a focus on illustration and conceptual design, she moved to Colorado in 2014 to be with family. She has a huge passion for nature and learning about animal anatomy.
Growing up with two Old English Sheepdogs, she has been around dogs all her life and has a great appreciation for the nuances in all the different breeds. Alongside Paw School and her freelance art projects, Olivia works as a dog sitter on the side and loves being around animals of all species. She owns a Ball Python named Steve and a Siberian Forest Cat named Lana. She is currently training with her cat on various tricks and obedience commands. She loves hiking, spending time in the mountains, and immersing herself in her artwork.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Alex was always very passionate about animals. She grew up with dogs of all sizes, cats, rodents, and horses. She got her first job as a Dog Nanny for 2 Ridgeback boys at the age of 15 years old. Shortly after, she started working for a Doggy Daycare in Stockholm.
In 2010 she moved to America and met her husband, Bard. She joined the Paw School team in January 2016 and on the side, is working as a dog sitter/dog walker. In her spare time Alex is volunteering as a dog trainer for the Dumb Friends League here in Denver. Due to her living situation, Alex doesn’t have a dog but has a cat, Fur Elise, and is teaching her obedience and agility skills.
Whether you are looking at correcting dog behavior problems or have a new puppy and are looking to find a great local dog trainer, give us a call! (303) 578-8701
1165 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
1/2 mile south of I-25
1st floor of the Windsor at Broadway Station
Retail parking behind the building