What do you normally do when you reach a milestone anniversary - you put on a celebration (party), right? Well not Katia Marin of Pampered Paws; she just works even harder. Those who know Katia, aka Kathy, see her as a workaholic and animal lover who puts her ALL in her business. This month she celebrates Pampered Paws’ 15th Anniversary.
Instead of putting on a huge party, Katia Marin, Dog Behaviorist, Master Dog Trainer and owner of San Pedro’s number one training, boarding and grooming facility, heads to Ontario, California to attend the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) Animal Education Conference in a week.
September not only commemorates the 15th anniversary of Pampered Paws, it marks yet another journey in breakthrough animal behavior and advanced training for Kathy. “It is one of the highlights of my year to attend the IACP,” says Marin. “I meet and collaborate with the leaders of animal behavior; greats like Cesar Milan, Joel Silverman, Jeff King and Heather Beck.”
The international conference attracts animal behaviorists and trainers from around the world. The four-day event is hosted by the IACP and covers topics on behavior and training techniques from anxiety to building a bond to understanding aggression. Industry greats Jerry Bradshaw, Ralf Weber, Blake Rodriguez and Heather Beck will be headlining this year’s event.
Marin hopes to take away valuable hands on experience that she can share with clients of Pampered Paws and the staff and volunteers who care for and interact with the animals at Saga Humane Society.
Pampered Paws Celebrates with Give-Aways
Before Kathy can head out on her training adventure, she has a few things to wrap up here at home. On August 22, 2016, Pampered Paws launched a Facebook Contest to commemorate their 15th anniversary on September 17. Since the contest launch, dog owners near and far have been posting their cutest pup pictures to the Pampered Paws Facebook Page hoping to win a full year of free grooming for their pet.
Use Hashtags #pamperedpaws #15yrsanniversary
Posts have come in from as far as Michigan with one owner asking, “If I win, can I also get a place ticket?” The answer is ‘NO’ but pet owners are encouraged to keep sharing their pet photos. The picture with the most “Facebook Likes” wins. The contest ends September 17 and for more details contact Pampered Paws at 226-2227 or like them on Facebook @PamperedPaws.
Pampered Paws is also holding a Raffle this month with prizes that include:
1st Place - $300 Gift Certificate towards Pampered Paws Services
2nd Place - 2 Months Free Power Walk for Dog
About Katia Marin:
Katia Marin, a native of San Pedro, Belize, became a Certified Dog Groomer from Golden Paws Dog Grooming School in Houston, Texas in 2001. Later the same year Marin received her certification as a Master Dog Trainer from Anthony Jerone, renown trainer and owner of the Anthony Jerone School of Dog Training in New York City. In 2011 She became a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) a prestige that only the best in the world achieve.
Katia has attended workshops and training seminars as far away as Florida, California, Utah at the K9Lifeline, the Caribbean for the Caribbean Animal Welfare Conference in Puerto Rico and as far as Mexico and Honduras aboard the Education at Sea Cruise titled 3D Workshop (Dealing with Difficult Dogs) presented by expert trainer Heather Beck.
In 2014 Kathy continued her education with a trip to Cesar Milan’s Dog Psychology Center for the Fundamentals of Dog Behavior and Training Course, where she shadowed the original dog whisperer, Cesar Milan. At home in San Pedro, Kathy overseas a thriving business and devotes her free time to the Saga Society Foundation, Saga Humane Society where she has been a board member since 2001 and is the Director of Animal Well Being.