DogKind Training

Meet your trainers

  • Kelly Lee - Trainer/Owner
  • Rachelle Wurr - Assistant Trainer
  • Jack Kuklinski - Assistant Trainer
  • Melissa Santogrossi - Assistant Trainer
  • Danielle Tam - Assistant Trainer
  • Rachelle Gagnon - Assistant Trainer
Kelly Lee is an honors graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). She holds a BS in Zoology and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is currently completing a masters certificate in applied behavior analysis. Kelly founded Dogkind to help loving dog families reach their goals with their dogs humanely and effectively. Training philosophy: Dogkind training uses reinforcers like food and toys to increase desired behaviors, and removal of these rewards to let your dog know which behaviors don’t work. Kelly won’t use pain, discomfort, fear, or startling to train your dog. What this means for you is no risk of increased fear or aggression due to choice of training tools. Dogkind provides results-focused training that you and your dog can feel good about.

Rachelle Wurr"Rachele is a UC Davis graduate with a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Communications. She has interned with the Yolo County SPCA for 3 years and gained a lot of experience with fearful and reactive dog behavior. She has helped dogs in shelters as well as in foster homes build confidence and reduce reactivity. She also has an adorable foster pitbull of her own, named Coco, with fear and anxiety struggles. Rachele began working for Dogkind as an assistant trainer in August of 2019. In her free time, Rachele likes to teach her dog Coco new tricks, bake, or perform in musical theatre productions. Her favorite training to do is cute tricks like “spin” or “high five,” which her dog has mastered. But she especially loves to train fearful dogs because it is so exciting when a dog makes progress towards leading a happier, fear-free life."

Jack KuklinskiJack Kuklinski is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Davis pursuing a BS in animal science with a specialization in companion and captive animals. He has worked with the Yolo county SPCA for two and a half years as a dog behavior intern and is most interested in helping fearful dogs, especially those afraid of new people like his own pup, Gracie.
Melissa Santogrossi went to school at UC Davis, planning to pursue a career as a veterinarian, but it wasn't quite the right fit. Instead she graduated with a degree in Plant Science, but quickly realized that plants can't interact with you and they aren't nearly as cute as dogs. She met Kelly when she came out for a consultation with her dog, Bones. He would bark and lunge at anyone that wasn't part of Melissa's family and she was completely frustrated with no idea what to do. As she learned how to help Bones, Melissa was fascinated by learning about dog behavior. She started a dog behavior internship with the Yolo SPCA and was excited to learn even more.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Danielle has been around all sorts of animals and worked them with them her whole life. She realized her passion of working with animals at the age of 6 when she rode a horse for the first time. As a recent graduate in Animal Science from UC Davis, Danielle is currently working on her veterinary technician license, in the aspect towards animal behavior in a clinical setting. She hopes to practice fear free handling/training in a broader sense and educate others in it as well. As of right now, Danielle is an active intern/volunteer with the Yolo County SPCA and helps care for the dogs and cats, including giving medications and vaccinations to the foster animals. She also volunteers as a foster parent for the SPCA all year-round, helping to potty train the young puppies under her care and training them in basic manners like sit and down.
Rachelle GagnonMeet Rachelle, also known as dog mom to the internet famous Billie! Rachelle graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Animal Biology, emphasizing in domestic animal behavior. She fell in love with dog training after interning at the local animal shelter and worked her way up to becoming a lead dog behavior intern. After working closely with Kelly, she began interning with the Yolo County SPCA, helping her lead their dog behavior internship. She has become Kelly’s right hand lady for all things social media and is dedicated to helping harder to work with dogs and their owners. When not working, she can be found taking as many videos and pictures of Billie as possible.

Consumer protection warning: Dog training is an unregulated industry. There are no minimum educational requirements. The American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior has published the following position statements to guide dog owners in choosing a trainer: