Meet the Trainer
Carolyn Cabot is a certified Master Dog Trainer who graduated from both the Professional and Master Dog Trainer programs at the Tom Rose School in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also a licensed Veterinary Technician with over 15 years of experience in the fields of small and large animal medicine.
Carolyn’s passion for dog training began with her first mix breed dog she adopted when she was 14 years old. She trained him to be an animal assisted therapy dog, and the two of them enjoyed many years of visiting nursing homes and the local mental health hospital to spend time with patients. In the years since then, she has been involved with fostering dogs that with a little training were able to find great forever homes. She decided to turn her passion for dog training into a career in January, 2014, when she attended the Tom Rose School. While in the Professional Trainer program, Carolyn accomplished something very few students in the history of the school have been able to do. She achieved an excellent rating, also known as a “V”-rating, in the program. This means she passed all of her graduation requirements with an overall average of 96% or better. Those requirements included multiple written tests, pet obedience requirements, and working dog/competition training requirements. This is an extremely difficult rating to achieve in general, and Carolyn did it in 21 weeks. She also excelled in the Master Trainer program where she furthered her knowledge of tracking, specific odor detection, advanced obedience, cadaver detection, and search and rescue.
To date, Carolyn has trained well over 1,000 dogs, the majority of which have had serious behavior issues. She has a soft spot for working with insecure, fearful dogs who gain a new lease on life through an intensive training and behavior modification program. Carolyn enjoys helping clients learn how to clearly and effectively communicate with their dogs, so that everyone can experience the same joy she feels with a well trained dog in her life.
Carolyn enjoys a break from training dogs by studying genetics and furthering her Labrador retriever breeding program. Carolyn has been involved with breeding dogs for the past 16 years. She originally started out breeding the Cane Corso, which is a type of Italian Mastiff. Her current breeding program of field line Labradors has been in the works for the last 7 years. Check out the link here to learn more about GLK9 Labradors.
If she isn't breeding and training dogs, Carolyn also teaches the health and nutrition courses for Top Tier K9's Academy for Dog Trainers. Check out this link to learn more about TTK9, and everything we have to offer. She enjoys teaching new trainers all she can about how to provide the highest quality of care for their dogs.
In 2019, Carolyn was nominated for, and won, the Simply The Best -Trainer Award through the Record Eagle in Traverse City, Michigan. She appreciates the support of the community which has allowed her business to grow more rapidly than she could've imagined!
Currently, Carolyn and her husband, Rick, share their lives with one Belgian Malinois, ten British Labrador Retrievers, three English Bulldogs, and a Great Dane.
Carolyn and Ice with director Brett Pierce at the Traverse City Film Festival premiere of the Pierce brother's movie, "The Wretched."
Check out this video of Carolyn
This video features Carolyn working with her two Belgian Malinois, Ice and Nikki. At the time of filming, Ice was approximately 10 months old and Nikki was close to 8 months old. This short film showcases several of the many skills Carolyn is capable of teaching a dog. Enjoy!