About Our Dog Trainers
Katherine Ostiguy, KPA CTP
Katherine Ostiguy is the co-owner of Spring Forth Dog Academy. She has over fifteen years of experience training dogs and raising puppies. Katherine's passion for learning about all things canine leads her to pursue continuing education in the form of seminars and lessons with some of the world's top dog trainers. This dedication to the field is evident in the positive way she works with her clients, both of the four-legged and two-legged varieties.
Katherine is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program, a rigorous certification program that requires continuing education and a pledge to train using force-free methods and techniques. She uses clicker training and positive reinforcement to solve problems and train dogs to a high level of reliability.
Katherine has been competing with her dogs in agility, obedience, rally, weight pull, and conformation since 2005. Her accomplishments include multiple dog agility national championship event appearances, regional championship event finals, two Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship appearances, and multiple earned championship titles including the first English Springer Spaniel to earn a United Kennel Club Weight Pull Championship.
Professional Accreditations & Memberships
- Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
- TAGteach International Primary Level Certified
- Mentor, Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy
- Evaluator, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program
- The Lady Project PVD Member
Daniel Lombard is the other half of Spring Forth Dog Academy. After four years as a professional dog walker, Dan is now assisting Katherine with training dogs full-time. His quiet nature and endless patience brings even the most reserved, shy dogs out of their shells. His goatee makes him quite the "puppy magnet!"
Dan is a graduate of Norfolk County Agricultural High School and is Pet First Aid certified through the American Red Cross. He recently began taking lessons in herding and is enjoying the process of teaching his Shetland Sheepdogs to work stock. His young dog Anthem shows a ton of potential in the sport of dog agility, winning her first three consecutive Novice Jumpers classes!
JoAnna Ferraris, ANWI
JoAnna Ferraris joined Spring Forth in October 2014. In addition to running her pet sitting business, Athena's Angels Pet Care, she is also an experienced group class instructor and has six years experience working as a veterinary technician.
JoAnna has a BS in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island. She completed the Karen Pryor Academy Foundations Program and is eagerly pursuing more continuing education opportunities. She keeps busy training her Miniature Australian Shepherd "Windsor" and Chinese Crested "Flitwick" for Nosework and agility competitions.
JoAnna is currently in the process of becoming a certified K9 Nose Work instructor and as of August 2017 has earned the Associate Nose Work Instructor (ANWI) designation.
Charles is a graduate of Syracuse University and spent most of his professional career in the corporate and educational world. He began working with dogs six years ago and quickly made a career transition. Charles dedicated himself to working and learning with well-respected and experienced positive reinforcement/force-free trainers and animal behaviorists throughout the Boston area. He has spent the last five years as a trainer in Boston, Providence, and the Washington, DC areas. Charles enjoys working with difficult dogs and specializes in reactive dogs, helping give some relief, insight and optimism to struggling owners.
Charles is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). He also works at Operation Delta Dog, a Massachusetts-based non-profit training service dogs for veterans.
After working in various IT roles for almost 20 years, John decided to take his love of working with animals full time. He joined Spring Forth in July of 2015 as a training assistant after attending several group classes here with his rescued Golden Retriever, Abby.
His past volunteer work includes Roger Williams Park Zoo Docent, Dog Program Assistant at Providence Animal Rescue League, and Foster Parrots Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Hope Valley, RI where he helped care for almost 500 exotic birds. He also works at West Place Animal Sanctuary in Tiverton, RI working on various farm projects, assisting with the sanctuary's permanent residents, and aiding in the rehabilitation of injured wildlife.
John is also Pet CPR Certified and is a mentor to a student from The Metropolitan Regional High School. John is currently a student in the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Professional program.
Casey Leigh Raposa
Casey came to Spring Forth in August 2016 and has perhaps the most interesting background of all our team members! She left Johnson & Wales University after realizing the culinary scene wasn't for her. She went to Africa for six weeks and volunteered at an animal preserve, caring for lions and tigers. Upon returning home, she held a variety of volunteer and paid positions locally at Roger William Park Zoo, Buttonwood Zoo, and Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island. From there, she did a two year exotic animal training apprenticeship with T.I.G.E.R.S (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species).
Casey has worked with tigers, lions, lynxes, wolves, gibbons, chimps, leopards, an elephant, and more as a result of her exotic animal positions. She is currently enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course and is Pet First Aid certified. She has a senior Rat Terrier named Hunter and a brand new Australian Cattle Dog mix puppy named Nimbus - yes, after the Harry Potter broomstick!
Casey is currently a student in the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Professional program.
Sierra joined the Spring Forth team in August 2016. She has a degree in Biology from University of Rhode Island and after spending four years in the research field, she is now following her lifelong passion for animals. As a child, she kept a variety of animals including ferrets, cats, snakes, turtles, and a Siberian Husky.
Sierra is a proud graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course and is interested in becoming a professional animal trainer. She is Pet First Aid certified. Sierra does not have a dog at this time - she's pictured with a couple of her favorite Day School pups! - but is looking forward to someday owning a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.