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photo of Katrin and her dog NicheKatrin Andberg Hawkins, CBCC-KA, CDBC

I have been heavily involved in the dog community since 1994.  Many years ago, Maplewood Dog Training began as Maplewood Animal Care & Training, a small dog walking and pet sitting business and as my education and experience grew it became the quality and respected dog behavior consulting and training program it is today.  Over the past 20 years, my work experiences and education in the veterinary, canine care, behavior and training fields have allowed me to pull from a wide range of resources to assist clients in reaching their training and behavior goals.  

I am committed to education and believe that knowledge empowers both my clients and their dogs to embrace positive behavior change and find lasting results.  That commitment also includes a dedication to educating myself and remaining current on behavior science research.  As a certified behavior consultant, I frequently attend behavior and training continuing education events to maintain various professional certifications and memberships.  I also thoroughly enjoy assisting aspiring future dog trainers enhance their education and gain experience through various mentor opportunities. 

Painting of Tom a black labrador golden retriver cross by Katrin Andberg

Over the past decades, many different dogs of varying breeds and mixes, have come through my life and home.  Some from rescue or re-home situations, some from breeders; some as puppies, and some as adults.  Many arrived with various behavior complaints, and all of my dogs, past, present and those to future come, have been the best teachers I could ever ask for.  Currently Tom, a retriever cross from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, an organization that MDT supports, and Zora, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, are our resident canine family members.  Tom enjoys going on walks, working and keeping Katrin from walking into stuff, and  Zora is maturing into a lovely dog, and excellent agility competitor.

I've been involved in the sport of canine dog agility (obstacle course) since 1997 and currently compete at the Elite level with Zora.  In 2017 we earned 3 NATCHes, our Triple Triple and were the Elite Standard Small Dog Champion at NADAC Championships, with Zora just barely 3 years old.  Over the years I've been involved in all aspects of the sport from organizing competitions, to traveling the country judging, to teaching foundations through advanced lessons and of course training and competing with my own dogs.  My primary agility experience and training has been with NADAC style agility, especially with building solid independent obstacle performance and handling skills at a distance, which are beneficial no matter what venue you compete in AKC, USDAA, CPE and others.  In my work with students I stress how key the relationship between dog and handler is for successfully negotiating any course and work with clients to build trusting, clear, consistent communication with their dog on and off the agility field. 

When time allows I also attend obedience and rally competitions.  My foundation as a canine professional is in canine behavior as well as in dog competition sports.  In my spare time, I also paints in the oils medium. You can see some of my work at Paintings by K. Andberg or on Facebook. As with other aspects of my life, dogs are my favorite subject to paint.

Professional Certifications:


Competition Accomplishments (with past & present dogs):

Zora (cardigan welsh corgi, 2014-present)

  • NATCH 2 (NADAC Agility Trial Champion)
  • Versatility NATCH
  • All Around NATCH
  • Winner of the Elite Standard Small Dog Division at 2017 NADAC Championships in OH
  • Invitation to 2017 & 2018 NADAC Championships
  • 2016 & 2017 NADAC Top 10
  • NADAC Triple Triple
  • NADAC Elite Superior & Elite Versatility
  • NADAC Novice & Open All Around
  • NADAC Open Superior, Open Superior Versatility & Open Versatility
  • NADAC Novice Superior, Novice Superior Versatility & Novice Versatility
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
  • AKC Novice, Intermediate & Advanced Trick Dog (TKN, TKI, TKA)
  • AKC Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA)

Niche (flat coated retriever, 2004-2014)

  • NADAC Novice, Open & Elite titles
  • NADAC Top 10
  • FCRSA Working Certificate (WC)
  • Canadian Companion Dog (CD)
  • AKC Companion Dog (CD) & Companion Dog Excellent (CDX)
  • AKC Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA) & Rally Excellent (RE)
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen
  • Pointed in conformation ring

James (flat coated retriever, rescue, 2002-2010)

  • AKC Rally Novice
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen
  • NADAC Novice & Open titles
  • Working guide dog

Monty (cardigan welsh corgi, 2004-2012)

  • NADAC Novice Tunnelers
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen
  • Therapy Dog certified

Regal (flat coated retriever, 1998-2006)

  • NADAC Novice, Open & Elite titles
  • AKC Companion Dog (CD)
  • AKC Major Pointed in conformation
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen


photo of Monty a corgi running through an agility tunnel

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Certified Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Certified Behavior Consultant through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

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