Kathlyn got her start with dogs when her family adopted their dog, Jazzy, from Camden County Animal Shelter in November 2007. Kathlyn and Jazzy joined the 4-H dog club. This is where Kathlyn's love for training dogs really began. In the eight years before aging out of the 4-H dog club, together Kathlyn and Jazzy received many honors such as High in Trail in Obedience and Best in Show in Jr Showmanship.
Shortly before aging out of 4-H, Kathlyn and Jazzy started to show in AKC events. As a graduation present, Kathlyn received a puppy named Spencer. Kathlyn and Spencer currently compete in AKC and UKC events. In 2016, Kathlyn and Spencer were ranked in the Top 10 for the National Owner Handler series for Icelandic Sheepdogs. They also had the pleasure of qualifying and competing in the 2019 AKC Rally National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they placed 15 out of 66 in the Rally Intermediate Class.
Besides the 4-H dog club, Kathlyn was also involved as a member in many clubs including the County 4-H Rabbit & Small Animal Club, and 4-H Exotic Birds Club. When she aged out of 4-H, Kathlyn started a 4-H club called Helping Paws, which she currently leads. Kathlyn also leads the county 4-H Dog Club called Canine Can Do and 4-H Rabbit & Small Animal Club called Hop-A-Lot Gang.
In the fall of 2016, Kathlyn and Spencer completed National K-9 School for Dog Trainer's Master Trainer Course in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned the title Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) and Spencer earned the title Demo Dog. Since then, Kathlyn has trained at a variety of locations. She is currently a member of the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America.
In the summer of 2019, Kathlyn's dream of owning her own pet service business came a live with the forming of All Jazzed Up Pet Services LLC.