Kelsey Rich, CPDT-KA


Kelsey Rich began her dog training career in 2014 when she was hired by a large dog training academy in Austin, TX where she earned her Level 1 Trainer’s Certification. In this role, she focused on basic through advanced obedience, facilitated purposeful playgroups, and managed “stress-less” boarding. In 2015, she found herself back in Philadelphia and joined the Philly Unleashed team.

Kelsey is especially adept at reading canine body language and facilitating learning, even through high levels of distraction. Kelsey also loves teaching owners why their dogs exhibit common nuisance behaviors and communicating with owners on how to work through these in an effective and positive manner. Kelsey’s specialty is working with dog to dog aggression and leash reactivity. She currently teaches Philly Unleashed’s reactive dog classes.

Kelsey holds a dual degree in Sociology and Psychology from Rutgers University, and is passionate about continuing education. She currently lives in South Philadelphia with her rescued dog, Roswell, and her cat, Pietro. In her spare time, Kelsey loves running and crafting and is fixing up her first home.

Kelsey Rich, CPDT-KA

What People Are Saying

“About a year ago, we rescued an American bulldog/pit bull mix. He was about two years old, rambunctious, untrained, very needy and anxious/scared. In the time that we’ve been working with Kelsey from Philly Unleashed, our dog has become focused, responsive, relaxed and able to control his impulses. Kelsey is patient and focuses on the needs of the dog and owner to ensure that both are successful. She also talks through situations and breaks them down to figure out solutions for better training. She’s flexible with her time and makes ever effort to accommodate my busy schedule.

I’m bonding well with my dog now and have the patience and knowledge to train him for success in a busy city where smells, sounds and other dogs can be tricky for an anxious pup. I highly recommend Philly Unleashed and Kelsey Rich!”

Beth S. & Gunner

We have been working with Kelsey for almost a year. She has helped tremendously train our one year old Arubian Cunucu, Brady Geo, as well as ‘us’ the parents. We started with basic commands and have progressed to our most recent challenge of reactivity. Brady Geo also visits the farm weekly for a day of training, playtime, and agility. We are huge fans of Kelsey and Philly Unleashed and all they have to offer.

Heather and Clive H. & Brady


  • Obedience & Manners
  • Puppy Development & Behavior
  • Leash Reactivity & Dog Aggression
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fears, Phobias & Anxious Behavior
  • Aggression Towards People
  • Intra-household Aggression
  • Cat Behavior
  • Dog Sports, Tricks & Agility

Certifications & Affiliations

Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers: Certified 2016

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