Debi McKee

Debi McKee creator of Rescue Dogs 101 with her dogs Ginger and Bear

About the Author

Debi McKee is a mom of three human kids and four dogs. With over 28 years of experience in dog parenting, Debi's journey has been filled with love, laughter, and a fair share of challenges, all of which have sculpted her into the dedicated dog advocate she is today.

Throughout the years her household has been graced by eight remarkable dogs — Symba, Nala, Abby Girl, JJ, Ginger, Bear, Thunder, and Wizard — each shaping her understanding of the complexities of dog behavior and health.

Debi's commitment to dogs extends beyond her own home. As an active volunteer for a local rescue, she started as a foster home and transitioned into performing home visits.

Debi has lent her time and expertise as a Canine Care Assistant at the Dane County Humane Society, enriching the lives of shelter dogs with love and care. 

Combining her passion for design with her love for dogs, Debi serves as a webmaster and active member of her local kennel club, where she channels her creativity into maintaining the club's websites and volunteering at various events throughout the year.

Debi's commitment to learning and honing her skills is evident in her extensive training and qualifications. From completing training courses to attending seminars on dog behavior and training, Debi's expertise is as diverse as it is thorough. Her dedication to understanding and supporting dogs shines through in every endeavor she undertakes.

With her wealth of experience, unwavering dedication, and boundless love for dogs, Debi McKee is not just a dog mom; she's a beacon of compassion and advocacy in the canine community. Whether she's fostering, volunteering, or expanding her knowledge, Debi's commitment to bettering the lives of dogs is unwavering, making her a true champion for man's best friend.

Training and Qualifications (click to expand)

  • 2023 – The Natural Pet Doctor Healthy Holistic Pet For Life Blueprint Lifetime Member
  • 2022 – Completed The Dog Calming Code Course by The Online Dog Trainer
  • 2021 – Spirit Dog Masterclass Lifetime Member
  • 2020 – Continual dog agility training with all three of our dogs. Classes were taken in-person and virtually.
  • 2019-2020 – Completed Susan Garrett's Recallers online training program.
  • September 2019 – Completed 2.5-hour video training for Defensive Handling with Canine Behavior Specialist Bridget Pieper.
  • September 2019 – Completed 2.5-hour video training for Canine Body Language with Canine Behavior Specialist Bridget Pieper.
  • April 2019 – Started volunteering for Dane County Humane Society. Going through continuous training.
  • December 2018 – Attended dog behavior and training seminar with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
  • January 2018 – Attended dog behavior and training seminar with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
  • October 2017– Attended 2-day (12 total hours) seminar on dog behavior and training with Sit Means Sit Dog Training, hosted by Fetch WI.
  • March 2017 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
  • January 2017 – Started dog agility training with our dog Ginger. Currently attending training classes every week.
  • November 2016 – Attended a seminar on Managing Multi-Dog Interactions and Play hosted by Fetch WI.
  • March 2016 – Attended a 6-week training session at The Dog Den in Madison, WI with our adopted German Shepard Mix, Ginger.
  • July 2015 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
  • March 2015 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
  • February 2015 – Attended seminar on dog play and behavior at Charlie's Bark Park, hosted by Fetch WI. Learned about strategies for working with dogs with different behavior issues.
  • January 2015 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
  • November 2014 – Current – Foster home for rescue dogs in need.
  • 2006 – Completed 8-week dog training class with our adopted yellow lab, Abby.
  • 1996 – Completed 8-week dog training class with our black lab mix, Nala, after adopting her from the trainer we used for Symba. Nala "graduated" top of her class.
  • 1995 – Completed 8-week dog training class with our black lab/golden retriever mix, Symba, in McHenry, IL. Symba "graduated" second in his class.