zoie with dog in colorado springs group training class

Zoie Keast, CPDT

Zoie Keast is a certified pet dog trainer with more than a decade of experience working training dogs and managing behavior programs in open-admission animal shelters throughout Colorado, Nevada, and Wyoming.  

Zoie is head trainer for the Not A Bully Dog Training Colorado Springs location


Because of her dedication to animal sheltering and welfare, Zoie is particularly passionate and skilled in supporting animals experiencing fear and anxiety after being rehomed or experiencing abuse.

Throughout her experience in animal sheltering Zoie has worked with tens of thousands different dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotic animals, and livestock through direct care,evaluation, behavioral modification, and training.

Despite that, one of the things Zoie most enjoys about her work is that she still “hasn’t seen it all” and is surprised, delighted, and challenged by what she learns from animals everyday.

Zoie does not ascribe to one training method, instead she recognizes that all animals are unique individuals with complex needs.

Her goal is always to assess the dog AND the owner to determine what factors will influence the success of training and behavior modification. Communication between a pet and their owner is not always easy!

Education & Certifications

Certified Pet Dog Trainer, 2021

Articles Reviewed By Zoie Keast, CPDT

Check out the latest articles fact checked and reviewed by certified dog trainer Zoie Keast:

young Jack Russell Terrier rolling on carpet inside

We Asked A Veterinarian: Why Do Dogs Rub And Roll On Carpet?

For a lot of dog owners, many of the things their beloved pups do can seem like quite the mystery. Even the things they do every day can sometimes occur at seemingly random times and in random places. One of those common dog behaviors is rolling, and while it is a normal behavior, we may

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excited dog at meal time

We Asked A Veterinarian: Why Do Dogs Hump After Eating?

If you’re an experienced dog owner, it’ll be no surprise to you when your dog does something that other people might call strange. Humping is one of those things! After your dog eats, you might find them humping something like a toy, a blanket, or their bed, or sometimes, even yourself! I’ve had more than

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Rottweiler holding a sunflower in a field

Are Rottweilers Sensitive? (We Asked A Veterinarian)

Rottweilers are powerful and robust dogs known for their strength, loyalty, and protective instincts. Even though these dogs have a reputation for being tough, they’re surprisingly sensitive in some ways. This is often the case with large working dogs. They are perceived one way but tend to be big softies (in more ways than one.)

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zozo the veterinarian in bed behind owner

We Asked Vets: Why Dogs Like To Sit Behind Their Owners

Pet parents often take notice when their dogs choose strange or unusual places to sit. Whether it’s trying to climb into your lap in the car or taking a snooze on your chest while you try to sleep, it’s worth exploring what motivates our pups to sit, lay, and sleep where they do! We recently

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mixed breed dog sleeping on hard floor instead of bed

We Asked Vets: Why Dogs Stop Sleeping With Their Humans

Our canine companions are known for their habit of snuggling up with us. Sharing our bed with our dog has been shown to reduce our stress and anxiety, so naturally, we’d be concerned and confused when they decide to choose a different sleeping spot. We discussed this question with two of Not A Bully’s advising

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