Karen Shultz

President/Executive Director/Trainer


Karen Shultz has been the President of the Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD) Board of Directors since 2009, and has been a TLCAD Volunteer Service Dog trainer since 2004. Also filling the role as TLCAD Secretary and Treasurer for the Board of Directors for five years, as well as being a lead in the TLCAD Training Department, Shultz has been a key player with the organization since she first came on board.

Shultz has previous experience with training horses, as well as dogs in obedience, security and agility training. She is a regular attendee of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Assistance Dogs International (ADI) conferences and completed the National Service Dogs of Canada’s three-week course on how to train dogs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She has been TLCAD lead in the successful training of dogs for children with autism and played an active role in developing the Leash-On-Life Program for families of children with autism. She worked with Mayer-Johnson to produce a picture-symbols book for children with autism to understand the role of their Service Dog in their life, and she assisted in developing a school policy to assist schools in developing their own policy for a Service Dogs on campus. The Leash-On-Life Program for individuals with autism has been her primary effort over the past five years, and she has now added the training of Service Dogs for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), both specialties fulfilling a big need in San Diego County with the large military population.

Shultz’s main focus currently is to build a strong infrastructure for TLCAD for its succession and sustainability and to put TLCAD in the lead for Service Dog training for these two disciplines, autism and Wounded Warriors, and to place more dogs via the education of other Service Dog organizations.

Shultz holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Public Health Nursing from California State University Los Angeles. With her background in nursing, training and working with horses and dogs – she has found her passion.