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I helped my friend find this trainer for her dog that was required to have training sessions by animal control. She was extremely honest and up front about how much work the training requires especially from the owners side. That said, she has been extremely accommodating and working with my friends dog for a couple sessions now, and she is doing an amazing job. I have seen huge improvements already, and the dog and my friend seem sooooo much happier in their relationship and life altogether! Too bad I don’t live in California, because I would hire her to come work with me and my dog in a heartbeat.Apr 11, 2018Verified
Although Kim was an excellent trainer for me and my dog, one day she didn't show for our session and she hasn't responded to any text messages. I know she is ok as she is posting on social media. Not very professional and very disappointing.Apr 2, 2018VerifiedThe Trained Canine's reply
I met this client and began working with her last December when I did an evaluation of her chihuahua. Her dog was wreaking havoc in her senior living complex with his barking and aggressive behaviors. She told me that she would have to take him to the shelter if she wasn’t able to get help. My client was on a fixed income and the cost of private lessons would have been a financial burden on her. It was Christmas time, so I offered to do her lessons at a significant discount off my regular rates, saving her $75.00 per lesson. My client was very good about doing her follow up work in between lessons and we made great progress with her dog. About 15 minutes into our last lesson, my client told me she hadn’t been feeling well that day. She also had a contractor there working in her apartment which made it difficult to do the lesson. I offered to reschedule and I did not charge her even though I made the 45 minute trip just to do that lesson. Before I left, she told me that she may be going into the hospital because she was having a Crohn’s disease flare up. Prior to that, my client had begun to cross some boundaries by texting me at all hours of the night. The last time this happened was at 5:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning, which woke up my whole household, and I was upset about that. When she didn’t get back to me about rescheduling, I assumed that she was either in the hospital or that she was upset because I complained about her 5:00 am call. I was shocked and hurt when I received notice of her negative review, especially when considering all that I had done to help her over the past four and a half months. I am at a loss for words.
I contacted Kim about our new rescue adoption, Keira, a husky/shepherd mix. Keira had some bad habits that needed to be resolved, as well as learning basic commands. In addition, we needed her socialized with our cats. I liked how Kim used a variety of methods in working with Keira--not just a "one size fits all" approach. She has extensive experience in working with GSD as well, so she provided a lot of insight into the "thinking" of this breed. We learned so much & Keira responded to the training. I would highly recommend Kim to others that want an individual approach to training their dog.May 29, 2017Verified
We had an unfortunate experience with this dog trainer. She does not use positive reinforcement. During our consultation she put a shock collar on my dog (against my better judgement) and cranked it to 40. Poor communication and was not clear on the cost of her services. We now have a trainer using POSITIVE reinforcement training and the dogs are now flourishing!Nov 28, 2016VerifiedThe Trained Canine's reply
Prior to starting any type of training or behavior modification program, I provide a free in home assessment at no obligation to the client. This was a situation where the owner was cited and was required by animal control to work with a trainer because her German Shepherd dogs had a history of breaking out of the yard and attacking neighborhood dogs. I went over to do the assessment and found that the problem was much more than just the dog aggression. These two dogs were completely out of control. But the disturbing part was that the older German Shepherd dog was constantly tormenting the younger shepherd, so much so, that the young dog has developed self injurious behaviors. The young dog has so much anxiety that he spins and attacks his own tail to cope with the stress of the older dog tormenting him. He does it so hard and so fast that when he spins around and misses his tail, he takes out chunks of the wall and the couch with his teeth. She hired me, we agreed on a training plan and I prepared my report and sent it in to animal control. Once the client received a copy of my report, she became angry and said that my assessment was wrong. She said her dogs were under control and she asked if in lieu of training, I would instead take the dogs for ten hours worth of pack walks and report to animal control that I was training them. This client had no concern regarding the aggressive behaviors in attacking neighborhood dogs, nor did she care about what was happening to the young dog, she just wanted to get through the training the quickest way possible. I could not in good conscious do what she asked just to satisfy the county. Her dogs were dangerous and what she was allowing the older dog to do to the young dog was in my opinion, abusive. I opted not to work with her so she wrote the negative review.
Kim is an awesome dog trainer, I would happily recommend her to anyone!!Jun 23, 2016Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I offer several different training packages and options. These includes private lesson packages, puppy sessions, problem solving sessions, a jump start program, board and train, plus more. I give military, senior citizen and rescue dog discounts.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I typically evaluate the dog before starting any kind of training program. This gives me the chance to get to know the owner and learn about their lifestyle with their dog. I also gather more detailed information about the dog and his/her behaviors and then I evaluate the dog so I can get a better idea of his/her temperament while demonstrating how I train. Once this is done, we can discuss which training package would best fit. I do this demo/evaluation free of charge with no obligation.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?At age sixteen, I opened my first pet sitting business. At age eighteen, I attended my first dog training school while I worked full time as a veterinary technician. I went on to study canine behavior at the American College of Applied Science, and I have attended numerous other dog training schools, seminars and lectures over the years. I continue to expand my education, as dog training and behavior modification are always evolving.