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I recommend Kim to all dog owners, especially those who have tried everything else without success. Before finding Kim, I tried no fewer than 6 trainers.....6! Kim is kind, humane, and highly effective. She has wisdom with people as well as dogs, and that is why her methods work so well. She's a perfect trainer with a lot of compassion, wisdom and wit. She makes training fun for people and their dogs. I would trust her with my dogs any time at all. BTW...she trained my 2 German Shepherds, my 2 Aussies, and my mixed breed dog. My Aussies and I are still in training and love it when it's training day!Mar 4, 2013
We have a mixed breed dog we wanted to work on general training issues; jumping up on us/guests, coming when called, sitting, walking nicely on leash, etc. We had talked with a few other trainers before we found Kim. She talked with us about who she was, and asked us a lot of questions about what we wanted, and what was going on. We quickly decided that she would be the one we wanted to work with. A few days after one of our lessons, where we had been working on walking on leash, I was working in the yard. As I walked across the yard, I look down, and Stu is walking right next to me with a huge grin on his face as if to say "look, this is where I'm supposed to walk right!". He didn't have a leash on, he was just walking where we had been asking him to walk on our walks. I wasn't working with him at the time, he just wanted to hang out with me, and I guess that is what he thought would get him some attention. It worked... Kim has been great. Working with her has given us new tools to work with Stu. Not only have we been able to work on the goals we called her for, but we have also worked on the way we interact with him. He seems happier, and actually, we all are. I would highly recommend Kim, and already have. ToniJul 4, 2012
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?In addition to passing an independent, psychometrically sound and science-based exam to demonstrate my knowledge in instruction skills, animal husbandry, ethology, learning theory, equipment, and business practices & ethics, I am required to obtain a minimum of 36 continuing education units per re-certification period to maintain my accreditation. I attend a variety of behavior and training seminars and conferences, and maintain an ever growing library of behavioral science and training books and periodicals. I have a large network of health and behavior professionals to confer with, and am a member of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I've loved everything about dogs from the day I was born. As such, it was perfectly natural that I would gravitate toward working with them. I've worked with dogs my entire adult life in a variety of different capacities, but after I took my first dog through a training course, I was "bitten by the training bug." That which started out as a hobby, eventually became a career path.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I am most commonly called upon to work with people whose dogs are exhibiting problem behaviors. People usually hire a professional when their dog has behavior problems that they do not know how to solve. But I also often get hired by people who have gotten a new dog, and who want to start out right and avoid common behavior problems.