Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLC; Kim Geisert, CPDT-KA
Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLC; Kim Geisert, CPDT-KA

Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLC; Kim Geisert, CPDT-KA

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Introduction: Hello, I am Kim Geisert, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) and I own Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLC. I am a force-free canine coach who employs scientifically proven methods to accomplish your training goals for your dog without the use of any aversive tools or techniques. I specialize in aggression, reactivity, and confidence building, Service Dog training, rescue dogs, and multi-dog households. • SEE MY YOUTUBE, IG, FB, & TIKTOK for video examples of actual training sessions @benevolentsundogs I have 7 dogs of my own, 6 of whom I use in my sessions with client dogs, and have been training professionally for 8 years. I coach clients on basic manners, AKC Canine Good Citizen, Service Dog and therapy training, behavioral modification for fear aggression, separation distress, resource guarding, leash reactivity, and confidence building for under-socialized and anxious dogs. My credentials include: *CPDT-KA: Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers *AKC-CGC: American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certified Evaluator/Instructor *8 years/7000 hours of professional full time experience *International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants *Association of Professional Dog Trainers *Pet Professional Guild The dog training industry is not regulated, and there are hundreds of dog trainers in Broward County with varying levels of competency, but less than 25 of us are actually certified BY the Certification Council. This required three years and several hundred documented hours of hands-on experience training both dogs and people, extensive knowledge of learning theory, stages of development, modern training techniques, genetics, environmental factors, cognition, and behavior modification. Just as you would never hire a doctor, lawyer, or an electrician without the proper education, experience, and certifications, neither should you hire a dog trainer without a professional level of certification and experience. Just ask! I’m very focused on meeting a dog’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. With a secure bond/relationship in place, the obedience follows, and they want to do what you ask. Your relationship with your dog is by far the best tool you have! I am a positive reinforcement, relationship centered trainer. What this means is I look at your relationship with your dog as the key element in both foundational obedience training and behavior modification. Does your dog clearly understand the way you are communicating? Does your dog have a reliable routine every day that he can depend on and behavior from you that is consistent? Are your dog’s needs being met— not just food, water, and shelter, but exercise, mental stimulation, opportunities to be challenged, and especially, emotional security? Dogs have a deep desire to be appreciated, praised, social, and comfortable in their roles in their families. Destructive behavior is almost always a result of an unmet need. Very often, when I see an issue like pulling on leash, inappropriate biting, chewing or barking, over-arousal, reactivity, frustration, or aggression, the solution involves the human changing their communication style, utilizing management of the situation, and a well thought out behavior modification plan. I promote established positive reinforcement techniques that are essential to your relationship dynamic. No aversive tools or techniques are necessary! I use my own dogs to provide role models for obedience, socialization, and confidence building when appropriate. I absolutely believe in the benefit of dogs learning from other dogs and have seen it in action multiple times during my career. Clear, consistent rules, socialization, and appropriate exercise are necessary for any dog’s emotional mental health and physical well-being—along with lots of praise and encouragement!
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2021

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Valeria a.
Jun 5, 2023
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I knew I wanted Kim to train my dog after our initial phone consultation. She is very sweet and provided lots of helpful advice leading up to our first training session. Very professional and would 10/10 recommend.

Details: 1 - 2 years old • Medium (26 - 40 lbs) • Board and train at a facility • General obedience training • Biting • Barking • Leash pulling • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Thank you so much, Valeria! I’m so pleased with the progress you and Skylar have made so far. YOUR hard work and dedication really show in your relationship with him. Keep it up!
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Akemi S.
Feb 20, 2023
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I had an issue with my 2 male dogs fighting all of a sudden. I reached out to Kim and she responded almost immediately and was able to accommodate an emergency session within a couple of days. She usually booked a week in advance. She spend a lot of time with me over the phone going over my problem and sent me a few videos to help settle things down with my boys until our meeting. She showed up right on time and spent a lot of time with us without rushing or pushing to schedule more sessions. She gave us a lot of tips and ideas which helped me feel more confident and put my mind at ease. I would definitely recommend her, and will be calling her again for more training sessions with my boys.

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • My home, venue, etc.

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Kim W.
Sep 16, 2023
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Very professional and hooked my dog right away. Kim definitely knows what motivates dogs. She offers many bonuses (videos, toy suggestions, etc) and is clearly knowledgeable about certification processes. Most important, she cares

Details: 1 - 2 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Therapy or service dog training • Leash pulling • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Marnie L.
Nov 26, 2022
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Kim is excellent! She truly knows her stuff and what we loved is how we could also see how much she loves dogs. She calmed my fears that my dog was abnormal and untrainable. She gave us extremely helpful info and trainings and doesn’t try and suck you in to a long program or set number or trainings. She works with you where you and your pet are at. She’s patient and doesn’t rush the session. Highly recommend and we will continue to use her!

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Barking • Digging • Destructive behavior • Leash pulling • My home, venue, etc.

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Erica T.
Nov 4, 2022
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Kim (Benevolent Sun) is an AMAZING dog (person) trainer. I am beyond thrilled with the experiences we’ve had thus far and plan to keep a working relationship with her for years to come. The first contact we made was via text, and within minutes we were on the phone. She spoke to me for over an hour; listening, asking questions and absorbing what my exact situation & needs are. Our first training session was mind-blowing. I can’t praise her enough. I have 3 dogs, 2 of whom have been getting into bad fights. They were always best buds, then suddenly, sibling rivalry started. These are large dogs (and I have 2 young children) so this couldn’t continue. After the first session, I learned so much and was able to continue the training. Unfortunately, our session was cut short (no fault of hers - traffic was insane after a major car accident) so she came again 2 days later. She spent so much time with my pups and didn’t charge anything extra for her time. She is also always available via text/phone and encourages me to send updates or ask questions any time. We’ve been incident-free since meeting and I will be seeing her again soon, as we are taking time and necessary steps to achieve the goals we set together. I 100% recommend using Benevolent Sun - they are affordable, knowledgeable, down-to-earth, available, encouraging and most importantly, in it for the dogs. THANK YOU KIM!!!

Details: 1 - 2 years old • Extra large (70+ lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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