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"Change your dog's behavior, by changing the way you relate to your dog." It's like relationship therapy. - I teach dogs and their people to live together in harmony!

General Info
As a trainer and dog lover myself, I believe that the most common issues that pet owners encounter, stem from confusion: the confusion that arises when you combine two different species in one household. Dogs arent people and people arent dogs, and each has their own individual and essential way of viewing the world. As a trainer, my goal is to teach  people a better understanding of these differences in perspective, and to develop a line of communication that both can clearly and easily understand. In doing so, I strive to connect people with their pets, and to create a harmonious living situation that will satisfy the needs of both.

Good training is the careful blending of science and art. Behavioral science provides us with mountains of information to work with. Our dogs provide us information as well, and the "art" is in reading our dogs, and adapting what we know to what we learn from them. It is this art that I attempt to impart to my human clients. Providing them with a better understanding of their dogs, along with proven methods and techniques shaping their dog's desirable behaviors and changing their problematic behavior, allows them to build the best possible relationship with their canine friends.  

Hours

Regular Hours

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Services/Products
There are a variety of training options to choose from:
  • Private, in-home dog behavior instruction for behavior modification, manners, and beginning and advanced obedience training (on and off leash.) 
  • Day training - trainer works to impart obedience skills and more to dog or puppy, and then schedules time with you to review progress and learn cueing and protocols. 
  • Special puppy kindergarten programs.  
  • New dog introduction and training programs. 
  •  Pre-adoption counseling services for dogs, cats, and other exotic animals. 
  • Puppy selection services. (may include trainer on-site evaluation and selection advice.) 
  • Pre-adoption counseling for is free to anyone adopting from an animal shelter or 501c3 rescue.)
I use a combination of reward-based, positive reinforcement techniques, with sound management strategies, to build on the behavior owners want from their dogs. Training is also relationship based, and designed to build trust and teamwork. I use proven methods with produce consistent results. Behavior modification programs include all manner of dog and puppy behavior issues, including:
  •  House soiling (aka: potty training or house training)
  • Leash pulling
  • Jumping on people
  • Excessive mouthing and nipping
  • Lack of manners
  • Attention seeking behavior
  • Safe Dog/Child interactions
  • Inattention (lack of response)
  • Recall training (coming reliably when called, and in the face of distractions)
  • Aggressive behavior (ie: dog to people, dog to dog, dog to other species - predatory behaviors)
  • Food or other resource guarding
  • Bolting through doors & gate
  • Excessive or nuisance barking
  • Destructive behavior, such as chewing & digging
  • All Puppy Issues
  • Shyness or lack of confidence
  • Fearful Behavior
  • Lack of Socialization
  • Separation issues
  • Multiple dog issues
  • Inter-species issues
  • Swimming and pool safety
  • Introduction into family, to new family members, or dog to dog intros.
Brands
Clicker Training, Marker Training, Positive reinforcement, Reward based training
Location
My service is in home. I come to you, and work with you and your dog or puppy in your home. 
My mobile territory includes but is not limited to:   Agua Dulce, Altadena, Arcadia, Atwater Village, Bell Canyon, Burba
Neighborhood
La Crescenta-Montrose
Amenities
I combine 30+ years of experience working professionally with dogs, with a solid working knowledge of animal behavior, ethology, and husbandry skills. I offer behavior modification and problem solving, as well as on and off leash obedience, and manners training.
Accreditation

Licensed & Insured

Associations
I am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I am also Certified through the Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers, an independent, international testing and certification resource for animal behavior professionals.
Categories
Pet Services, Dog Training, Pet Training

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Dana G.

03/13/2014

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Kim trained my 2 adult German Shepherds years ago. When they passed, I got 2 Aussies puppies...what do I do with puppies?!?! Call Kim!!!

Kim trained my Aussies as puppies and now as young adults. They are lovely well behaved dogs and so much fun!



I have used Kim both as a long term trainer and for specific behavior issues. Kim is by far the best trainer in the field....she is the most knowledgeable person I have ever met when it comes to animal behaviors and how to correct an issue.

Kim trains with patience, understanding and humor...and rewards! It's a win - win.



Kim has been the perfect choice in all cases. She is the first person I would recommend to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

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