Meet Kim, CPDT-KA, CCDT
Kim Kurland is a Master Class graduate with distinction from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. She is referred by Basset Rescue Network at Daphneyland in Acton, CA and has extensive dog handling and training experience in the shelter environment with Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles.
A long-time supporter of shelter and rescue organizations, every dog Kim and her husband have added to their family has come from a southern California basset hound rescue organization. With their amusing personalities, loving nature, chunky paws and velvet ears, the big-dog-on-short-legs dwarf breed has proven to be a perfect fit for their family over the years. They have learned never to underestimate the power of their scenting ability, including any food on the counter (deceptively in reach of their long bodies) and have made peace with the slobber-patrol of their home that is needed regularly. It is one of their dogs, who came to their family with multiple behavioral issues - and the search for potential solutions to those issues - that initially led her down the path of becoming a dog trainer.
Kim provides effective and lasting solutions, strengthening the relationship between dogs and their families through science-based training and behavior modification. She pursues continuous learning by regularly attending professional seminars, keeping current on industry literature and protocols, and learning from all the dogs, people and fellow trainers with whom she’s had the pleasure to work. Kim understands the way dogs see the world and how they use their body language to communicate with other dogs and people. She trains with the understanding that each dog is an individual who has a choice in behavior, and appreciates that dogs shouldn’t be expected to come into our lives instinctively knowing how to live in our households - but by utilizing positive, force-free, reward-based methods, and training with consistency, repetition and patience they definitely can.
Her professional memberships include the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Association of Professional Dog Trainers; the Pet Professional Guild, devoted to force-free training and pet care; and Doggone Safe, which advocates for dog bite prevention through education to children, families and the community.
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Kim transitioned from a successful executive career in Entertainment Publicity to a career that paired her expert human and canine communication skills with her passion for dogs, how they learn and how to help people understand their dogs better. She and her husband live in Tarzana, CA and are entertained daily by their two basset hounds.