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Certified dog trainer
Kim L. Brophey

Asheville, NC

Kim Brophey, the owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center, is an academically educated applied ethologist and a member of The International Society for Applied Ethology. She has been an awarded member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers since 2000, receiving the Outstanding Trainer of the Year 2009 accolade.

Additionally, she is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants since 2006, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) since 2002. Kim is an established and well-respected leader in the dog training and behavior field, having spoken locally and nationally at universities and conferences for 20 years.

She has authored the groundbreaking book 'MEET YOUR DOG,' aimed at translating comprehensive canine science to the public. Kim has also developed a trademarked model of dog welfare and behavior known as Dog L.E.G.S., and delivered a popular TED talk titled 'The Problem With Treating Your Dog Like a Pet.'

Kim's unique background and commitment to the whole picture of behavioral health from the integrated applied ethology perspective of dog behavior and welfare have positioned her as Asheville's most trusted, veterinarian-referred, shelter and professional field-active individual. She has served on the board of directors for the Asheville Humane Society and the IAABC.

Kim has been awarded 'Best of WNC Dog Trainer' for 6 years. Specializing in complex problems such as fear, aggression, and anxiety, Kim is consistently reviewed by clients as an invaluable, compassionate, and effective resource for understanding and solving serious behavior challenges that traditional dog training has failed to address.

For those seeking assistance with basic puppy training, manners, and therapy and service dog training, Kim continues to provide expert counsel and services to meet those goals.

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Who are the dog trainers listed on this page?

We showcase a diverse group of accomplished dog trainers specializing in positive reinforcement techniques. You'll find brief profiles of each trainer, highlighting their experience and expertise.

How can I select the right trainer for my dog?

Start by evaluating your dog's needs and identifying your training objectives. Each trainer's profile provides insights into their areas of expertise. Match these with your dog's character and your goals to find the ideal fit.

How do I ensure these trainers are competent?

All trainers listed here are certified professionals with extensive knowledge of positive reinforcement techniques.

Why is positive reinforcement emphasized, and what is it?

Positive reinforcement centers on rewarding preferred behaviors, ensuring a pleasant learning journey for your dog. This approach not only is humane but also strengthens the bond between you and your pet.

Are these trainers equipped to address specific behavioral problems?

Yes, they are. Our trainers are adept in basic obedience or intricate behavioral challenges. Browse their profiles to identify a trainer who specializes in the particular issues you wish to address.

How do I initiate a training program with a trainer?

Simply click on the preferred trainer's profile to access their contact details. From there, you can get in touch to discuss your requirements and set up training appointments.

How do group sessions differ from private ones?

Group sessions offer a communal setting where your dog learns general obedience alongside other dogs. In contrast, private sessions grant focused attention, making them perfect for targeted behavior modifications or individualized training agendas.

Which training techniques do these trainers abstain from?

All our trainers are committed to positive reinforcement techniques and steer clear of any harsh or punitive methods. Their primary goal is to make training a joyous journey for you and your dog.

When can I expect to see results using positive reinforcement training?

Results depend on factors like your dog's nature, the specific behaviors in question, and your training consistency. While many clients observe improvements in just a few sessions, it's crucial to be patient and persistent.

Can I attend a training session to observe before committing?

Reach out to the trainer you're interested in to discuss possibly attending a session. It's a great way to get a feel for their approach and see if it aligns with your expectations.

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