Kim Sauer, CPDT-KA, PTI
Kim Sauer's fascination with dog training took off in 1997 when she started assisting a local trainer using a clicker in exchange for helping her with her own aggressive dog. Her interest grew as she learned how much she loved working with animals and enjoyed seeing the transformation in both the dogs and the owners. Kim first earned her certificate from Animal Behavior College in January 2002 becoming an ABC Certified Dog Trainer and then later became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) in March of 2006. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and AKC STAR Puppy Evaluator. After several years of experience, in 2006 Kim became an ABC Mentor Trainer and also a CATCH Dog Training Program Mentor Trainer and is now helping others to realize their dream of becoming a dog trainer! Kim became a PetTech Pet First Aid Instructor back in 2006 and in 2012 became a Mentor Trainer with PetTech, helping others to become PetTech Instructors as well.
Kim's specialty is working with families owning pets who plan to bring a baby into the household. She was the Trainer for the SPCA Serving Erie County's Baby Ready Pets Program for 7 years, the SPCA Serving Erie County's Teaching Love and Compassion Program (TLC) to inner city at-risk youth program for 5 years, the SPCA Serving Erie County's Paws for Love Therapy Dog Program Evaluator for several years is a current Licensed Educator for the Dogs & Storks Program and the Dog and Toddlers Program, which are programs from Family Paws which are for households with dogs who are expecting to families with children up to 3 years.
Kim has had the privilege to learn from many great instructors both locally and internationally and continues to attend seminars and workshops to continue learning. Kim credits most of her education to her own dogs- Blaze, Nigel, Greta, Coop and the many cats and sugar gliders she has shared her home with. Kim believes that every animal (and human), come into your life to teach you something... even if you don't think you want to know more about that topic! Kim offers group classes, private lessons, behavior consults and training, pet first aid programs, dog bite preventions, education programs and many packages including online and Skype meetings.
Victoria Eberle (Vicki)
Vicki’s passion for training developed in 2008 when she welcomed a Maltese puppy named Mojo into her family. Including her daughter in his training she hoped to help her gain confidence while learning compassion and responsibility. With a determination to learn as much as possible to also help others she became a Certified Dog Trainer when she received her certification with Honors through Animal Behavior College, which offers a nationally-recognized certification program in dog training. As part of her externship through ABC with ABC Mentor Trainer, Kim Sauer, she began assisting Kim with classes offered through The Family Companion. Upon graduation, Kim brought her on staff as a trainer at Sit n' Stay Pet Services. Through further studies with Family Paws she became a Licensed Presenter for the Dogs & Storks and Dogs & Toddlers programs. She is also trained in Pet First Aid, CPR & Care through Pet Tech.
Believing every animal comes to us to fulfill a specific need or purpose, Vicki’s family has grown to include a Maltipoo named Molly and 4 cats named Blueberry, Daisy, Jamboree and Ron. Vicki strives to help each pet parent discover and embrace their pet’s authentic self by educating them from the pet’s perspective. She teaches group obedience classes, private in-home consults/obedience training for dogs and cats and group or private in-home consults for the Dogs & Storks and Dogs & Toddlers programs.
Sue has been training dogs for 10 years – first assisting Kim in dog training classes for two years then teaching classes for the last 8 years. Sue attended Karen Pryor Training Academy in 2008 and received her certification in dog training and went on to obtain her Certified Professional Dog Training certification in 2010. Sue is very involved in helping dogs with reactive issues and has been doing reactive classes for the last four years using BAT – Behavior Adjustment Training which provides coping skills for dogs.
Sue also has a passion for working with cats and has been a volunteer at Tabby Town Cat Adoption Center for the last five years working with the cats providing enrichment using a clicker. In the beginning of 2016 Sue started the behavior department at Tabby Town to help with cat assessment, behavior issues and to provide education to the potential adopters.
Stephanie is a recently certified dog trainer from Animal Behavior College. She has a love of animals big and small. If not for her husband, she would take in as many animals as she could. She spends her time volunteering at an animal rescue, or learning better ways to train and care for the many animals she works with. Stephanie is passionate and friendly, willing to help wherever she can.