Kylie spent her whole life knowing she’d work with animals some day. She grew up bottle feeding kittens, caring for her family’s menagerie which included rabbits and guinea pigs, and getting dragged down the block by the family dog. At eight years old she was dreaming of horses, collecting magazines and making collages for hours with her friends. She was given the opportunity at 12 years old to begin working with them by volunteering with Earth Connections, a group who mainly works to conserve wildlife and other natural resources, but also works with at risk youth by pairing them with horses in a program known as Horses Heal. From there, she began teaching riding lessons for Fun with Horses, then began working for D-Star Western Training, learning to break and train horses in return for grooming, lounging, and saddling horses for western pleasure trainer Denise Schreyer. She then spent a few years at M&D City Ranch, learning to drive miniature horses and Shetland ponies, and train for driving and in hand competitions. A friend who is active in rescue gave her her first chance at horse ownership in 2008, when they rescued a little Premarin filly whom they named Bella. In 2010, Kylie was looking for a new job to support Bella while she was in college, and found an opportunity to be a dog trainer for a retail company. She was excited to learn more about animal behavior, thinking how useful it would be in her eventual career as a veterinarian and having no idea that this would become a passion that consumed her life. She became a Senior Dog Trainer for the company, and spent four years training the new dog trainers for her district and others nearby. Obsessed with animal behavior, she dove into learning everything she could about behavior and training before starting her own company in 2012. In early 2018, she was offered a job as a Behavior Specialist at a local Humane Society and SPCA working directly with shelter animals and spent a year working there full time while still taking private clients on the side before leaping into running her own business full time. One of her huge passions is helping those with invisible disabilities train service dogs to assist them. As a service dog handler herself, she understands the issues and challenges that can arise and loves helping people to overcome their disabilities and function as a normal member of society. She currently competes in Rally, Obedience, and Conformation with the AKC, and is training in agility, herding, barn hunt, and dock diving. Kylie worked in Southern California before relocating to the Bay Area in 2019.
*Premium Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
*Professional member of the Pet Professional Guild
*member of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum
*AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Trick Dog Evaluator
*Fear Free Certified through Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling University
*Avidog Breeder College Platinum Member
*regularly attends various training seminars and conferences
Kylie owns seven dogs: Layla, an Australian Cattle Dog cross, Lily, a bully breed mix, Loki, a Husky/German Shorthaired Pointer cross, and four AKC Australian Cattle Dogs: Levi, Katie, Fidget, and Ripley. She also still has her little rescue horse, Bella. In 2018, she began breeding Australian Cattle Dogs and Fidget and Ripley are from that breeding program. You can see more information about her breeding program by visiting https://doremiacds.webs.com/.