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. She became a Premium Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a Professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, and a member of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator before starting her own company in 2012. She then was offered a job as a Behavior Specialist at a local Humane Society and SPCA working directly with shelter animals and now works there full time while taking private clients on the side. She is now also Fear Free Certified through Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling University courses, and regularly attends various training seminars and conferences. 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 owns five dogs, Layla, an Australian Cattle Dog cross, Lily, a bully breed mix, Loki, a Husky/German Shorthaired Pointer cross, Levi, an Australian Cattle Dog, and Katie, and Australian Cattle Dog, and her horse, Bella. She recently began breeding Australian Cattle Dogs and is expecting a litter in November, you can see more information by visiting https://doremiacds.webs.com/.