Above, Kim practices puppy socialization skills with the help of Cabbage the puppy during a training workshop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT.
Meet Kim Diloreto, canine behavior consultant and dog trainer:
Kim graduated from the Animal Behavior Institute in 2014. She then became a CCPDT-certified canine behavior consultant after amassing more than 300 volunteer hours training troubled dogs in local rescues and shelters.
Kim has decades of experience training dogs both one-on-one and in group classes using positive, reward-based training methods. She will happily help all breeds of dogs. She has a special interest in (and lots of experience with) shelter and rescue dogs--especially the shy/fearful ones.
When she's not busy doing private consultations or volunteering at local shelters, Kim deploys to emergency animal shelters nationwide to care for dogs after emergencies and disasters. She has deployed with the ASPCA's canine behavior team.
Kim has a lifetime of knowledge gained living with animals, including many years on a farm in northern Minnesota. Kim trained her first dog, a German Shepherd named King, when she was eight years old.
Her current "fur kids" include two rescued dogs: Rocky, a failed foster from GRRoW (the Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin) and Casey Jones, an outgoing mutt she couldn't resist adopting after a shelter photo shoot.