Empowered Puppy Program | Trainers
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Kim Paciotti CPDT-KA, CDT, APDT

As our economy was failing in 2008, Kim faced as many, a new career change. Dog training was always something she was interested in, but never pursued.  Kim purchased Sabre, an English Mastiff puppy. However, at 10 months of age Sabre developed a split personality. One minute you could pet her, the next she would be growling at you.  Kim and her husband hired a professional trainer, who said Sabre could not be rehabilitated.  Knowing that wasn’t an option, Kim made the jump to learn all she could about dog training.


Training school, online classes, books, lectures, and working at rescues, all led to the certifications she holds today. She learned instead of trying to “fix” the behavior, it was key to teach Sabre how to understand our world, and let her know we understood hers.


When working at the rescue, Kim saw many puppies and dogs being surrendered. These were good dogs, and many times the owners just did not know how to communicate with the dogs. Knowing something had to change, she started from the beginning, focusing on early puppy development.   Litter after litter,  it became clearer that early development of a puppy’s mind during the first 16 weeks of their life is crucial to develop a happy and healthy dog for life.


Kim lives with her husband and her two mastiffs Sammy and Bernard. Sabre her inspiration for becoming a trainer, crossed the rainbow bridge in the middle of filming this video series. Kim made a promise to Sabre in those last few days, that she would make a difference in the dog training world. She would share what she learned through the research of Sabre and other puppies.  She would teach others how to understand their dog and how every dog has an individual personality.  She is so greatly missed, but will never ever be forgotten, as this series is dedicated to Sabre, and every dogs life it will change.

Christina Borders-Trainer

Animals have always fascinated Christina.  Living on a small farm her life has truly revolved around dogs, cats, lizards, birds, and horses. For eight years she worked as a veterinary assistant and developed a great interest in scientific and behavioral study. She saw many dogs and cats visiting the vet that were truly afraid. Owners who did not know what to do to help, and were confused on many pet care issues themselves.


Timing was right for her in her career, when she began to work for Training Canines. She too felt what Kim does, the puppies mind is fascinating and there is so much to learn from them.


Christina has completed the Canine Massage course through the Chicago School of Canine massage.  She has developed a unique massage and yoga program for the puppies at Training Canines.   Combining the quest for the “science” behind the puppy, has lead her to be an invaluable contributor to the Empowered Puppy Program.

Christina is still active within her small farm, which she shares with her two dogs Phoebe and Beignet. She also has, a mixed flock of twenty plus chickens, ducks, and turkeys. When she has a spare moment of time, she enjoys photography, sculpting, and learning more about her two dogs.