Kim Schiro - Head Trainer
Kim is a Certified Dog Trainer who graduated with honors from Animal Behavior College and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She is an active participant in the Best Friends Animal Society Community Training Partner program and works as a Mentor Trainer for other students who are going through the ABC Certification Program.
Kim has studied under the guidance of many respected professional trainers learning a wide range of philosophies from each one and regularly supplements her education by attending training seminars and workshops. She is certified in animal nutrition and Dog CPR/First Aid; she also has professional experience with various other animal species. Kim is president of the Chicago Dachshund Lovers Club and actively competes with her dogs in agility and herding, earning several titles with each of them.
Kim helps dog owners teach their canine companions to be well-behaved, happy members of the family. She specializes in not only obedience and agility training but also more serious issues including fearfulness, anxiety, nuisance barking and aggression. Her approach to training always emphasizes positive and humane methods. Kim lives in Chicago with her dogs, Tommy, Sampson, Jack and Speedy the turtle. For fun, she can always be found with her dogs on the agility course or the farm herding the sheep.
Jorge Sanchez – Trainer
Jorge completed his dog training certification through Animal Behavior College with honors. After completing his requirements for his certification, he stayed on with KDC for six months longer to further his knowledge in training on a volunteer basis. He holds a certification in first aid/CPR and specializes in puppy training. Jorge also owns a successful dog walking service in the North Chicago area. In his spare time: Jorge enjoys sharing adventures with his wife, Rosa, playing various sports, mentoring teens with his church and volunteers with PAWS Chicago.
Karen Didrickson - Trainer
After Karen attended her first agility class, with Kim, in 2012, she knew she was hooked. Kim mentored Karen as she started to compete with her Australian Shepherd, Tillie, who went on to earn a CT-ATCH. Since then, Karen has trained with various agility and obedience instructors in the Chicaoland area, and likes to attend agility seminars and workshops as often as possible. Karen and her dogs Tillie and Wes (the Border Collie), can be found competing in agility on the weekends. Karen is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI).
“I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for everything from jumping through tunnels to walking next to Logan. I have to tell you that I initially questioned the decision in taking an Obedience class again. My friends even wondered why I did it. But somewhere between the first week and the last week of Obedience I realized something; I realized I didn't do it so that Logan could walk better with me, I didn't do it because Logan needed a stronger hand. I did it because I needed to understand how to walk with Logan not the other way around. I did it because I needed to be a stronger leader for my boy. He doesn't need a stronger hand. The class was for me not for him.”