K9 Essentials, The Workshop

The PackFit’s K9 Essentials Workshop is an intensive 3 day workshop led by PackFit’s Founder and Author, Kimberly Artley, and Simon Prins of ACT and the Netherlands Police Agency. The workshop will cover a wide spectrum of topics, resulting in a deeper understanding of our dogs, their needs, behaviors, and also (and especially) ourselves.

This unique 3 day course will cover (but not be limited to)…

: PackFit’s 3 Elements of Dog Training,

Effective Communication, 

: Positive Motivation,

The Language of the Leash, 

: The Human Ingredient,

Building Strong Obedience, 

State of Mind Conditioning, 

Behavior Shaping,

Behavioral Prevention & Troubleshooting, Management, & Rehabilitation, 

Channeling Drives, 

: Bridge Signals and the Language of the Clicker,

Data Collection and Building Efficient Training Protocols,


: Biological, Instinctual, and Breed-Specific Needs, 

: Platform Training, 

: Aids to Communication,

…and more.

Workshop Dates: Saturday, 11/24, Sunday, 11/25, and Monday, 11/26
TheSpecialized Training Day will be dedicated to other more advanced forms of dog training : “Extreme” Obedience, Nosework, Business Building, Detection Training, Target Training, E Collar Fluency, Bite-work, and more. This day will be structured according to level of interest, and will have a max number of topics we’ll be able to cover.
Specialized Training: Tuesday, 11/27
Simon and Kimberly will be conducting Private Sessions to offer more individualized, hands-on instruction. Whether to elaborate a bit more on workshop topics or address deeper concerns, these one-on-one sessions will be structured to guide, troubleshoot, and personally equip individuals in a wide range of subject matters. Sessions will be 90 min in length and will be limited in number.
Private Sessions: Wednesday, 11/28 and Thursday, 11/29
Location: Lake Tiak O’Khata, Louisville, MS

***Pet-friendly accommodations are available on-site (rules and restrictions will apply). There is a 2 dog max per room and an additional $150 working spot fee. A select number of rooms will be blocked off for the event through October 26th at the rate of $75/night. In order to secure a room on-site, please call : 1-888-845-6151 and reserve under the “PackFit” block of rooms.***

If the rooms are sold out, there are a number of other local options (though dogs may not be permitted).

Additional Dog : $150 (if bringing 2)

****We must have at least 20 participants by 10/26 in order to conduct the workshop, so please contact us prior to purchase.****

*****All funds are non-refundable.*****



Kimberly Artley is the Founder of PACKFIT, Author of the highly acclaimed book, “My Dog, My Buddha”, and has been described as the “Mary Poppins” of dog training. It was the hard lessons learned through her “game changer” dog, Lobo, and the many failed training experiences with professional dog trainers that catapulted her into the industry. Seeking answers to the why’s and how-to’s. Exploring all possible explanations as to what went amiss, what was lacking, or- conversely- what was in abundance; all in an effort to create balance, calm, and security.

Her experience with Lobo, in combination with her background of nutrition, psychology, learning, and behavior, for both human and canine, blends seamlessly together, allowing her to take a most comprehensive approach to successfully addressing a wide spectrum of canine behavioral challenges. Everything is interconnected, each influencing the next. She’s studied under many of the greats in the dog training world, has written articles and designed courses through various platforms such as: The Virginia-Maryland-Washington DC Dog Magazine, Working Dog Magazine, The Daily Om, etc., and is also Co-Editor for the Not a Bully campaign and mission.


Simon Prins is known for introducing operant conditioning to the Police K9 training world. For the last 25 years, he’s skillfully trained and purposed dogs for special operation missions, and has mastered the art of using robotics and sensors with dogs to perform such tasks successfully. He’s titled and trained countless dogs and trainers from special units across the globe, and firmly believes that science can significantly improve our work with animals. Simon Prins is a/n speaker, author, innovator, animal trainer and behaviorist, and is currently working with the Netherlands Police Agency.

In 2002, Simon created Urban Search and Rescue Unit selecting and training 16 dogs and handlers to work alongside him in search and rescue operations. In 2006, he started to incorporate the use of electronics with dogs even more, outfitting them with sensors andtraining them to carry small robots into operations.

In the years since, Simon has written countless training protocols and has developed a number of innovative training apparatuses. He believes that following protocols, collecting data, and educating trainers has been the key to his success, as well as replacing traditional punishment training methods with operant conditioning techniques. Simon travels the worlds extensively teaching working dog trainers how to do the same.

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