PRAISE FOR PACKFIT
Working with Kimberly was the best decision and investment I could have made for my dog and for me! When we first reached out to Kimberly, we were distraught about our dog’s behavior and feeling very unsure of how to fix it. But Kimberly first made us feel confident and secure about our decision to seek help and then armed us with the knowledge we needed to improve our behavior and, in turn, help our dog. Kimberly helped us to reflect on ourselves — our values, habits, and behaviors — and set personal goals in other areas of life. I didn’t know just how helpful her approach would be, but in time, I saw a huge change not only in my dog but in myself. By encouraging us to be better version of ourselves while also understanding more fully our dog’s needs, Kimberly allowed us to be leaders and advocates for our dog in all situations. Kimberly truly understands dogs and their humans, and her life coaching experience turned out to a vital part of the training process. In the short time that we worked with Kimberly, we received invaluable guidance, information, and feedback. She was always honest and candid with us about the situation and how to improve. Since working with Kimberly, family and friends have commented on how different both we and our dog are — how calm and confident we’ve all become. Personally, I have grown in many ways and learned a lot about myself since working with Kimberly. All of that is due to the investment we made and to Kimberly’s steady guidance along the way. Thank you, Kimberly! I know that we are now equipped with the tools we need to overcome any challenge, thanks to your support!Meghan W.
Working with Kimberly has been a truly life changing experience. I got my dog, Lupin, almost a year ago days before I graduated university. He was a dream; amazing with people, calm, gentle, just the absolute sweetest. When I brought him home to meet my family’s dog it was a whole different story. He became possessive, vicious, aggressive and honestly really terrifying. I took him back to Ohio where we worked with a dog trainer, mostly on obedience, and while that was great his reactivity and my confidence as a dog trainer were not being addressed. When I moved back to Virginia and in with my family Lupin and our family dog, Lola, were fighting constantly. It created a negative environment for everyone in the house. That’s when I found PackFit.
Kimberly Artley’s/Packfit is by far TOPS! Kimberly’s education,experience firm, calm and cheery demeanour is truly the best training approach for people and their pups. I inquired about training with Packfit after tons of research, I thought Packfit would suit our needs, and I couldn’t be more pleased!!! I have learned much and Im very grateful. I suggest look no further for your human/pup, education/understanding and training needs!Beth P.
Kim has been an amazing resource for us and our two k9 companions. We have 2 rescue dogs and one has some deep rooted fear issues from her time in a puppy mill. Kim helped us to understand dog behavior and communication which laid the foundation to better develop ways to help our dog Kona adjust to her new life. It’s been a long process but Kim as been there for us in so many ways. She is not only the best dog trainer we have ever met, she is an amazing human being. It’s been a joy to work with her and most importantly to have her guidance on our journey. You can’t find a better person to not only help your dog but to help the humans on the other end of the leash. 🙂Dennis F.
After searching multiple sites and trying out two other trainers, we found Kimberly on Thumbtack and liked what we read. Her “holistic” approach to dog training really appealed to us and aligned perfectly with our view of the connection between nutrition, physical and mental health, and behavior. When we did the IBAC, we immediately felt a click between the three humans (Kimberly + puppy parents) and Lucy (puppy). Through our work with Kimberly during the training sessions and our practice at home, Lucy has become more calm, responsive, and seems now to recognize us as the “pack leaders”. One of the most important lessons we learned is that adjusting on our own energy and behavior is key to effect change in our dog’s energy and behavior. It is important to bear in mind that no trainer – no matter how good – can make a dog’s behavior change consistently and permanently after the training program without the owners’ follow-through. With Kimberly’s guidance and our constant practice, we’re confident that we will continue making steady progress and nurture a balanced, well-behaved dog and a loving, respecting bond between us.Gloriana E.
We contacted Kimberly through the packfit website and got an immediate response and date set up for an IBAC (initial behavioral assessment and consultation) for our Boxer puppy, Gus. Kimberly came to our apartment to meet with us for a little over two hours, where she gave us A LOT of information regarding our puppy, as well as our energy and the way we interact with him. We also learned a ton about nutrition and exercise. This is a very short short list of things Kimberly went over with us at the IBAC. After this meeting, we received a lengthy email following up, which went over everything we discussed as well as different options for Gus’s training programs. Gus is an extremely high energy and very excitable (70 pound) puppy that does not know how to cope with this energy and state of mind. He had trouble with relaxing and this excitement and energy manifested itself into jumping and biting. These behaviors occurred a lot on walks as well as inside our apartment. These were our main concerns with Gus, but his behaviors did not end there. Gus found ways to entertain himself, such has chewing on our couch or stealing food off of the counter. Name any puppy behavior and it was most likely on our list of concerns. Our biggest concern was the rate at which Gus was growing and how strong he was getting.
We chose the two week stay and learn program (that includes a very informative online course) after going back and forth a lot because we knew we needed a lot of help and a lot of groundwork laid for us. While waiting for the stay and learn to begin (and during), Kimberly was ALWAYS available via phone and email whenever we had a question. She would send very detailed responses that helped more than any website or article did. She also helped many times when I would be losing hope. She reassured me that everything will be ok and we could get this under control. Well, Kimberly has had Gus for 8 days now and WOW are we amazed with the progress he has made. We have received many many many videos (I call them mini lessons) of Gus showing what he has accomplished. For example, I used to avoid bringing him outside and on long walks because he would be distracted by anything and everything (jumping, biting, running). Kimberly sent a video of Gus sitting outside without holding his leash while running and jumping around him and he stayed the entire time. Never in a million years would I think Gus would make this much progress in such a short period of time. This is only one example of the many areas she has worked on and improved majorly. Although we miss Gus a great deal, we know how much this is benefitting him. I can assure you that Packfit is the way to go. The best of the best to work with your beloved fur babies 🙂. I can’t thank Kimberly enough!
Kimberly was so informative and a joy to talk with about crazy, lovable, needy, silly 9-month-old dog. We had her come for an IBAC and got a lot of information we could immediately put into practice.
After out initial IBAC, Kimberly emailed us and broke down what we could with Finn. We opted for the Stay and Learn. While it was an expensive investment for us, we knew that we and Finn deserved a more balanced and calmer existence. Kimberly has an arsenal of knowledge for dogs and humans. She listens to your concerns, questions, and thoughts about everything. She was in contact every day with videos, pictures, and thoughts about how Finn was doing. It was such a joy watching Finn progress as much as he did. Before, he was an active young dog, who never settled down. He was always on the go. While, we know he is still a puppy (toddler) she worked with him to channel his puppy energy through structured walks, duration work, and nurturing calm. All I can say is, WOW! While Finn will continue to test us, he is significantly calmer and will listen and follow through. She set an amazing foundation for us to work with and we can only see him get even more awesome!
I’ve had one lesson with Kimberly and wished I had contacted her sooner to get started on training my German Shepherd rescue. What I like best about Kimberly’s approach is her care and attention for the well-being of my dog. Working with Kimberly has helped me to understand that an obedient dog isn’t necessarily a happy or well-adjusted dog. Kimberly’s method of training takes in the “whole dog” concept addressing nutrition, mental, and physical fitness. As a new dog owner she’s helped me to understand how to interpret my dogs behavior and what my dog needs from me as the pack leader. Training is fun, the homework is simple and Kimberly is always on hand to answer a question. The welcome package (lots of goodies) she provided exceeded my expectations and Kimberly has become my “go-to” for additional resources for my dog.Jennifer A.
My little buddy Rhody is a highly energetic, loving puppy of about 7 months. However, since he came into my life at around 3 months, he suffered from a great amount of anxiety and fear of the outside world. The big, scary noises of city life didn’t bring him comfort, and it was difficult to get him the exercise and lifestyle he needed and deserved. After three weeks of Packfit’s Stay and Learn program, and thanks to Kimberly Artley’s dedication to my (and all) dog’s well-being and peace of mind, Rhody is now much calmer, more receptive to my leadership, and braver in his life outdoors. As Kimberly astutely teaches, this is where the journey begins: she shows us that the trust built in a relationship between person and pup is essential for continued growth and maturity. She’s not only helped Rhody, but me as well, find patience and peace of mind in our relationship, making our day-to-day life – including walks, playtime, mealtime, and ongoing training – much easier and enjoyable. Thank you, Kimberly and your wonderful pack, for helping Rhody and me build trust and respect between each other, and for giving us the tools to keep improving as we look forward to the next adventure!Charlie H.
Kimberly is ahhhh-mazing! Her aura and energy with our two and four-legged family has made such a difference already.Karen R.
We were ready to give up on our new puppy. She was absolutely adorable and loving with us, her immediate family. But when anyone else got near she would attack. She came very close to biting on several occasions. She was very fearful of anyone but us. And she was only 3 months old. Two other trainers told us they felt it was going to be her behavior for life and they did not think she could be trained without muzzling her. They highly recommended we return her, which I knew would mean she would be put down. From the first conversation Kimberly was convinced her behaviors could change. She spent hours informing me of what dogs need and how dogs and humans need to interact. I learned more from her in a 3 hour session than I ever knew before about canines. I was hesitant and just not sure Bela could change. But I agreed to hire Kimberly and have Bela go into the Stay and Learn program. While expensive, I considered it a sound investment to ensure Bela and I could learn what we needed to do to make sure she and I were meeting her needs. Within 2 days Kimberly had gained Bela’s trust and to watch on video her progression has been amazing. I would never have believed it. It is very evident that not only does Kimberly love dogs, she understands them and is very passionate in helping others understand them as well. If only everyone could spend time with her, there would be a lot fewer instances of people giving their dogs up. I highly recommend that pet owners sign up for her course, or have her come to your house and conduct an IBAC for your pet. It will be the best money and time you have ever invested. Thanks Kimberly.Tamara W.
Life-changing on so many levels!!!!Holly L.
My first conversation with Kimberly over the phone gave me hope that I might be able to improve my relationship with our 1 1/2 year old Miss Bonny and help her be a calmer and happier dog. While Bonny responded very quickly to Kimberly’s energy, it took me a while to accept and respond to the fact that much of Bonny’s frustrations and bad behaviors were the result of my behavior. In the kindest possible way, Kimberly conveyed the importance of my energy and consistency with commands for Bonny.
The sessions we had were not only incredibly helpful, but fun. Kimberly was an absolute pleasure to work with and the change in Bonny’s behavior is amazing.
Many thanks to Kimberly!Susan A.
Ms. Kimberly! Thanks to your incredibly helpful and insightful training sessions we were able to confidently take Mandu along with us to pick berries and go to a winery where there were tons of people, children, and other dogs! She seemed to enjoy every moment as much as we did – when we got home, she K.O.ed and fell asleep on my sister’s arm and tummy. Thank you so much for all your help and care! We look forward to the rest of our training session with you and until then we’ll do our best to keep her as balanced and happy as possible!! Much love, Mandu’s familyMandu’s family
Kimberly Artley brought new hope into our lives when we thought there was none left to find. After adopting a high energy dog with some deep rooted issues, I knew it was going to take a very special, educated and experienced person to help us. This is exactly what we got when Kimberly visited us in our home. She offered us the guidance, tools and knowledge that has allowed our lives to return to balance. There is no better feeling than to know she is always there to offer her advice and wisdom. PACKFIT changed our lives!Mindy V.
My husband and I adopted Oliver from a dog rescue in New Jersey in 2010. He was a fun, loving puppy. He was easily housebroken and crate trained. Despite all of the positive aspect Oliver displayed, he was always a little anxious (like me!).
We thought he would grow out of his nervousness. He did not. Finally, long overdue, we made the decision to seek assistance from a professional. Our goal was to decrease Oliver’s anxiety.
We searched for trainers, we requested recommendations from friends, we combed through websites. We found PACKFIT. We loved the mission and vision of Kimberly’s business. We thought her philosophies would be a great match for Oliver.
PACKFIT changed our lives! Kimberly took the time to understand our situation, Oliver’s needs, and our desires. Kimberly kindly reminded us that we needed to be the leaders Oliver was asking us to be. She taught us the language Oliver was speaking. She gave us the tools to meet Oliver’s needs, in turn, increasing his quality of life.
Oliver is a completely different dog now, and I must say, we are completely different dog parents. Our home, once filled with an anxious tone, is now Oliver’s soft place to land. It is our calm spot in our busy world.
This is all because Kimberly came into our lives.Kristen M.
After getting our 8-month-old dog, Jasper, from the pound we soon realized we were blessed with a high-energy puppy. Even though we did basic obedience we still had behavioral problems that made our home stressful. So we reached out to Kim and I realized in our first meeting she was the one for us! She told us so much about dogs and how to interact with them. We have already seen drastic changes in Jasper’s behavior in just the first 2 sessions. She made sessions active and gave so much helpful information. Jasper know’s he’s in for a fun day (and super special treats!) when he sees Kim waiting for him in our complex’s parking lot. I look forward to more sessions and hope to join group hikes with her in the future!Kate D.
Working with Kim probably has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. On a personal level, Kim is warm, kind, compassionate and understanding. Professionally, working with her is probably one of the most important investments I have ever made. My dog, Louis, and I are more balanced and happier because of Kim. Thank you, Kim. I’m so happy to have found you!Sevinc Y.
We hired Kimberly to work with our two dogs. She is the perfect fit for us and our 2 pups. She is knowledgable and after one visit we have seen tremendous change in our pet’s behavior. We are looking forward to her continued help with us and our dogs. She gets it!Bonnie S.
We were at our wits end with Dino after moving from the suburbs to the city. He was super aggressive, reactive and we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to keep him. Thank goodness we found Kimberly and PACKFIT. She helped us understand our role in his behavior and that we needed to step up and be the pack leaders he needed. We had Dino stay and train with Kimberly for 2 weeks and she was great about sending videos almost every day and keeping in contact with us about his progress. We saw amazing results after just 2 days!
Now our work begins on how to be consistent, set boundaries and step up to our roles. When I saw Dino walk around our neighborhood with Kimberly at drop-off, I literally started crying happy tears. I no longer feel helpless and instead feel empowered!
Thank you so much, Kimberly. You’ve truly changed our lives!Bev & Chris L.
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