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Meet Nathalie

Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

In 2007 Nathalie entered the local dog industry as a professional dog hiker by setting up her business "The Dog Hikers". The business was unique in the SF South Bay. There was no other business offering a service where a group of dogs would go on a hike in one of the local Parks and Preserves. The business grew fast and became one of the most successful dog businesses in the South Bay. The combination of force free methods and hiking multiple dogs by a knowledgeable professional were a sought after service.
Nathalie continued her education in the dog training and behavior field. For most of that time she operated under the name Smith Dog Training. Nathalie continues to offer her knowledge and skills to non-profit rescue groups such as Love & Second Chances. Her specialities are puppies, fearful dogs and aggression.

Nathalie uses aversive free & humane dog training methods to teach dogs the skill set to be a successful member of our society. 

Nathalie shares her life with her husband Jeff. They have two adult children who flew the nest and a beautiful grandson. Nathalie also shares her life with 3 dogs and 1 cat. 





  • Penn Foster Dog Training Program

  • Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR


  • Dog Evaluator for Volunteer Dog Companion Program Mid Peninsula Open Space District


  • Certified Dog Walker ( San Francisco


  • Advanced Certified Dog Walker ( San Francisco


  • Dog Aggression to the next level with Jean Donaldson: Milpitas

  • Co-Founder of Award winning dog social network group: Dog Connect SF Bay Area

  • Dog to Dog Aggression Seminar with Sue Sternberg: Los Angeles


  • Academy for Dog Trainers

  • BAT with Grisha Stewart: Dublin

  • Get Smart about Training with Kathy Sdao: Petaluma


  • John Rogerson: Dog to Dog Aggression

  • Jean Donaldson 4 day seminar

  • Founder of Dog Bite Law & Prevention & Advocacy Group


  • Academy for Dog Trainers


  • CATCH Academy Mentor

  • AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC Star Puppy Instructor, AKC Community Canine and Urban CGC Evaluator.


  • Certified Fear-Free Professional (


  • Behavior Event at Best Friends in Kanab Utah with Janis Bradley, Chirag Patel, Emily Larlham, Jacqueline Munera, Emily Cassell and Lara Joseph.

  • David Mills: The Emotional World of Dogs: New Insights into Behavior and Training


  • Clicker Expo 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

  • Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan: Aggression in Dogs Workshop

  • CPDT-KA certification (

  • Aggression in Dogs Online Course


  • Geek Week: PPG (Pet Professional Guild)



  • Biology of Dog Aggression with Dr. Tim Lewis

  • Behavior Week with Chirag Patel


  • KPA Clicker Expo 2023 in Washington D.C.


  • Aggression and Anxiety Mentorship: A Deep Dive into Complex Behaviors (Camille Ward MS, PhD, CAAB)

  • Hersenwerk for Dogs

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Nathalie speaks fluently:



Meet Kimberly

Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

Meet Kimberly

Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

It is Kimberly's mission to educate canine guardians about positive, force free training methods.

Kimberly dedicates many hours to understanding the science behind how dogs learn and thus has adopted force free and rewards based training methods. No averse tools are used during her training sessions and are discouraged completely. She will teach these methods to puppy and adult dog guardians using fun and engaging techniques.

Kimberly is owned by two Great Danes and a Golden Retriever.  She enjoys her family time (two teenaged boys and husband) at the beach in their RV.



  • Dog Aggression: Positive Solutions with Pat Miller

  • Growl Class - A workshop for Reactive Dogs with Ian Dunbar

  • Reliability and Games Workshop - Ian Dunbar


  • Canine Science Symposium- SF SPCA

  • Michele Pouliot Clicker Seminar


  • Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan: Aggression in Dogs Workshop


  • Biology of Dog Aggression with Dr. Tim Lewis

  • Behavior Week with Chirag Patel


  • KPA Clicker Expo 2023 in Washington D.C.

  • CPDT-KA Certification


2005 - 2021

Fur Kid Academy


  • Private one on one dog training for families with problem behavior needs and family dog integration.

  • Pack and private dog walking to facilitate better social skills and loose leash walking.

  • Social play dates to encourage safe play and proper social cues.


Smith Dog Training

  • Partner trainer offering group PuppyGarten classes: socialization, beginning foundation skills, desensitization to novelties (umbrellas, tunnels, skateboards, medical equipment) for puppies 8-18 months old.

  • Partner trainer offering group Beginning Obedience classes for dogs 4 months - adult.


Town & Country Dog Training Club


  • Lead group trainer for Beginning foundation obedience skills for dogs 4 months and up. Foundation skills include: basic obedience commands, proper greeting, leash work, mat work, intro to tricks.

  • Lead group trainer for Intermediate obedience classes. Skills covered: advanced obedience commands, dropped leash stays and recall, CGC readiness, tricks.

  • CGC Evaluator: Currently have tested over 100 teams.

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