Ambassador Bullies Dog Training, Inc. is a South Brevard based, in-home dog training company that helps dog owners understand how to manage their dogs using our proven methods. We do NOT believe in "one size fits all" training.
Each individual dog and owner are at different levels of ability. For this reason, we start each client with a 90-minute, hands-on consultation to establish what YOU would like to gain through training. We then create a training program based specifically on YOUR needs and requests. We have clients ranging from first time dog owners doing puppy potty training, to experienced dog owners that are having issues they can no longer manage.
ABDT, Inc., specializes in bully breeds, however, we do not discriminate. We work with ALL breeds and sizes.
**Our methods are proven and based on actual and consistent results. ABDT, Inc. DOES NOT USE or CONDONE "Alpha/Dominance" techniques, or using "heavy hands" during dog training. These methods are harmful and out-dated, and will ultimately break the trust bond between the dog and handler**
ABDT, Inc. pride ourselves in building balanced, happy, obedient dogs using a balance of exercise, consistency, boundaries, and PRAISE!
Exercise, Boundaries, Consistency and Praise.
Ambassador bullies believes that there are a few key elements that must be
established to have a balanced bully.
1) Exercise: Dogs by nature tend to be very energetic. When a dog, especially a "bully breed", is not given the opportunity to use his/her physical energy in a constructive way, you may begin to see bad behaviors as a result.
2) Boundaries: We create balance by giving your dog VERY clear and consistent boundaries. A fully balanced dog respects rules and boundaries, both inside and out of the house.
3) Consistency: When we set a boundary, we enforce it. This is important because your dog needs to be absolutely clear on what you expect, therefore, making it easier for your dog to behave appropriately.
4) Praise: With firm boundaries MUST come lots of praise and reward! We will identify what motivates YOUR dog and capitalize on that motivation during training.
Meet the trainer
Kim - CEO & Lead Trainer
Kim has 15+ years of experience in working with "bully breeds". Kim specializes in shelter dogs and behavior modification.
Kim began working with dogs at the age of 10 when she joined her local "guide dog" 4H program, in Carson City, NV. This 4H program was geared specifically toward dog training for future guide dogs. "The 4H program I attended as a kid really sparked a passion for dog training and for dog psychology", says Kim.
In 2000 Kim purchased her first home and adopted her first "bully breed" dog from the local shelter. This dog was neglected and abused and Kim proudly rehabilitated this dog into a robust, confident healthy dog. Unfortunalty, the one thing Kim was unaware of at the time was how much this dog needed structure and rules.
"I was only concerned with making up for his rough past, he could do no wrong in my eyes" was Kim's theory at the time. Over time with all the freedom and lack of accountability this dog became aggressive toward other dogs and began to pick and choose which dogs he wanted to go after.
Having grown up with Labradors and having no experience with aggression Kim immediately set forth in trying to learn how to manage and more importantly curb these dangerous behaviors. After lengthy research Kim realized that she had unintentionally created a big, entitled, bratty dog and it was her responsibility to either solve the issue or consider euthanasia on this dog that she had poured her heart into.
"There was such a disconnect between the loving pup that cuddled with my kids and the crazy beast that would appear when he would see dogs he didn't approve of" says Kim about the dogs reactive behavior.
Once Kim discovered and developed the recipe for a successful bully she started helping other pet owners that were struggling with their dogs.
Ambassador Bullies was developed by Kim in order to fill a local need for a bully breed specialist. Kim wanted dog owners with difficult dogs to not feel any shame, guilt or embarrassment over their dogs poor behavior, but rather empower them to learn to manage and curb the dogs behavior, just like she did.
In 2010 Kim apprenticed for 1 year with a local veteran dog training organization where she learned to train service dogs for psychiatric disabilities.
Fear of dogs? Jumpy around dogs after an "incident"?
Kim specializes in assisting men and women suffering from PTSD or other anxiety based disorders. Kim works with clients to over come fear of dogs, after being attacked by a dog or after witnessing a dog fight involving your own pet. Kim can help build your confidence around dogs by helping you understand dog behavior and body language. She can teach you how to manage approaching stray dogs and how to remain empowered and in control.