Meet Your Certified Dog Trainers

Kim is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, a Professional Canine Trainer-Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). In addition to continuing education requirements, all of these organizations hold Kim to high ethical standards as a condition of membership and to maintain all certifications. Kim is a Fear-Free Certified Animal Trainer, Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor, Puppy Start Right Preschool Instructor and an Animal Behavior College and CATCH Academy Mentor Trainer. What do Kim’s education and proven experience mean for you?

  • You will work with a trainer skilled in using positive teaching and training techniques with you and your dog to make training fun and engaging.
  • Assurance your trainer is educated about using science and behavior-based methods to make training more efficient and effective.
  • Kim will customize a training program specifically designed to help you and your dog communicate and succeed together.
  • Peace of mind knowing Kim participates in programs for quality assurance and continuing education to ensure the training you receive is based on modern research and technology without pain, force or fear and without electronic, prong or choke collars.
  • Kim pledges to teach and train using force-free principles so that you not only get fast results, but you build a strong bond with your dog at the same time.

In addition to private lessons for dogs and parrots, Kim teaches group classes and offers workshops for people, dogs and birds. Kim is currently teaching the following group classes: Manners and Life Skills, Focus and Communication, Loose Leash Walking and Rocket Recall, Rockin’ It With Your Reactive Dog, and Shock-Free Snake Safety.

Meet Our Group Class Instructors

Alicia Nicholas has been coaching dogs and their handlers since 2004. She’s won a variety of titles and championships in multiple venues, including: obedience, agility, dock diving, herding, tricks, stunt dog, rally, therapy dog, and scent work. Alicia has competed nationally and internationally in agility, attending multiple national championships in different venues. As a fifteen-year veteran high school-teacher, Alicia has the expertise to coach handlers at any level.

Alicia is committed to education and growth in the field of dog training. Alicia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Instructor (CBATI) and uses BAT to help dogs with fear, reactivity and confidence issues. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and is currently working on certification through Control Unleashed and Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

Over the years, Alicia has worked with and trained dogs of many different breeds and sizes, from Chihuahuas to Malinois, giving her a perspective about behavior that is unique in dog sports.

Alicia’s goal is to help people cultivate a lasting relationship with their dogs, one that will span a lifetime and foster the discovery of new passions, activities, and sports together. She believes that goals are an important part of the journey, but how you attain them is what matters!

Alicia believes you are an expert on your dog, and her role as an instructor is to provide an outside perspective, improving both your skill set and your dog’s abilities. Alicia will help you discover which activities you and your dog do best, and will help you improve your ability to work together. Recognizing what a dog enjoys and excels at is part of the relationship. She enjoys training dogs towards a goal and, as much fun as it is to win a title, the joy of living happily with your dog comes first. She encourages people to compete with the course more than the other entrants. It’s all about the journey.

Alicia currently teaches agility, scent work, tricks and stunt dog as well as other specialty topics at Building Bonds. You can contact Alicia directly at

Come learn how to enjoy the journey while training your dog and improving the dog-human relationship through positive reinforcement.

Karen Seifert is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), Certified Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor, and Association of Professional Dog Trainers member with thirty-three years of experience in classroom teaching and several years teaching group dog classes and providing in-home consultations. Karen participates in ongoing science-based education within the expanding field of animal behavior and believes in using positive training techniques that are relaxed, enjoyable and conducive to learning for both people and animals. Karen is currently a substitute teacher at Building Bonds. You can contact her directly at

Karen Paquette is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner. She has been a classroom educator for 20 years working with children with special needs. Karen has worked with a local scent detection dog group for 14 years and has served as the training director for almost five years. Karen participates in a vast number of scent detection workshops and seminars each year. She has served as an assistant instructor for the last three years at several of these workshops. She is a firm believer in using positive training techniques and building a strong relationship with your dog. Karen is currently substitute teaching at Building Bonds.

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