Positive Dog Training For Pets & Their People

More Solutions, Less Stress!

Positive Dog Training For Pets & Their People

More Solutions, Less Stress!

Private Training Services

Training and behavior modification for all breeds of puppies and adult dogs, helping to turn problem behaviors into desired behaviors and bring added peace and calm into your life.  Servicing the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities in Los Angeles, CA.

About PAWSitive Hound Dog Training

Let me help you start changing your dog’s problem behaviors with solutions to real-life issues, and make life with your dog more enjoyable – call me to schedule in-home training sessions!

Individualized training and help provided for many issues including:
  • Polite manners
  • Leash walking skills
  • Barking/lunging on walks
  • Jumping/greeting behaviors
  • Puppy nipping, chewing, digging
  • Potty training issues
  • Recall/come when called
  • First-time puppy/dog parent
  • Recently adopted rescue pup
  • Family/kids concerns
  • And more!

Kim Kurland holds the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a mark of professional distinction from the leading independent certifying organization of the dog training profession.   She is a Master Class graduate from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, earning the title of Certified Dog Trainer.  Kim is a Fear-Free Certified Training Professional and a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, helping families increase their knowledge and skills to safely integrate dogs and children in the home. 

Kim is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a preferred trainer with Basset Rescue Network at Daphneyland in Acton, CA and has extensive dog handling and training experience in the shelter environment with Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, CA.  Her professional memberships include the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, devoted to force-free training and pet care.

Dedicated to providing effective and lasting solutions to her clients and committed to strengthening the relationship between dogs and their families through science-base training and behavior modification, Kim pursues continuous learning by regularly attending professional seminars, keeping current on industry literature and protocols, and learning from all the dogs and people with whom she’s had the pleasure to work.

Successful in force-free, fear-free training and behavior problem-solving, Kim has an acute understanding of the way dogs see the world and how they use their body language to communicate with other dogs and people.  She trains with the understanding that each dog is an individual who has a choice in behavior, and appreciates that dogs shouldn’t be expected to come into our lives instinctively knowing how to live in our households – but by utilizing positive, force-free, reward-based methods, and training with consistency, repetition and patience, they can become treasured family members.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Kim transitioned from a successful executive career in Entertainment Publicity to a career that paired her expert canine and human communication skills with her passion for dogs, how they learn and how to help people understand their dogs better.

Kim founded PAWSitive Hound Dog Training, which provides positive training for pets and their people throughout the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, CA.  She lives in Tarzana, CA.

Servicing Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley
(and surrounding communities) including:
  • Studio City
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Encino
  • Tarzana
  • Woodland Hills
  • Calabasas
  • Malibu
  • Topanga
  • Hidden Hills
  • Chatsworth
  • Reseda
  • Van Nuys
  • Northridge
  • West Hills
  • Canoga Park

Reasons to Choose Us

Science-based Training

Kim is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) utilizing science-based training focused on how dogs (and people) learn. She uses the highest ethical practices in training – no shock collars, e-collars, prong or pinch collars.

Positive Reinforcement

Training is based on positive reinforcement and reward-based methods – giving your dog the opportunity to make a choice in their behavior (and be rewarded for it!).

Focused on Success

Training is focused on setting your dog up for success to help you see an improvement in problem behaviors and an increase in your dog’s skills.


Training is conveniently conducted in your home, providing your dog with the opportunity to learn in his/her own environment; management solutions and problem-solving directly related to your home environment can be addressed on site.

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Dogs do speak but only to those who know how to listen.

– Orhan Pamuk

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

– Roger Caras

If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.

– Unknown

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.

– Unknown