Meet Our Team

Kim walking a pack of dogs. Dog trainer.

Kim Smith is the owner and founder of Chasing The Wild LLC. She is lead dog trainer here at Chasing The Wild. Kim has always had a connection with animals of all kinds ever since she was a child. She would always have a pack of dogs following her around her family farm in Iowa. Not much has changed really!

After pursuing an education in veterinary technology, animal science and animal ecology she worked nearly 14 years as a veterinary technician. She spent 4 of those years working in holistic medicine where she learned an extensive knowledge in holistic health care for pets. Kim is a Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist and advocates for healthier diets for our dogs. She is also a certified Reiki Master and frequently utilizes this energy healing with her canine human clients. Her deep roots and knowledge in a holistic lifestyle for dogs has helped transform the lives of many dogs and their people.

Kim has studied animal behavior for years and has taken online dog training courses, participated in hands-on dog training retreats and workshops. Kim recently trained with Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, and his trainers at the Dog Psychology Center in California. She plans on returning in 2022 for further training. She is connected with a community of dog trainers who she connects with for support and guidance. Kim feels it is important to continuously learn and improve her skills, consistently reinvesting back into her own personal and professional growth. 

Kim also has a deep connection with the natural world. She is always outside adventuring and hiking, with or without the dogs! She has a deep desire to give back to the earth she is so deeply connected with and frequently hosts clean up events to give back to the community and earth. 

Kim has developed a community based dog training program that utilizes online learning platforms, real world training and coaching support as well off-leash trail hikes. This style of dog training supports the clients as they navigate their dog training journey while getting their dogs accustomed to the real world.

Ryan and his daughters- dog trainers

Ryan and Kim have been together nearly 20 years! Over the years Ryan has learned a lot about dogs directly from Kim. He has a vast knowledge in dog psychology and handling and will frequently be seen out working the dogs alongside Kim. Ryan also manages the back-end of the business so Kim can focus on the dogs and their humans. He also manages the household while homeschooling the girls. Their two daughters, Roza & Mya also love to adventure with the dogs and spending time with the family. It’s a beautiful balance and we are grateful!

 

Dog Trainer Caleb sitting on steps with a pack of dogs


Meet Caleb! Caleb is Ryan’s son and Kim’s bonus son. He has grown up watching Kim work with animals from the early vet tech days to the growth and expansion of Chasing The Wild. He knew from a young age that he would someday work alongside his bonus mom. Caleb is an upcoming dog trainer!

Caleb has extensive hands on experience working with animals, everything from our own personal pets to clients pets to dogs with behavioral problems. Over the past year Caleb has been learning the art of dog training. He has made a deep connection with the dogs in the pack and continues to grow and develop his skills every day. 

Through working and learning with Kim, Caleb hopes to continue his path of helping dogs have better behavior as well as growing himself along the way. As we say on the trail, “It’s so much more than dog training.”

 

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