Kim Smith is the owner and founder of Chasing The Wild LLC. Kim has always had a connection with animals of all kinds ever since she was a child. She would always have a pack of farm dogs following her around the acreage while she trained them. 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 and raw feeding for pets. Kim is also a certified Reiki Master and frequently utilizes this energy healing with her canine (and sometimes 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 several online dog training courses and has participated in hands-on dog training retreats. She has a community of dog trainers who she keeps in close connection 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 program of dog training that utilizes online learning platforms and coaching support as well as real world dog training and off-leash trail hikes. This style of dog training supports the clients as they navigate their dog training journey while getting their dogs trained in the real world scenarios.
Meet Ryan, Roza & Mya! Ryan is Kim’s husband and manages the back-end of the business while homeschooling the girls. The family often joins outings with the dogs to help with socialization and behavioral problems. Roza has taken an interest in dog training and is a natural with the dogs. You’ll often find her taging alongside her mom and the dogs.
Meet Caleb! Caleb is Kim’s bonus son and has grown up watching Kim work with animals from the early vet tech day 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 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.”