I am an amateur animal trainer. I have very strong beliefs about non-force training, power of choice, positive reinforcement, and never using punishment. As a result I am picky with choosing anyone to work with my pets. I had a trusted trainer in another state recommend Building Bonds to me as the best option in Tucson. And when I read through the website I immediately knew it was a good match. Positive reinforcement is not always the fastest method but it will produce the best results with the happiest animals and quality of life is not something you compromise on. When I paid for a consult for my dog I immediately could tell Kim knows her job. She is smart, kind, and knowledgeable. Yes I may be an amateur trainer but I am just that, amateur. And Kim has so much to teach me. She understands animal psychology in a way that only natural talent and hard work can achieve. My dog took to her in seconds and could tell she has a good soul. And Kim puts animal welfare first which is then most important quality I can imagine in a trainer. She’s the best Tucson has to offer.
Denis and Barbara F.
We contracted Kim for private lessons when we first got our puppy. She was EXCEPTIONAL!!! Myself not being a stranger to dog training and behavior in general, was quite impressed with her depth of knowledge and experience! Not only that but, our puppy just fell in love with her! Her whole persona inspires trust and confidence on the dog. She is quite patient and resourceful in getting the dog to follow her directions. Uses "positive reinforcement" as taught by Karen Pryor and has trained under her academy. She is also full of advise and willing to share it. I would highly recommend her!
When my husband and I adopted a dog, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, we just knew we wanted a dog! Luckily, Kim was there to help. I had zero experience with dog training (my family always used a shock collar) but our little guy was so sweet and I hated the thought of hurting him. I was so relieved to learn that Kim uses clicker-training, which I hadn’t heard of at the time.To make a long story short, I joined a group training class and it was awesome. Our dog learned all of the basic commands and Kim taught me how to train him too! He responded so well to positive reinforcement training and I felt good knowing he was enjoying it. I finished the class armed with the skills to continue to teach our dog new tricks.Kim is not only very knowledgeable, she is also professional and truly a lover of all animals. I appreciated her understanding that I had zero experience with dog training, and she answered all of my crazy dog mom questions without judgement
Kim Silver has the innate ability to understand dogs' behavior and because of this she is able to train them with a minimum of effort. It is quite incredible to have her come to your home and in just a few minutes watch her get your dog to do what you despaired of getting him to do. Then, all that is necessary is to repeat the exercise she has already taught them. I highly recommend Kim to anyone who needs their dog trained whether it is a puppy or an adult dog. And it is to the dog's benefit that there has been no coercion whatsoever which means that you build a strong durable bond with your dog. Kim is quite remarkable!
Building Bonds works wonders. Kim is wonderful. She takes the time to get to know you and your dog. She is very knowledgeable about a variety of topics. She is extremely patient and calm, which makes everyone else calm
Training was a gift for my mom and a Yorkie. Kim was very knowledgeable about dogs. She provided helpful ideas and suggestions to help the two get along better. Kim went above and beyond proving samples, literature and resources on subjects of interest. Highly recommend her service
Kim, thanks so much for your help. We are adopting Amber as the cat and dog are now co-existing. We sought out lots of help, but your encouragement and tips were the best.
We signed our little Shih Tzu Walter up for the Rockin' It With Your Reactive Dog class at Building Bonds due to his reactivity to other dogs in our condo complex. I really likes the way Kim took the time to make sure everyone in the class understood how to read our dogs body language, she kept the class small so that everyone could get the most out of the class. She made it fun for the dogs and really knows how to work with the dog owner combination so that they can work together and learn what the other is asking of them in a positive and calm way. If you are looking for a great trainer who honestly cares about your dog and want's to help you understand your dog better then Kim is the trainer to go to
This training really does work. Totally overnight? Not quite. Our std. schnauzer was 10 months olds. We had only had him for four months. We knew he needed more obedience work, especially with new pet parents. For 35+ years we had relied on "choke chain" methodology through classes in Tucson. When they seemed unavailable this last January, we were referred to Bldg.Bds./Kim Silver. We started with private sessions so as to understand this "building bonds" idea. After the first session, I was questioning whether or not this so-called "total positive reward-click and treat" was the real deal. Imagine my brain wanting to try this out, yet all past experience said "yeah, right". Remember, "Patience Grasshopper"? I laugh now, but I wasn't so inclined at first. The training works because you are investing long term in your dog's wellbeing. Kim is very knowledgeable regarding pet behavior and did a great job of translating it to the how and why of dog training. And with Kim Silver guiding you and your pet, amazing changes can happen very quickly. So we had a good outcome with private sessions. Luckily, Kim was starting a new group class. What a fun and worthwhile time. Eight weeks went by too soon. From then until now, when certain issues came up, we have had additional private sessions with Kim. Finally, if you're still reading this, not only does Kim help you understand your dog, you just might have a new understanding of yourself. I'm glad I do. I look forward to working with Kim again when appropriate.
I cannot recommend Kim enough if you are on the search for a dog trainer. She is extremely qualified, uses only the most effective and humane methods, and has a compassion for her job that is very visible in the quality of service she provides. She approaches each dog and each client differently, and has an amazing ability to find the most appropriate solution to any problem you may have. My recently adopted dog, Finn, had serious issues with anxiety and fear towards new people and new experiences in general. She developed a plan to help change Finn’s fearfulness, and since implementing it I have seen a dramatic change in his confidence and ability to handle new situations. If I ever have a question or concern she always gives me a detailed response almost immediately. If you are looking to not only train your dog, but also build a trusting relationship with them, then choosing Kim is the best choice for you.
I was referred to Kim at Building Bonds when I checked with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for a proper trainer for my interest in therapy dog training. I had ZERO experience in handling/training dogs and I really wanted a true professional that was knowledgeable and interested in training (some train but don't seem to be interested in training) as well as being kind and educating the dogs and their owners/handlers. Kim does just that. She is special and the dogs love her. In attending her classes, I was amazed at the many accomplishments and the importance of the words "Building Bonds". The teaching is simple and powerful. In maybe taking 10-15 minutes daily to work with my teammate, I really started to see the training working and I just loved it! We (my dog and I) both enjoyed and learned from each other and my dog smiles when we train together! It really is fun! Kim indeed knows her business well, and she brings joy, interest, education and fun into the workout. I am going back to take more classes and strengthen and renew those bonds. Be investing in a small amount of time, life and living with your dog brings much more than expected. This training conveys great joy and happy, enjoyable times! My sincerest gratitude goes out to Kim for changing my life in a way that I could have never expected.
We could not be happier with the work that Kim did with our little-year-old puppy who was rescued from a very, very violent situation. When we first got Merlyn, he would not get close to any humans and kept hiding in various places in the backyard refusing to get anywhere near us. The whole situation was tragic and we were determined to help him heal and become a playful puppy. Kim worked with us several times a week at first and he eventually proceeded to eat out of our hands and lay peacefully at my feet as I studied. He is now a playful and curious puppy, who loves to play with his buddy Meka and now welcomes strangers to the house with a curious tilted head, even if he doesn't want them to touch him. I am sure that most shelters would have put him down being so terrified of everything. But, with Kim's help we have a wonderful, playful companion who bounces around and races with his toys throughout our backyard, cuddles, and does not want to miss anything going on! Thank you so much Kim.
I have been lucky enough to have had Kim work with 2 of my dogs, personal and foster. She has shown everything from basic commands using clicker training and gestures, to desensitization and counter conditioning. She is a patient trainer, who will answer any and all concerns you have and check up on her students as well. Months ago, JJ and Eddie were not friendly at family get togethers, and I would put them in another room. Now they are confident enough to socialize and jump up on laps to be pet. Eddie has made huge strides with being touched in certain areas. And now knowing what triggers his moods, I am able to distract him with games, treats or just verbal cues. I would highly recommend Kim and Building Bonds to anyone who needs some help, it doesn’t matter if it is a little or a lot. I LOVE her methods using force free training! She has left me with the confidence and knowledge to work with my other dogs too! I can’t thank Kim enough!!!!
As a trainer that retired several years ago, I am impressed with the patience that Kim demonstrated while helping to update my technical knowledge. She was able to give me lots of practical new ideas for helping my recently rescue dogs that are both fearful and reactive. I would certainly recommend her to any one needing help in changing the behavior of their dogs in ways that will enhance the relationship for all involved
Wonderful Trainer! Wonderful experience for us and our reactive puppy. We are learning a lot. My puppy is showing improvement already
I started taking our dog to see Kim due to her being demanding and at times dog aggressive. Kim evaluated her and we started taking the beginning obedience classes. It was like she became a different dog instantly! She stopped being so pushy and she learned boundaries which also helped with the other dogs in our household. Our dog would get so excited to see the other dogs in the class that she would bark the majority of the class. Kim made a barrier for her to keep calm so she wouldn't get so excited and IT WORKED! She never showed any type of dog aggression in class either. When people would walk their dogs in front of our house she wasn't reactive to them either. Usually she'd be trying to knock down our front door. When Kim worked with her it was hard to believe she was the same dog that was so overbearing and wouldn't listen. I can't recommend Kim and Building Bonds enough to people! Thanks Kim!
Kim is a caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable dog trainer who has been extremely helpful to me and my rescue dog, Brie, in helping 5 year old Brie decrease her manic type behavior, that could appear aggressive to another dog, when she sees another dog on a walk. Kim only uses positive reinforcement techniques to help improve a dog’s behavior. With consistent practice, I am convinced that Brie’s dysfunctional behavior will be totally eliminated. I highly recommend Kim and her use of positive reinforcement, clicker training, to help a dog owner with any behavioral problems that her/ his dog may present
I had the pleasure of working with Kim with our dog, Dublin, who was newly rescued at the time, and suffers from separation anxiety and fear aggression. Using positive reinforcement, improving Dublin’s experiences, and building his self-confidence, we were able to improve and modify a number of issues that we were having. We have continued to work diligently with Dublin to continue to improve his quality of life and decrease his stresses. I would highly recommend Kim and the techniques that she uses. In addition, she continues to learn and broaden her knowledge base to offer even more to her clients and their pets
Ben, me and Jordy have learned so much through Kim's approach to calming Jordy and making him work for his praises. He is doing very well, going to the mat without a problem. We still have some issues with him wanting to be right where the grandkids are, but as soon as soon as he has calmed down, he's able to join. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but being consistent with him is the only way we can and do make it all happen. We really like Kim's training by example as it lets us know when we're not where we should be in any situation. Thanks Kim. I know we'll be seeing you soon!
After our family rescued a dog we knew immediately that she had some challenges that we needed help working with. I contacted Kim and we started working on the small things. Kim is absolutely wonderful! Not just with our dogs but with us as well. She is calm, understanding, extremely knowledgable and resourceful. This dog we had rescued (Sadie) was the biggest "challenge" dog I had ever had. After working with Kim, Sadie has turned into an amazing part of our family. Thank you Kim for your dedication and continued support with Sadie
We have had a great experience with Kim at Building Bonds. We have two dogs with two very different personalities and Kim took that into account and gave us many great tips and tools to work with each of them. I appreciated her knowledge and positive approach to working with the dogs. She truly went above and beyond for us, and I would definitely recommend her!
I had a GREAT EXPERIENCE! Kim was very helpful. I'm seeing satisfying results already after only 2 sessions
A great approach to training without using shock collars or force training. Our rescue has had two 6 week courses with Kim and she was just amazing!
Kim was very positive and attentive to my dog Taz. She gave me lots of good ideas and offered excellent feedback. My dog loved the experience (and the treats) and learned a lot
Kim has been everything I could hope for in helping to train my two wonderful, but rambunctious beasts. She is kind, clear and prompt. Kim has done great work with both my dogs
We have a very special needs dog from the pound, but many hyper, intensive issues in a large & wiry dog. We needed a combination of fluoxetine (doggie downers), and surgical removal of dew claws to keep this dog alive. We also needed special training in making a beast into a gentleman through Building Bonds training. The training of Kim was entirely successful. Our 3 pronged approach has kept Ezio going through his 1st year with us. We're expecting more from a dog who has learned that at least trying to be a good dog is a good thing. We move forward every day