Kevin Witmyer has been passionate about dogs from his earliest memories, growing up with his Pomeranian, Lisa. Dogs were always a part of the family. During his 25-year career in Public Safety, which included serving as a Firefighter, Police Officer and as a Paramedic, Kevin began working with his own dogs starting in 1988 with his Dalmatian, Maggie. After retiring from this career and spending more time working with his dogs, a new career choice was clearly obvious. Kevin began gaining experience working under another trainer in group classes in Basic and Advanced Obedience while studying canine behavior and psychology. Believing that there is no “one size fits all” method for dog training, he has studied various methods used today in order to develop a well stocked “tool box” enabling him to use a method that will work for dogs and their families on an individual basis. Finding the best method allows him to help you and your dog succeed.
Kevin’s passions are understanding how dogs think, learn, interact and communicate with each other and their people. He believes that once communication and understanding occur, the door to learning is wide open! And some of the most successful learning occurs when the lessons are FUN for everyone involved. This communication and understanding can grow a very strong bond and partnership.
As times change and circumstances become different, his focus has broadened to include Working Dogs; specializing in Psychological Service Dogs. When not training, Kevin can be found in the company of his own Service Dog, Six.
Kevin is well known to many trainers, groomers, pet sitters, walkers, and training enthusiasts across the US, Canada, and abroad for his active participation in an online community dedicated to dog behavior and training.
Kevin lives in Battle Creek, MI with his son and their three dogs, Gracie, Rose, and Six; with whom he enjoys Barn Hunt.