Trainers

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Kim Petrone

Kim Petrone has been working and training dogs for over 20 years. Her style is balanced and guided by the dogs personality and ability to learn. She got her start as a member of Bayshore Companion Dog Training Club in Red Bank, New Jersey. It was here she trained her first dog, a Standard Poodle named Max. As years progressed at Bayshore she mentored, assisted and trained several classes in Pet and Competition Obedience training and participated and competed in Agility.

Since moving to Myrtle Beach 18 years ago most of her dog training has been with her own animals and friends. She is a past President of the Myrtle Beach Kennel Club and very active with the AKC. The owner and operator of Wayside Kennel Gear since 1994, Kim manufactures and sells some very unique pet products. She is the developer of the “Hide-A-Pinch” prong collar and “Harmony Pet Products.”

Most recently she is a registered CGC evaluator and offers classes and training for Puppies, Trick dogs and Canine Good Citizen. Kim is also a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and the AKC. Her training philosophy is guided by doing the best for you and your pet and Kim is dedicated to improving the relationship between dogs and their people by education and well guided training.

Julie Benoit

Julie was born and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. Julie moved from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1992. She now lives in Wilmington with her husband Ed and son Logan.

Julie had 2 dogs before she met Ed, her second husband – a Beagle/Corgi mix named Trixie who passed away in 2015 and a Dachshund named Alice. In 2005 they added Cleo – a Lab/Whippet mix to their pack. In 2016 Julie and Ed got their newest addition to their pack – Jacques – a Boston Terrier/Amstaff Mix.

Julie always wanted a Therapy Dog so she decided to enroll Cleo in obedience classes. After several different facilities, she found Einstein’s K-9. Cleo was very shy and skittish but with a lot of work and help she eventually became the Therapy Dog Julie always wanted. Julie and Cleo have been a Therapy Dog Team at New Hanover Regional Medical Center since 2009.

After taking classes at Einstein’s K9 Julie began her mentorship with Patrice Kaizar – a well known and respected trainer and handler. She and her Dobermans are well known in the Obedience, Agility and Rally circles. Julie started teaching on her own at Einstein’s K9 in 2007.

In October 2016, Patrice Kaizar, owner of Einstein’s K-9 relocated to New Jersey. Julie and Ed decided to “take the leap” and start their own business “Einstein’s Canine College”. She is presently teaching in Myrtle Beach on Saturdays at the Carolina Canine College. When Julie is not training dogs and their people she works at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in the Infection Prevention & Control Department.

Linda Barber

Linda Barber has always had a dog in her life but did not become active in showing until she started chauffeuring her mother to different shows in Maryland. She purchased her first Golden Retriever, Cali, approximately 11 years ago and started training in earnest. By the time Cali retired, she had earned her Utility Title and her Rally Excellent in AKC, her Utility Title and URX (equivalent to RAE in AKC) in UKC. While showing Cali, Linda began showing her mother’s dog, Kobi, earning his Open title in AKC & UKC and his RAE in AKC. She also began training Cali’s daughter, Mysti, in Obedience, Rally and Field.

In 2011, Linda moved to North Carolina. At this point another Golden came into her life. Willi took to training with great gusto. In 2015 and in 2016, they were invited to participate in the AKC’s Obedience Classic. In 2016 and again in 2017, Linda and Willi were invited to participate in AKS’s Rally National Championship.

Linda earned her United Kennel’s Club Judges’ License in Obedience and has been judging at various shows in North Carolina and Virginia. In 2017 Linda was invited to judge at the UKC National Gateway in Missouri. She has also recently earned her Rally Judges license in UKC and is looking forward to judging Rally in the near future.

Linda believes in giving back to the sport she loves and tries to bring this into her training. She enjoys helping dog owners from the beginner pet person to the more advanced exhibitor as well.