Kim Paciotti

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes certified canine trainer, Kim Paciotti to Dog Works Radio. On this show we talk about Kim’s renowed puppy training program that she calls the Empowered Puppy Program. This is unlike any other dog training program in the country. 


Kim Paciotti is the owner of Training Canines, LLC, and the founder of the Empowered Puppy Program. After a career as a professional chef for over twenty years, her desire to “get out of the kitchen” led her to follow her heart and pursue a long held passion for training dogs.  

Training school, online classes, books, lectures, and volunteering at rescues, led to the certifications she holds today. She found that instead of trying to “fix” the behavior, the key is to teach dogs how to understand our world, and let them know we understood theirs.

While volunteering at the rescue, Kim saw many puppies and dogs being surrendered. These were good dogs, and many times the owners just did not know how to communicate with them. Knowing something had to change, she started from the beginning, focusing on early puppy development.  Consistent research it soon became clear that early development of a puppy’s mind during the first 16 weeks of their life is the key.  The Empowered Puppy Program is designed to develop a happy and healthy dog for life.

To learn more about her puppies and program please visit and

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

On this episode we talk about:

  1. How Kim got started as a dog trainer
  2. As a chef do you love Food Network as much as the rest of us?
  3. About how she trains puppies using her revolutionary Empowered Puppy Program
  4. How she sets her dogs and her clients up for success

Favorite Quote:

“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand forever.”  ~Confucius 

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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