At a particularly low time in her life, Mimmi got herself going again by taking on a dog-walking job. The four-dog group she cared for every day not only broke her isolation, but sparked a lifetime of interest in dog packs. Mimmi says, “At the time, I had a small convertible; it must have looked pretty funny when the five of us were in the car at the same time.” In a dog magazine she found in her client’s home, Mimmi saw an ad for a one-year dog instructor course. Soon enough she was enrolled—and relocated 800 kilometers away. That one course led Mimmi to a life and career with dogs, as well as to a lifetime quest for continuing education. Mimmi has been working with dogs fulltime since 2002, and has 13 years of experience managing dog packs. She offers classes and private consultations that tackle a myriad of canine behaviors and training needs, including shelter training.
As she launched and ran her small dog-service business, Mimmi sometimes felt lonely without coworkers. Deciding it was the right time to update her skills and gain inspiration from others in the business, Mimmi searched for educational programs outside of Sweden and discovered Karen Pryor Academy. She first completed the Dog Trainer Foundations course. That was followed by the Puppy Start Right for Instructors course and, finally, the Shelter Training & Enrichment course. “After all of this, I was hooked,” declares Mimmi.
Mimmi found her first three KPA courses to be very-well presented. “They set me up for success.” It wasn’t hard to decide to enroll in the KPA Dog Trainer Professional program next! As a student within the KPA Dog Trainer International program, Mimmi was excited to realize that there were students in their homes in other parts of the world studying the same material that she was. Coming together with her fellow international students at the KPA workshop was “absolutely fantastic,” according to Mimmi.