Meet the Trainer

My name is Ahmia Black, I am a mother, wife, and the owner and trainer of Kentucky Canine Coach LLC. Growing up, I have always had a passion for animals, everything from studying dog breeds, dog behavior and even horses. From 2006 to 2008, I worked for a reining horse trainer and started competing my dog in dog-sports. From 2008 to 2010, I continued my education on dog behavior and training, while working for a different reining horse company. From 2010 to 2012, while working, I spent all my free time mentoring under Petr, a dog trainer in Colorado. Petr had training facilities in several states, as well as in the Czech Republic. He had trained numerous police dogs in the Czech Republic and in the U.S.  

In 2012, I began working at the Humane Society of South Platte Humane Valley in Littleton,Colorado, as a kennel technician.I would constantly see heartbroken owners make the decision to surrender their family dogs for behavior issues. This broke my heart, because I knew I could give the owners the tools to solve those problems. I began spending some of my free time working with shelter dogs that had known behavior issues. I started using my training skills and began making a real impact by getting these dogs adopted out. Very soon after, I was promoted to the Behavior and Training manager, where I developed my training skills and abilities into a well functioning program. The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley was part of the Denver Metropolitan Shelter Alliance, in which each shelter in the metropolitan area had a specialty. Our specialty was the behavior modification program, which I developed. Shelters in the metropolitan area would send their dogs with behavior problems to our shelter. These were problems such as biting people, severe resource guarding,territorial over their owner, and other behavior issues. As the Behavior and Training manager, I was responsible for implementing behavior modifications for these dogs, teaching group classes for puppies to adult dogs, teaching our 45 plus volunteers/staff to train dogs and ensured my program was being implemented throughout the shelter. 

From 2017 to 2019, I branched off into my very own dog training business. While operating my business, I continued to work with the Humane Society, other metropolitan shelters, and rescue groups. I would work with their behavior modification dogs, have their dogs participate in group classes and provide them with helpful insights. 

In 2019, my husband and I moved to Kentucky to be closer with my family. I spent some time working for Boone County Animal Services. During my time there, I helped them develop their behavior and training policies/procedures. I also helped to train their staff in understanding dog behavior. While there, I earned my CPDT-KA Certification(Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed). Since January 2021, I have started Kentucky Canine Coach full-time, where I bring my knowledge, experience, and expertise to you, your family and your dog. 

I strongly believe continued education is extremely important. I strive to be able to provide the most current and up-to-date information to my clients. While staying up-to-date, I have become a CPDT-KA certified professional dog trainer. I am also an AKC (American Kennel Club) evaluator and Fear-Free Certified Professional. With my own dogs, I have earned a total of 28 titles in different dog sports. I believe that being a support system for my clients is a must, even long after the classes are complete, owners can always reach me with questions or concerns. 

At Kentucky Canine Coach, I provide in-home dog training, giving you and your dog the best one-one attention. I offer puppy classes, adolescent dog classes, adult dog classes, group classes, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC, AKC Trick Dog, AKC Community Canine and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Training/Testing. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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Ahmia’s German Shepherd Buck and one of his little friends.
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Buck, with his trick titles.