Kim Barnett began her consulting business by developing training programs from community based needs. Follow My Lead, UK was originally a supply source of training and show-ring collars and leads for dog show professionals as well as the pet owner market. It included production and distribution of quality food for the Raw Diet enthusiasts and offered training and general training advice for new owners. From there, it developed into consulting with owners who were struggling with specific dog behaviour issues helping these owners to better understand and communicate with their dogs in order to make them socially acceptable animals.
Kim was born into a family of Boxer dog lovers and her childhood was spent growing up with a variety of pedigree and mixed breeds. As a teenager, she learned to ride and train horses for hunting and show jumping. She later went on to Goldsmiths College at the University of London studying Human Psychology but found her true calling in dog behaviour psychology. She began in the dog show ring learning ring-craft and obedience work. Her love of the Boxer breed and her enthusiasm in the show-ring led to starting her own breeding program in the early 90’s. In managing a large pack of dogs at home, she became fascinated in studying pack dynamics. She began drawing from her experiences with horse training and human psychology as well as comparing pack behaviour to develop her own beliefs and opinions.
These beliefs were strengthened through books about animal behaviour and psychology which she read to further improve upon her education. Major influences include: The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell, A Dog’s Mind by Dr. Bruce Fogel, The Man Who Listens to Horses and Shy Boy by Monty Roberts, Animals in Translation by Dr. Temple Grandin, and DOGS: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution by Raymond and Lorna Coppinger. Kim has completed a dog psychology course taught by Jan Fennell in the UK, as well as attended seminars with John Fisher and Cesar Millan, and has most recently contributed to articles on dog training published for Popular Dogs magazine, the Halo Purely Pets blog as well as dog behaviour articles for a number of rescue organizations..
Kim is a strong supporter of animal rescue groups and currently works with several dog rescue organizations, training and donating time to teach seminars in dog behaviour and pack leadership. She runs a successful consulting business where she is able to utilize human and dog psychology skills in order to improve the relationship between the owner and their dog.