Kym Iffert began her work with dogs and cats after adopting a dog from a rural Indiana shelter that, unknowingly, required extensive physical and behavioral rehabilitation. In 2005, Kym received her initial training certification from Animal Behavior College and started working with a Chicago-based animal shelter as a volunteer as well as running a variety of training classes and family outreach programs. She eventually became the Director of Shelter Operations.
With the ultimate goal of helping people help the animals in their care, Kym continues to pursue education, create awareness and offer support for families and animal caregivers by providing affordable, manageable, accessible, and equitable behavior consulting. She is the Training Program Coordinator for Agape Animal Rescue’s Community Canine Coaching Program and is currently involved with Maddie’s Fund Behavioral Support Group, Human Animal Support Services, and the Nashville Safe Coalition networks to contribute resources to pet families, rescue organizations and overcrowded animal intake facilities.
She is certified through the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers, Fear Free Training Professionals, Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling University and as a Humane Educator through the Association of Animal Welfare Administrators. Kym has completed specialized, ongoing coursework as a Family Paws Parent Educator, completed Michael Shikasio’s Aggressive Dog Training Master Course and is continuing coursework through the IAABC with a focus on animal behavior consulting and is thrilled to be a Family Dog Mediator.
Kym is the mother of three grown daughters and currently lives with her husband and two rescue dogs, Stanley and Dover, in Nashville, TN