Kim Palermo CPDT-KA, CCUI, Level 1 TagTeacher
BlueDog founder Kimbery Palermo is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Control Unleashed InstructoBlueDog founder and trainer Kim Palermo has been training dogs personally for 25 years and professionally for over 10 years. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor, a Level 1 TAGteacher, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen & S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator. She has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire with a minor in Animal Behavior and Psychology.
Kim has only ever wanted to work with animals. She grew up surrounded by many pets of all different shapes and sizes, raised litters of puppies, competed in horse shows and dog shows, and has been working in the pet industry since she could get a job. In 2008, she followed her dream and started BlueDog as a solo dog walker. Very soon she became so busy that she began hiring employees to help her, and in 2011 she pursued her lifelong passion for training dogs by opening BlueDog’s very first training facility in Andover. Since then, Kim continues to grow and improve her business and expand her knowledge endlessly.
Kim is a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor and specializes in dogs that have big feelings about the world around them. She is the CU Teaching Assistant for a worldwide dog training school, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, has taught CU in dog sports workshops, and presented in the Control Unleashed Conference. Her passion is helping other trainers pursue their dreams. She is a mentor for the Control Unleashed certification process, a CATCH Canine Trainers Academy mentor, and has mentored a number of local trainers directly through BlueDog who have gone on to have successful careers in their field.
Kim actively trains for and competes in Rally-Obedience and Obedience, also trains for Nose Work, Agility, and Herding with her two sports dogs, Jane her Collie and Walt her Miniature Poodle, and occasionally competes in a few other sports like FastCat and Barn Hunt. She owns three other dogs: two Collies named Reese and Lincoln and a Golden Retriever named Fern, as well as a clicker trained cat named Fig. She is the vice president of the Collie Club of New Hampshire, working towards building more opportunities for performance sports for Collies. During her free time she likes to escape to the woods to hike, is a beekeeper, raises a flock of chickens, ducks, turkeys, and guinea hens, and dreams of the day when she has a farm.
Why the Name “BlueDog?”
In 2008, Kim quit her full-time job to pursue her passion to work with dogs. By starting her own business to help dogs, she felt the need to name the business in honor of the dog who started it all, her very first Collie, Maggie.
When Kim was 6 years old and with a broken heart after her little pet guinea pig Popcorn had just passed away, her mom took her to a breeder where she got to pick out her very own puppy. Kim immediately fell in love with a small blue-merle Collie, whom she named Maggie.
They became fast friends and enjoyed the many adventures that only a child and her dog can experience together. The next 11 years Maggie stood by Kim’s side as she went through elementary school, middle school and high school. It was her senior year of high school that Kim experienced the complete heartbreak of losing a dog, but not without the many memories to carry with her for the rest of her life.
So with much love, Kim named her business BlueDog and designed the logo herself in honor of her blue-merle Collie, Maggie.