For Tyson Kilmer, training animals was a birthright. Raised in a rural community in B.C., Tyson worked with every type of animal from an early age, yet he always had a special affinity and gift for working with canines. Without anyone “teaching” him how to do it, Tyson expertly trained all his family’s dogs, and soon friends and neighbors were hiring him to do the same for their pets, especially those dogs that were unresponsive to traditional training methods. With his own self-taught style, Tyson found that his system of dog and puppy obedience training was 100 percent effective regardless of the animal’s age, temperament or breed.
Having professionally trained dogs throughout his youth, Tyson was approached by a modeling scout at age 15 and began an exciting and lucrative career as a professional model. Though still training dogs as a hobby, Tyson spent the next decade traveling the world and gracing international runways as a model for the worlds top couture designers. He likewise filled the pages of the world’s most prestigious fashion magazines with feature spreads in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, among others.
By age 25, Tyson had lost his passion for modeling and realized how much more enjoyment he got from training dogs for his friends within the fashion industry, many of whom were top models and designers. He soon settled in Los Angeles to launch his dog training company, and thanks to the buzz his talents created in the fashion industry, Tyson instantly became “the dog trainer to the rich and famous.” His celebrity clientele included Sheryl Crow, Rob Lowe, Marilyn Manson, Mike Tyson, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Kravitz, Rose McGowan, Mark McGrath, Steve Carr, Mathieu Kassovitz, Derron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Tony Parker, Eva Longoria, Chris Cornell, Kate Beckinsale, Maggie Q and Sam Simon and The Sam Simon Foundation to name a few. Still, Tyson most enjoys training dogs for average everyday people who want to live in perfect harmony with their canine companions.
The Tyson Kilmer Method of training covers all the basic commands – including “sit/stay,” “down/stay,” “come/stay” and the perfect “heel” – by use of hand signals, body movement and both verbal correction and praise. Moreover, the Tyson Method puts equal focus on teaching the dog owner all the skills and lifestyle training necessary to insure a happy healthy owner-canine relationship, one that recognizes the importance of balance and mutual respect. As Tyson always says, “A happy healthy dog is one that knows his or her place in the family tree.”
At times, Tyson’s intensive technique can even be considered part-training/part-therapy/dog therapy. That’s why Tyson can honestly proclaim; “He’s healing families one dog at a time!”