• About Us | McKinney Dog Services

    Kim Vitale – Owner

    I owned my first German Shepherd Dog in 1990 and have been in love with this breed ever since. I owe my love of dogs and wanting to help families enjoy their companions for life, to my first GSD, VAVALDI. I taught myself how to train Vavaldi through reading training books and watching video tapes. He helped open new doors of interest in my life. I have owned up to 7 German Shepherds at one time. Many of my dogs have now passed on to Rainbows Bridge leaving an everlasting impression in my heart. My current dogs are Savannah a cattle dog, Joey a border collie/lab mix, Sedona a GSD, Cyrus a pocket pit, Maxwell a terrier mix and Pepper a terrier mix adopted in 2021 from Royce City Animal Shelter. Most all my dogs have earned their CGC and graduated from intermediate obedience at minimum. I have competed professionally in the Conformation Ring and at Obedience Trials earning various awards.

    Since 1992, I have participated in rescue work in both California and Texas working with the Humane Society, local shelters, veterinarians, and rescue groups. I have been a volunteer Foster Home for the Second Time Around Aussie Rescue Inc. assisted in evaluating & training for suitable placement of these lovable dogs into permanent homes. I no longer do any rescue work. I kept my skills up to date by attending dog training workshops and conferences each year learning various methods of training such as clicker training, shaping, targeting and the studying dog behavior. To further expand my knowledge of other dog sports I have also participated in a tracking and herding workshop. I have published articles in the WGSDC Texas Metro Newsletter. I’m also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Inc. (APDT), American Dog Owners Association, Inc. (ADOA) and White German Shepherd Dog Club International.

    I have owned and operated Companion K-9 Dog Services formerly call Wolfsblut Companion K-9 since 1997 in Texas. We did dog boarding on a small scale in the beginning, while I volunteered for a couple of years working at Complete Canine Training with Tracy Atkins. I have an aptitude for understanding the canine mind and their natural ability. Educating the canine requires not only time and patience, but also the ability to evaluate each canine student’s temperament, personality, strengths, and weaknesses to determine the best training needed for owner and dog for maximum success. The training goal was to ensure owners an enjoyable companion for life. As of 2020 I have retired my training services except for Phone Consultation.

    My other goal is to keep things at a small scale, cage free and a home environment setting to keep dogs more at ease during their stay with us. Our main services are dog daycare and boarding. Keeping the business smaller gives us the advantage of having more one on one time with dogs that are here. Whether they are boarding or in doggie daycare. We want your pets to feel as if they are part of our family. I find dogs to be less stressed then in a typical kennel environment.