Nil O’Boyle, CPDT-KA, ABCDT
Nil has been training dogs for over 13 years and is certified by both the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and by Animal Behavior College. She has been and continues to be a student of canine behavior and, a researcher by trade, Nil always stays abreast of the latest in behavior research so that she brings her clients the best and most effective training techniques. Nil is adamant in her belief that training dogs without force, rather with kindness and patience, earns a dog’s trust and cooperation and enhances your relationship with your dog.
“Working with people and their dogs is my passion. I love watching them light up when they see how simple it is to teach their dogs!”
Director of Dogs (formerly Assistant to Sophie)
Ruby became our Director of Dogs at 3 years old when Sophie retired. Now 5 years old, Ruby is our senior staffer!! She is playful, patient and our resident puppy raiser! Ruby loves to romp with puppies and does a wonderful job of showing puppies how to play nicely. Her specialty is working with shy puppies as she helps to bring them out of their shells. In addition to her job here at K9K, Ruby is big sister to Max and she’s teaching him the ropes!
At 1 year old, Max is an adolescent in training! Max came to us with a lot of fear issues. He was pretty much afraid of any new experience. He’s been with me and Ruby now for about 7 months and he’s learning that his world is safe. While Max still gets nervous in new situations and we have a bit of a road ahead, he is wonderfully playful and sweet! Plus, he’s pretty much the clown in the family and we spend a lot of time laughing at his shenanigans!
Rest in Peace Baby Angel
Sophie journeyed to the Rainbow Bridge in January 2015 at the age of 12 1/2. She spent her life devoted to her family and her friends. Sophie’s greatest joy in life was being with people and she was a pet therapy dog until she retired from that job in 2011.
I struggle to deal with her passing as Sophie was truly my heart dog. She came to me at a point in my life that was dark and she brought me such joy there are no words to describe that. We shared such amazing adventures: weekends on the Cape running on the beach, hiking the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains, playing in lakes and rivers, visiting assisted living homes and kids homes as a Pet Therapy team, stopping at Walkill Farm for some coconut almond joy ice cream. :) We went everywhere together. I trusted my beautiful girl with any person, any dog, and in any situation.
Sophie was sister to Doc and helped him through his fears as he blossomed into the dog he always should have been. She raised Ruby from puppyhood and handed down her wisdom and playfulness. Sophie was one big bundle of unconditional love and we were graced with that love everyday of her life.
To my sweet baby angel – it was an honor being your human. Run free sweetheart and meet up with all your friends. Know that a day won’t go by without me thinking of you and how much I love you. Godspeed my sweet baby. ‘Til we meet again.
Rest in Peace Sweet Boy
We lost Doc on June 13, 2014 at the age of 15. As all of you know, each dog that passes takes with him a piece of your heart. And Doc has taken a piece of mine.
We adopted Doc when he was 8 years old and he came to us with behavioral issues. Doc’s response to most situations was fearful and that fear manifested itself as aggression. He couldn’t be around other dogs, he ran from kids, and getting too close to him would be met with a growl and sometimes bared teeth. With kindness and patience, we earned Doc’s trust. And with a scientifically proven behavior modification plan, Doc became the biggest, sweetest mushy boy! Doc taught me that love truly does conquer all and patience is truly a virtue. When he came home to us, I promised him this: I will keep you safe, warm, well-fed, and loved. I would whisper that in his ear almost every day and he’d give me a kiss and a few nose nibbles!
I love you always sweet boy — now it’s God’s turn to keep you safe and warm, well-fed, and loved. I’ll see you again one day.