When my friend Andy B. asked me who he should talk to about training his Portuguese Water dog, I suggested Linda Kaim. Now she's got a new location, and a very nice write up in Carroll County (Maryland) Magazine:
Like a circus master, Linda Kaim fills the training floor with her calm presence and directs the show. She is clearly the boss.
This 9,000 square-foot refurbished warehouse located at 1907 Bethel Road in Finksburg is the new home for Kaim’s business, The Maryland Dog Spot.
Tucked off of Md. 140, the building was once a popular antique business.
While this location may be new, Kaim is no stranger to the dog community.
She has been training dogs almost her whole life, running Lionheart K9 Dog Training in the Mid-Atlantic for about 25 years and in Carroll County since 2006....
Kaim developed her passion and skills in dog training by working under the guidance of top dog trainers in multiple places in the country. She started Lionheart K9 Dog Training more than 30 years ago. In that time, she has helped owners train their dogs in all capacities, including basic puppy obedience, agility, hunting, service, therapy and law enforcement canine training. Her husband, Peter LoCaccio, and teen-aged son, Conor, also work with her in this family business.
Kaim gives dog owners options for group classes, individual lessons, dog daycare and training, and full boarding and training for periods of one to four weeks.
At any one time, there are seven to 15 dogs with Kaim for boarding and training.
She keeps their numbers small so she and Peter can give each dog individual attention throughout the day. In the evenings, the boarding dogs go home with Kaim and LoCaccio to continue their training in a home environment.
“Our success comes not from having a kennel, but from having a dynamic environment where each dog is handled multiple times a day,” Kaim said.