Dogs, Science and Passion


Kim Brophey, CDBC, BA, is the owner of the reputable Dog Door Behavior Center in Asheville, NC – a cutting-edge, professional behavior consulting/training/education facility with the mission of solving problems between people and dogs in homes and communities with modern science. 

After having acquired a BA in The Applied Relationship between Human and Animal Behavior (Applied Ethology) in 1999, Kim worked as the executive director of The Sanctuary at Valley View Farm for two years before leaving the position to establish The Dog Door Canine Services.  During this time, she served on the Animal Welfare Review Committee for the NC Department of Agriculture Veterinary Division as a behavior consultant during the process of rewriting state legislature on animal welfare. 

Always passionate about standards and education in the industry, Kim was one of the first trainers in North Carolina to acquire her national certification (CPDT-KA) in 2002, and one of the first consultants in the state to receive her international /national certification (CDBC) in 2006. She earned a reputation as the prominent resource in the community for owners seeking the most cutting-edge, scientific, effective, and compassionate help with their dogs’ behavior problems and training goals, and filled a critical niche as the region’s only behavior consultant specializing in aggression/anxiety/complex behavior problems.  She has frequently been called on to speak at colleges and universities in the area, veterinary facilities, and other animal interest groups and events such as Camp Unleashed.  Kim has instructed numerous state-approved continuing education courses at AB Tech for veterinarians (NCVMB) and other pet professionals on dog behavior, as well as lectured nationally at such events such as the APDT Educational Conference.

Kim was honored to be chosen as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Outstanding Trainer of the Year 2009, an international award which recognizes not only training expertise but a commitment to community education and scientific and ethical practices.  Asheville residents have also honored Kim Brophey’s professional accomplishments, as The Dog Door has received the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC award for Best Dog Trainer/Training Center in the community in 2013, 2014, and 2015 (since the category was created). 

For many years, Kim practiced primarily as an in-home trainer and consultant, offering services in a select number of veterinary hospitals in the region, before opening Asheville’s first official behavior center in 2009.  With the aid of private investors and local programs such as ScaleUp WNC, The Dog Door has since grown out of two locations, finally positioning itself in the high profile Grove Arcade area of downtown Asheville, where it has further introduced the city’s official Asheville Dog Welcome Center- Dog City, USA.  The Dog Door Behavior Center and Outfitters is now prominently poised to provide the resources that the WNC community, as well as dog-loving visitors to the city, are seeking for the benefit of their canine friends.  Through her therapeutic services to dog owners as a behavior consultant, service and therapy dog training programs, specialized pet business consulting services, educational seminars, hand-selected retail, and welcome center Kim Brophey continues to improve lives for dogs and their families every day from The Dog Door’s home in the heart of the city.

Kim Brophey’s unique approach to understanding and working with the dog-human relationship has always been heavily influenced by her background as an Applied Ethologist and continuing research in ethology, behaviorism, psychology, evolutionary biology, neurology, genetics, and ecology as she strives to incorporate these multiple relevant scientific disciplines into her practice.   Kim’s passion for sharing this science with dog lovers is at last reaching beyond her immediate clients in the Asheville community as she plays a critical role in the international canine science movement as a bridge between academia and the average pet owner.

For over a decade, Kim has committed herself to the development of a national education campaign to provide life-saving scientific resources to the American dog owning public.  Her trademarked Dog L.E.G.S.® model of integrated canine science offers an unprecedented bridge from the lab to the leash for the benefit of dogs and their human stewards nationwide.  Through a revolutionary Canine Genetic Heritage Testing Software application, shelter program (pilot launched at Asheville Humane Society in 2015), and upcoming book Meet Your Dog- Choosing the Dog You Love and Loving the Dog You Choose to be published in full color hardback in 2017 by Chronicle Books, Kim is doing her part to facilitate an important paradigm shift in pet dog ownership that promises to make a difference. 

As these efforts manifest and combine with the invaluable work of other exceptional individuals and organizations in the city, Asheville can and will be a national model of a community which has effectively integrated canine science for the benefit of dogs and the people who love them. Kim Brophey is honored, as a community member, business owner, parent, and pet lover to have the opportunity to participate in such a monumental moment in the history of the human-animal bond and very much looks forward to the exciting road ahead. 

Kim is happy to announce her new position on the Board of Directors at the Asheville Humane Society.  She is honored to work with such a great group of professionals positively influencing the welfare of animals in Bucombe County.

Recent Posts By Kim Brophey

Raising the Bar…

by Kim Brophey

When I was in college writing my senior thesis on the human-canine relationship, there was not exactly a wealth of solid material on canine behavior and learning from which to work. There were, of course, …

Dogs Are People, Too

by Kim Brophey

This is a great read from the New York Times on scientific research related to canine neurology and intelligence. A research team, using MRI scans of dog’s brains, was able to use maps of brain activity …

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