Meet the Trainers

Kimberly Gracner, Owner and Professional Dog Trainer

Kimberly Gracner, Dog Trainer St. Charles MO & St Louis MO Kimberly’s interest with dogs began at an early age.  As well as training her own dogs, she reached out to assist friends and family members’ dogs.  Kim began volunteering and participating with different organizations to help dogs in need.

At this point in her life, Kim was working in the counseling field helping individuals. After her experiences with educating and improving dogs’ behaviors, she realized that she wanted to be an integral part in saving dogs’ lives. She believed that many dogs’ behaviors could be enriched through training and behavior modification.  Kim made a commitment to be a part of this change.

In 2006, Kim created Positive Paws Pet Training to benefit and enhance the lives of dogs and their owners.  By offering training and behavioral programs, the needs and goals for all dogs would be achieved. Kim believes that it is important to educate owners on scientifically studied positive techniques.  These methods have been shown to produce the most effective results for learning.  Therefore, Positive Paws Pet Training only uses these positive techniques. Not only do these methods produce the most effective learning, they also create an environment where both dogs and owners enjoy the training process.

Kim continues to practice these techniques daily in her classes.  She continues to expand her knowledge by participating in seminars and workshops with renowned professionals and behaviorists. Presently, Kim shares her life with her husband Kenny and her 14 year old golden retriever, Baxter.


“My goal is to help individuals and their pets to better understand each other through more compassionate training methods. Better communication can teach dogs more positive behaviors and reduce the number of pets unnecessarily relinquished to shelters.”

Kimberly Gracner


Specializes in teaching Behavioral programs for anxiety and aggression

Completed the Companion Animal Behavioral Counseling Program, 2004, and the Companion Animal Behavioral Counseling Canine Behavior Practicum, 2005, with the American Institute for Animal Science.

Certified Canine Behavioral Counselor through the Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors

Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers

Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator

Kindle ebook on Amazon: Positive Paws Puppy Training; Positive Methods: Motivate Your Puppy to Learn

Masters degree in Professional Counseling


Alyssa Snow, Professional Dog Trainer

duren_website2-2Alyssa has always felt a special connection to animals.  From the time that she was a child, she always wanted to train dogs.  As Alyssa enjoyed watching her father train her family dogs, she developed a passion for assisting and instructing animals.

Alyssa joined a national pet organization in 2013 to work as a professional dog trainer.  After obtaining her accreditation, she instructed private and group classes for several years.  Alyssa learned positive training methods and shared these techniques with her students. While educating hundreds of dogs, she observed the bonds blossom between the dogs and their owners.  Knowing that she helped with this bond, she continued to use her training practices.

Alyssa joined Positive Paws Pet Training in May 2016.  She feels satisfied knowing that she makes a difference by increasing desirable behaviors in dogs.  As well, Alyssa watches the communication grow as pet parents interact with their dogs.  “Through positive reinforcement, I see the relationships naturally strengthen between a dog and his owner.  Not only are positive methods the humane way to interact with animals, they help animals and humans to live together happily.” 


Specializes in teaching Puppy, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Programs

Accredited Professional Dog Trainer with Positive Paws Pet Training

Certified Canine Good Citizen

Evaluator through the American Kennel Club

Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers