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World Cynosport Rally Board Member of the Week: Kimberly Wilson

Meet Kim, another of our new WCR board members who wants to help rally grow.


The World Cynosport Rally (WCR) Board consists of Barbara Burri, Janet Gaunt, Wendy Hilton, Kristen Hurwitz, Casey Lomonaco, Rita Ann Monde, Nancy Reyes, Kim Wilson, and Amy Wukotich. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning more about these folks through in-depth interviews here on the WCR website.

Today we are getting to know Kimberly Wilson. Kim is from Saugerties, New York, where she lives with her husband, Bill, and an 11-year-old male feral mixed breed dog named Pip, a 9-year-old Cairn Terrier named Gus, a 9-year-old Husky named Cloud, a 6.5-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Keeva (who is currently fighting cancer), two cats, and a family of rats. Kim is a self-employed dog trainer, a licensed veterinary technician working as a behavior consultant to local veterinary practices, and a veterinary behavior technician for a board certified veterinary behaviorist. We asked Kim a few questions about her experiences in rally and more:


Kim and Pip. Photo courtesy of Front Row Dave.

Brenna Fender: How long have you been involved in rally? 

Kim Wilson: Since 2000, I began teaching rally and giving seminars through the use of Charles L. "Bud" Kramer's first edition of his book on rally obedience. I incorporated rally signs into all of my classes, from puppy to competition, immediately. I started competing in 2002 and judging in 2004.

What other dog sports do you participate in? 

In the late 60's and through the 70s, I competed in AKC conformation. In the 90s, I competed in AKC obedience. I am a current CDSP (Companion Dog Sports Program) obedience judge. I participate in other sports (agility, conformation, and scent work) via my students. I hope to participate in Wag It Games in the near future.

What do you like about World Cynosport Rally? 

My favorite thing about WCR is that it is informal, fun, and much like we act with our dogs normally. We speak to them, help and guide them (within the scope of the rules), and praise them while working. I find rally to be what most owners want from their dogs: stay close, do as asked, respond within a reasonable time frame, and be fun for both ends of the leash.

What inspired you to become a board member for WCR?

My inspiration to become a board member for WCR came from my desire to see the sport remain fun and informal, as well as to see it grow. I would love to see additional levels added, asking for more complicated exercises, and to see a rally games level added that is open to all level competitors.

Do you serve on other boards or as an officer in other organizations, dog-related and otherwise?

I serve on the board as a behavior consultant/educator for the Kingston Point Dog Park. 

Do you have family members who are involved in dog sports as well?

My husband, Bill, also judges and competes in WCR Rally.

What are your non-dog-related hobbies? 

1. Assisting with rescuing and transporting wildlife for a local wildlife rehabilitation center.

2. Training rats and operating a small scale rat rescue. 

3. Horses: extreme trail riding.

4. Amateur radio operator, call sign KC2CCY.

5. Going to concerts and dancing!

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