Renee Erdman (@bravodogtraining) invited trainer Curtis Kelly (@petparentallies) to her podcast, Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training Podcast. Curtis is the owner of Pet Parent Allies in Philadelphia, PA, and he candidly discusses racism and his unique perspective as a black positive reinforcement dog trainer. Listening to his experiences was enlightening and worthwhile. Curtis posts great content on Instagram.
Listen to the podcast here.
This is a common question that many trainers get asked at one point or another in their career. And although black trainers may not get asked that question directly, they certainly face issues surrounding this question. Here are two separate discussions of this issue from the perspectives of four different trainers of color.
Laurie C. Williams (@thecaninediva) addressed this question in an article published by Whole Dog Journal in 2016. Laurie is a successful black trainer and owner of Pup ‘N Iron Canine Fitness and Learning Center in Virginia.
Read the article here.
More recently, Jenna Romano (@dog_liason) posted a video on YouTube searching for a scientific answer to the question of racism in dogs. In the absence of hard data, she decided to seek out the opinions of three trainers of color, Taylor Barconey and Jio Alcaide of Smart Bitch Modern Dog Training (@smartbitchdogtraining) in New Orleans, LA, and Curtis Kelly (@petparentallies) of Pet Parent Allies in Philadelphia, PA.