While Amy Creaven’s career focus has switched from intensive care nursing to dog training, she has not abandoned her nursing skill set or her sensitivity to those in pain or struggling. A Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) since 2010 when she completed the Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program, Amy offers positive and professional training at her business Trust Your Dog Training in Fort Collins, Colorado. She focuses on behavior issues such as aggression, separation anxiety, and fear; on agility; and on an interesting specialty: rattlesnake avoidance.
Megan Ramirez, KPA CTP, switched her professional focus from library science, in which she earned a master’s degree, to dog training because of her “heart” dog, Amadeus. Now older and arthritic with other health problems, Amadeus demonstrated aggressive tendencies beginning at nine months of age. Because of his fear-based and aggression behaviors, “no one could get near him,” according to Megan. With a training plan from a veterinary behaviorist and lots of hard work, Amadeus now meets new people and walks in public. After learning so much about training and behavior in order to provide a better life for the dog she loved, Megan changed careers and now helps other dogs like Amadeus, and their families, too. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Amadeus,” explains Megan.
Kimmie Harlow, KPA CTP, provides private dog training in Rockville, Maryland. She has a special interest in helping families where canine behavior issues are obstacles to a serene home life. Kimmie heard about the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program from Beth Mullen, KPA CTP, when they worked together at a local animal shelter. “As an open-admission shelter, we saw quite a range of behaviors and animals daily. Almost immediately, I was interested in learning more about behavior,” remembers Kimmie.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Sandy Issler, KPA CTP, came to the United States for graduate school. She has lived in the US ever since, becoming a citizen in 2001. A research chemist with a demanding career, Sandy’s lifelong love of dogs (especially golden retrievers) and horses was limited to canine pets at home and training and competing with her dressage horses. Sandy and her dogs attended basic training classes, but Sandy was put off by the choke chains and positive punishment in training that were prevalent at that time.
Patrick (Pat) Emmett, KPA CTP, is full-fledge into his second career. Pat turned to dog-training in his retirement after more than 35 years as a businessman and president of his own company. Now he is the Training Program Manager and an Instructor at his wife’s business, Godfrey’s-Welcome to Dogdom / Dog Is Family (DIF) K9 Training. Pat oversees all training offerings and services, including Karen Pryor Academy’s Puppy Start Right Preschool. His strong interests include helping families adding a new dog to their home and therapy dogs. Pat and his golden retriever, Lake, are certified as a Therapy Dog Team through Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services.
One of the first graduates of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program held in Australia, April Williams, KPA CTP, considers Karen Pryor her inspiration. Her dog, Archie, also inspires her; he completed the DTP program with April in 2016.
Sherry Nativo, KPA CTP, assists pet parents with the everyday, and the unexpected, issues that arise with animals. Private lessons, online coaching, and educational offerings via social media are all means that Sherry employs to help overwhelmed pet owners learn simple and effective training strategies.
Teoti Anderson, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Vice President of A Dog’s Best Friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has provided professional dog-training services for more than 23 years. She shares her own, and Karen Pryor Academy’s (KPA), positive philosophy not just through training, but by authoring books and magazine articles, speaking on the radio and at conferences, and working with rescue and pet-therapy groups.
Heather Adams, KPA CTP, first discovered Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) through an internet search as she sought help for Sadie, her dog with severe separation anxiety. Now a KPA CTP and the owner of the dog-training business Clever Paws, Heather helps other dogs with behavior issues, often introducing them to the worlds of obedience and agility.
Lynne Stephens, KPA CTP, is a canine agility specialist, trainer, and seminar presenter. She is the co-owner of DogLogic Training in Statesville, North Carolina. Lynne’s professional experience as an educator in the United Kingdom is combined with 30+ years working with dogs, including as a competitor in dog sports. This unique skill set is well utilized in Lynne’s work as a dog training instructor.