Kiki Yablon, KPA CTP, has journeyed from new-dog owner to established and respected dog trainer in the Chicago area—following a path with many links to Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT)/Karen Pryor Academy (KPA). The owner of Dog Training by Kiki Yablon, she offers private in-home and online training and consultations.
Tabitha Kucera, KPA CTP, CCBC, CRVT, is dedicated to strengthening the bond between animals and humans. Her business, Chirrups & Chatter, offers behavioral consultation and training to families with felines and canines who live local to Tabitha’s home in Ohio. Virtual consults are available for out-of-state clients. Tabitha also works in conjunction with veterinary practices, providing veterinary support services such as medication administration (and training) and routine maintenance care (nails, ears, eyes) as well as training for fear-free vet visits, handling, travel, and medical procedures.
Amber Quann, KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA, is the owner and head trainer at Summit Dog Training in northern Colorado. She is also the creative force behind the novel Drink With Your Dog Project, working with local breweries and local dog owners to make breweries canine friendly.
Will Brunz, KPA CTP, owns and runs Columbia Mountain Kennels (CMK) along with his wife, Andrea. Now a positive-only trainer, dog-sport competitor, and pet owner, for many years he was an aversive trainer. Will’s wife Andrea launched him on the clicker training path by opting for that sort of training with her new puppy. Initially, Will scoffed, believing that positive training would not work consistently with high-drive working dogs.
Sarah Surritt, KPA CTP, CPDT, CGC, was drawn to volunteer work at the San Diego Humane Society when she had some free time back in 2001. There she met her “mentor, friend, and future KPA instructor,” Nan Arthur. For nine years Sarah assisted and taught training classes at the humane society “soaking up” all the information that she could. Familiar with traditional training methods from her growing-up days, Sarah says, “Everything I was learning about clicker training and science-based methods was a wonderful revelation.”
Eva Berginc, KPA CTP, completed the World format of the KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in 2018, with Terry Ryan. A helicopter pilot in the Austrian military, her other calling is as a professional dog trainer.
Erin Kidd, KPA CTP, came to positive-reinforcement training with a sigh of relief 15 years ago. Since she bought her first clicker years ago she has enjoyed training her own dogs, working with client dogs through her business Happy Bark Dog Training, and launching the training side of Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care Luxury Pet Resort, where she will offer group classes beginning in January 2020 in her role of dog trainer and training program designer.
Laura Heyer, KPA CTP, an experienced educator of children with behavioral and developmental disabilities, has utilized—and extended—that special skill set in her pet-training career. A trainer at C&C PALS, she offers basic training and puppy classes as well as private, in-home training.
Jade Fountain, KPA CTP, has trained a multitude of species, studied with many of the most renowned animal training and behavior professionals across the globe, and traveled extensively to teach, train, and learn about animals and their human handlers. With academic credentials that include a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in animal behavior/zoology, as well as experience in environments as varied as the South African bush, US film sets, conservation areas in Australia, and prison populations, she is a busy and talented KPA CTP leading an extraordinary life.
Michael Baugh, KPA CTP, has trained dogs since 1999, but has a background in communications that extends back even further. A degree in communications and graduate studies in community counseling yielded important knowledge and a varied skill set that Michael uses now to work with his clients and their dogs through his business Michael’s Dogs. Michael also communicates through writing, blogging on his own site and for Chron.com in Houston, his home city. His past work as a local TV news producer also adds nuance to Michael’s communications with people and animals in his professional and personal lives.