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.
A career change in 2008 saw Beth Mullen, KPA CTP, CBCC, CPDT, incorporate her interest in animals of all species into a new profession—animal training. Beth is currently the owner of and head trainer at Dog Latin Dog Training & Behavior Consulting where her background in communication and education adds to her training skill set.ement, the pitfalls of coercion, elements of behavior science, and more. Stephanie says, “I was incredibly inspired and enlightened, and eagerly attended ClickerExpo in Cincinnati a month later.”
Stephanie Peters, KPA CTP and CPDT-KA, owner of Plucky Paws, adopted her “sweet little dog Marmalade” from Second Chance Animal Rescue Puerto Rico in 2013, spurring her interest in animal training. She had heard of using a clicker for training, but “stuck to lure-reward training, using a verbal marker informally” with Marmalade—until she attended A Weekend with Ken Ramirez in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2016, after a recent move to Iowa from Boston. Ken spoke about reinforcement, the pitfalls of coercion, elements of behavior science, and more. Stephanie says, “I was incredibly inspired and enlightened, and eagerly attended ClickerExpo in Cincinnati a month later.”
Laura Donaldson, KPA CTP, combines her extensive credentials with her experience in dog training and canine behavior (and her participation in dog sports) in her successful business Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training & Behavior Consulting. Her philosophy emphasizes positive training that creates harmonious canine-human communication and bonds.
John McGuigan, KPA CTP, approaches dog training, and dog people, with humility, kindness, and curiosity. Relatively new to clicker training, John feels lucky that “Scotland, and the UK in general, have a positive approach to training dogs.”
Molly Johnson, KPA CTP, had been training dogs positively for many years even before she attended the KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in 2011. In that time, she developed an interest and expertise in training therapy dogs, particularly for work in the areas of grief, dying, and death.