Brittany Thomas, KPA CTP, met a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) when she was pursuing her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS, Behavior). Brittany remembers being impressed by the trainer’s manner with pets. “It seemed like she could get them to do anything; it seemed like magic! I was inspired by her ability to communicate with these animals, and I wanted that experience and skill for myself.” Brittany completed the KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in October 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with Laura VanArendonk Baugh.
Kristina Dieta Setiabudi, KPA CTP, offers dog training services through her business, Puppy Colours in Singapore, focusing on puppies and fearful dogs in particular. Her own dog, Josh, inspired Kristina to learn more about reward-based training when she was able to help him with his fearful behavior using positive training methods. “There were not many qualified dog trainers or behavior consultants in Singapore,” Kristina explains. “I started to read books and watch online videos, helping Josh with my limited knowledge. I wanted to address the problem’s root cause, not just the symptoms.”
Georgette Lombardo, KPA CTP, Albuquerque The Magazine’s Top Trainer in 2020 and 2017 and among the Top 5 in 2016, 2018, and 2019, quit her corporate job and launched her own business after obtaining certification from the KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in 2015. Pawsitive Training ABQ offers personalized in-home private training.
Cari Tetzlaff, KPA CTP, was searching for new ways to help at-risk dogs when she enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program. A long-time staff member at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS), in her then-role as Volunteer Coordinator Cari encountered many dogs that were not considered adoptable or had behavior issues in their adoptive homes. She remembers, “I knew there had to be a way to reach some of these animals, but I didn’t have the knowledge or skills to put the pieces of the puzzle together to help them get the outcomes they deserved.”
Sarah Walsh, KPA CTP, CDPT-KA, studied zoology and business administration to earn her bachelor’s degree. After graduation, she was eager to begin a career in dog training, researching certification programs to add to her credentials and experience. The KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program was recommended to her by a mentor and the program seemed like a good fit to Sarah. “I wanted to go about it the right way,” says Sarah. She completed the KPA DTP in Boulder, Colorado, in 2018.
Tisha Knickerbocker, KPA CTP, offers a range of dog-training services, from basic family manners to training for the fun, games, and competition of trick-dog events to very serious and valuable work with service animals and wounded soldiers through the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation and Clear Path for Veterans.
Sarah Hoth, KPA CTP, entered the dog training field in a familiar way: she adopted a dog and needed advice, encouragement, and support. Thanks to Ozzy and more than a few lessons they learned together, Sarah became curious about dog training. That interest began with service dogs and has been extended to many other aspects of training. Her business, The Persuaded Pooch, offers families of dogs of any age behavior evaluations, behavior consultations, and training lessons. Sarah’s expertise includes training for excitable dogs, reactive dogs, service dogs, and puppies.
Chelsea Murray, KPA CTP, began her career as a dog trainer after earning a degree in biological sciences at the University of Georgia. Researching educational opportunities to achieve this goal, Chelsea discovered Karen Pryor Academy (KPA). “I knew that the Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program would be a good fit for me and would help me gain the confidence and knowledge I needed to take that next step,” Chelsea recalls. She completed the program in Atlanta in 2014 with Laurie Luck as her instructor.
Consuelo López, KPA CTP, halted a study of literature to return to her greatest passion, horse riding. In addition to riding herself, she volunteered as a horse leader for an equine assisted therapy program. However, the atmosphere where the horses lived and trained felt wrong to Consuelo. “Most of the horses were shut down, scared, and avoidant,” she remembers. This exposure prompted her to enroll in a program to earn a postgraduate Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy.
The life of Jill Sackman, DVM, PhD, KPA CTP, has always included companion and show animals. A veterinarian specializing in animal behavior, she now owns and runs Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan. Jill’s practice offers consultations, evaluations, wellness visits, and even house calls related to behavior issues with dogs, cats, and horses.