Michelle Wieser, KPA CTP, lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, a remote northern area near Alaska. She first became involved in dog training as a teenager, sharing that interest with her mother. “My mother was involved in our local dog training club. She and I were very close. We read training books together, competed in obedience and agility, and met new friends in the dog sport training community. Sadly, my mother passed away from cancer in 2010,” Michelle shares.
Vijay Joshi, KPA CTP, is the Puppy Development Coordinator at Leader Dogs for the Blind, a guide-dog training organization. She also offers dog-training services to private clients. Vijay learned about Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) and the Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program from a KPA CTP when she was a volunteer puppy-raiser at Leader Dogs for the Blind. “The more I learned about teaching my puppy, the more I wanted to improve my skills,” she explains.
Jennifer Long, KPA CTP, was working at a local animal shelter and contemplating a certification program to further her interest in animal training and behavior. A veterinary behaviorist who was advising Jen and the shelter suggested the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program. Jen says, “I’m forever grateful. That was the best advice, as it reshaped my entire career direction.”
When her first dog passed away, Reanna Ali, KPA CTP, was heartbroken. Around that time, she left the corporate world and moved into the dog-training industry, first offering dog-walking services. When Amelia, a 4-month-old rescue dog from Texas, entered Reanna’s life in 2018, Reanna began to think of training as a career. A friend had completed the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program several years earlier. Reanna completed the DTP program herself in 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, with Carolyn Clark. She has not looked back since then! The name of Reanna’s business, Trizane, is combination of her first dog Trina’s name and the name of her bird, Zane.
Friday, June 25, marks Pet Sitter International’s (PSI) 23rd annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, a day to celebrate dogs as companions and promote adoptions. If you plan to bring your dog to your office or job site, or if you will be working from home, here are a few tips to ensure that working with your dog is a happy, healthy experience for you both.
Cindy Benson, KPA CTP, offers positive training for working livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) and their owners at Benson Ranch, and online through training videos and Zoom. She has raised and trained livestock for the last fifty years, including several hundred Miniature Donkeys over thirty years. Cindy has been raising and training Maremma livestock guardian dogs for six years. In that time, she has owned, or trained, more than 250 Maremmas.
Alex Lee, KPA CTP, is the new Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Country Manager in (South) Korea. Translating to Korean the course materials for the KPA Dog Trainer Foundations and Dog Trainer Foundations- Immersion courses, Alex is expanding the reach and breadth of KPA’s positive-reinforcement-based training community.
Despite the pandemic, now is the best time to consider switching careers and pursuing pet-dog training, as a side-hustle, a passion project, all-in fulltime employment, or starting your own business.
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.”