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.
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.