December 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Carol Meagher

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Carol Meagher, KPA CTP, may be looking forward to her very first ClickerExpo conference in St. Louis this coming March 16-18, but this Lead Trainer with the Greater St. Louis Training Club (GSLTC) is already a clicker training advocate and specialist. In training classes, in canine competition, and even with the patient population in the hospital where she works, Carol uses positive reinforcement and sees wonderful results.

November 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Celine Yang

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Celine Yang‘s, KPA CTP, interest in dog training was triggered when she and her brand-new husband added Severus Snape, a shiba inu puppy, to their family. Celine and Severus attended two puppy kindergarten schools (both positive-reinforcement training businesses!) to create a solid foundation of behaviors and communication that has allowed them to continue their dog-training education as well as participate in a variety of dog sports.

October 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Claudia Barbuto

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Claudia Barbuto, KPA CTP, provides individualized in-home training to families and pets through her business, Naturally Pawsitive. In addition to her private training, Claudia is the director of the reactive-dog program and a family-dog instructor at a local facility.

September 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Lynn Rives

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Working with “Simply Brilliant Dogs” is what Lynn Rives, KPA CTP, does, and loves, best. She strives to be even more skilled and successful in this work every day. Somewhat of a Renaissance woman when it comes to various training and animal spheres, Lynn has raised horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, birds, and turtles. She is also an experienced wildlife rehabilitator, …

July 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Aimee Bench

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Aimee Bench, KPA CTP, LCSW, was taught a “snap-and-release” form of animal training in her first class, at an animal shelter close to 20 years ago. From the beginning, she was not comfortable having to reprimand the small and sweet dachshund in her care, giving the dog a quick snap on the leash and forcing her to perform the desired …

June 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Jane Jackson

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Jane Jackson, KPA CTP, works with dogs, horses, and people at Bookends Farm in beautiful Vermont. Always striving to educate learners in a positive and stress-free environment, Jane offers animal training along with many other services, including riding instruction, demonstrations, clinics, discussion groups, and information-sharing through social media. In fact, the Spring issue of the online IABC Journal includes an article authored …

May 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Toni Lynn Mark

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Toni Lynn Mark, KPA CTP, found her way to clicker training following her own instincts and the “leadership” of her rescue puppy. With little dog-raising or dog-training experience in her background, Toni went with what felt right to her and Sadie, a smart collie mix. Opting for play, exercise, praise, and treats over more traditional training methods, Toni found that …

April 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Kim Lyddon

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Congratulations to Kim Lyddon, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP), and her red tricolored border collie Tyler, for their recent success in the UK Kennel Club’s annual Crufts competition—the world’s largest dog show! Kim and Tyler have performed in the final and been chosen as the runners-up in the Freestyle category for the last three years (2015-2017). The pair has already …

March 2017 KPA CTP of the month: Wayne Dooley

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Wayne Dooley, KPA CTP, left his corporate job at AT&T to work fulltime with animals. Now known as “The Dog Trainer Guy,” Wayne offers in-home training through his business of the same name. In partnership with Animal Hospital of Rowlett Veterinary Clinic, Wayne provides puppy parenting classes to patients and families, as well as mental stimulation activities for pets that are …