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 …

February 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Kinna Öhman-Leone

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Kinna Öhman-Leone, KPA CTP, has always counted animals as her friends, and she has been involved with teaching in some form since she was 16. It took the completion of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program and her certification as a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP) to pull the two together. Kinna now has the skills and assurance …

January 2017 KPA CTP of the Month: Valeria Cascaddan

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Valeria Cascaddan, KPA CTP, owns and operates a dog-training business in Michigan called Drop the Leash Dog Training. Living with and interested in dogs her entire life, Valeria became involved with training in the early 1990s. Her first foray into training was on behalf of her dog, Abbie, working on fear and separation-anxiety issues stemming from abuse in Abbie’s past. In …

December 2016 KPA CTP of the Month: Dawn Gilkison

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Dawn Gilkison, KPA CTP, has combined her lifelong “fancy” for dogs with her considerable experience in both animal behavior and education. The result is her business, Positive Solutions Dog Training in the Portland, Oregon area.