Heather Adams, KPA CTP, first discovered Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) through an internet search as she sought help for Sadie, her dog with severe separation anxiety. Now a KPA CTP and the owner of the dog-training business Clever Paws, Heather helps other dogs with behavior issues, often introducing them to the worlds of obedience and agility.
Dos and Don’ts of Pet Halloween Costumes
The Dos and Don’ts of Halloween Costumes for PetsAccording to an article in the New York Post, 31 million people will dress up their pets for Halloween. Will you be one of them? In a recent television interview on Chicago’s WGN9, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) Amber Walker offered helpful tips for keeping your pet safe and …
2018 Zoe Shelter Scholarships Available
In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) is proud to announce the availability of four Zoe Shelter Scholarships to KPA’s Shelter Training & Enrichment course.
October 2018 KPA CTP of the Month: Lynne Stephens
Lynne Stephens, KPA CTP, is a canine agility specialist, trainer, and seminar presenter. She is the co-owner of DogLogic Training in Statesville, North Carolina. Lynne’s professional experience as an educator in the United Kingdom is combined with 30+ years working with dogs, including as a competitor in dog sports. This unique skill set is well utilized in Lynne’s work as a dog training instructor.
Define Positive for Me…
DEFINE POSITIVE FOR ME…A recent article in the Psychology Today e-magazine discusses the challenge of finding true positive reinforcement animal training. Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) is cited as a reliable source of positive training, a “well-respected organization” with “trustworthy trainers.”The article’s author, a pet owner and veterinarian in Virginia, points out that simply seeing “catch phrases” about being positive is …
September 2018 KPA CTP of the Month: Beth Mullen
A career change in 2008 saw Beth Mullen, KPA CTP, CBCC, CPDT, incorporate her interest in animals of all species into a new profession—animal training. Beth is currently the owner of and head trainer at Dog Latin Dog Training & Behavior Consulting where her background in communication and education adds to her training skill set.ement, the pitfalls of coercion, elements of behavior science, and more. Stephanie says, “I was incredibly inspired and enlightened, and eagerly attended ClickerExpo in Cincinnati a month later.”
August 2018 KPA CTP of the Month: Stephanie Peters
Stephanie Peters, KPA CTP and CPDT-KA, owner of Plucky Paws, adopted her “sweet little dog Marmalade” from Second Chance Animal Rescue Puerto Rico in 2013, spurring her interest in animal training. She had heard of using a clicker for training, but “stuck to lure-reward training, using a verbal marker informally” with Marmalade—until she attended A Weekend with Ken Ramirez in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2016, after a recent move to Iowa from Boston. Ken spoke about reinforcement, the pitfalls of coercion, elements of behavior science, and more. Stephanie says, “I was incredibly inspired and enlightened, and eagerly attended ClickerExpo in Cincinnati a month later.”
July 2018 KPA CTP of the Month: Laura Donaldson
Laura Donaldson, KPA CTP, combines her extensive credentials with her experience in dog training and canine behavior (and her participation in dog sports) in her successful business Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training & Behavior Consulting. Her philosophy emphasizes positive training that creates harmonious canine-human communication and bonds.
Clicker Training Horses and Surgeons
Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member Emma Parsons led KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) programs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Franklin, Massachusetts. Find out more about the DTP program or apply to a course with Emma Parsons.
In this interview, Emma talks about her own clicker training history and her involvement with Karen Pryor Academy.
KPA Welcomes Sam Haeussner
Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) is pleased to welcome Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) Sam Haeussner as Alumni Relations Coordinator, supporting a rapidly growing constituency of more than 1400 alumni worldwide. With more than a decade of experience in community organizing and animal training, Sam brings a wealth of experience to KPA. Prior to joining the company, Sam served as the Community Education Coordinator for Sexual Assault Services Organization in Durango, Colorado. She is the owner and trainer at Pawsitive Marks, LLC. Sam lives in Southern Colorado, near the New Mexico border.