When Wayne made his move to live and work his dream, he began by volunteering. He invested a great deal of time exploring various ways to work with animals, and absorbing the wisdom of those already in the related fields. In interactions with trainers, vets, and behaviorists, time after time Wayne heard about Karen Pryor and the positive reinforcement philosophy of training. “After doing research on my own about Karen Pryor and the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) programs, I wanted to learn from the program that was deemed the finest in the field for dog training,” says Wayne. “I wanted to learn from the best!”
In April, 2015, Wayne completed the KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program
in Magnolia, Texas. His instructor was Debbie Martin. Calling the program “very useful and illuminating overall,” Wayne found that learning to break down desired behaviors to smaller, and then even smaller, measurable increments was his most valuable lesson. With this knowledge, “I can clearly communicate what I am asking an animal to do,” reports Wayne. Being able to communicate the logic behind this training technique to clients is also valuable to Wayne day-to-day.
Since completing the KPA course and becoming certified as a KPA CTP, Wayne has found immediate and continuing value in his education. “The concepts of positive reinforcement training are really getting out to the public; from a trainer standpoint, I see that positive training is highly requested,” Wayne says. Client referrals have come from vets and veterinary behaviorists who know that Wayne is a KPA CTP. In addition, Wayne reports that “the general public wants the best methods of training.” After doing dog-training research online, many clients make their way to the KPA website to find a trainer for their pets. “I have been fortunate to have been selected to train several pets through the ‘Find a Trainer’
search on the KPA website. I am just one of many capable trainers available to dog owners,” says Wayne.