“When Hounds Fly exists because of Karen Pryor Academy,” according to Andre. He had noted the visible need for clicker training in the Toronto area, and even had the name, logo, and website of his business before he enrolled in KPA. But, at that point the business was little more than a hobby business. Andre’s original plan was to find a location and start group classes after completing his KPA program, but by the end of Workshop 1 he was raring to go. When Hounds Fly opened for group classes before Andre even began Workshop 2 of the Dog Trainer Professional Program.
From day one, everything about Andre’s business was organized based on the principles that are taught as part of the business curriculum at KPA. It's been four years now since When Hounds Fly began, and Andre is happy to say, “We’re going strong.”
The “Karen Pryor Academy way” has had tremendous influence on Andre’s life outside of his dog training business. “Since being introduced to clicker training, I have taken all I have learned and applied it inward,” says Andre. “I am a learner, and I can be my own trainer. In the end, everything I do is behavior. I can apply antecedent arrangements myself. I can identify consequences of my behavior, and because I'm usually in control, I can change the behaviors.”
The evidence of Andre’s self-training can be seen in his considerable personal accomplishments. Since finishing the KPA program, he has quit smoking, completed five triathlons (having never run more than a mile before), and become vegetarian. Andre does not see these changes as coincidence. He is confident that he was successful because he understood behavior, including his very own behavior, better after his KPA training.
Now Andre is hoping to play some small role in helping other trainers at ClickerExpo. In the four years since he launched When Hounds Fly, Andre has combined the lessons of the KPA business curriculum with his experience in sales and marketing. The combination has been tested constantly in the real world; with experimentation and refinement Andre has made his business “fly.”