In addition to her KPA CTP qualifications, Laura has earned Certified Dog Behavior Consultant status through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). “I also completed the Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right course, which I use for all of my puppy clients.”
Laura considers the KPA experience “of being in a community, however briefly, dedicated to positive reinforcement training with animals” to be extraordinary and powerful. “I am seriously thinking of starting a movement to require all politicians to go through positive reinforcement training using a clicker. This training would totally revolutionize our political discourse and governance!”
Articles authored by Laura have been published in the IAABC Journal as well in the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ (APDT) Chronicle of the Dog. Her most recent Chronicle of the Dog piece originated in an ongoing research project about the cognitive evolution of dogs. Laura’s interest is in exploring how canine cognition can be applied to the “unpredictable world of everyday dog training in addition to the existing highly controlled scientific contexts.” Specifically, Laura is researching and examining training practices that are “useful with reactive dogs, like counter-conditioning and the Look at That protocol.” She hopes to publish a book on her results and success.
Laura’s focus on balanced and congenial canine-human bonds and communication is expressed through her behavior and training business, her work with rescue organizations like Cayuga Dog Rescue, and her encounters with all people and animals. She is an active participant in many continuing education opportunities, including seminars and webinars, “keeping on the cutting edge of scientific knowledge about canine behavior.” Laura’s life work continues to be concentrated on developing canine—and human—good citizens.