As Lynn was crossing over from traditional to positive training, she attended a workshop led by Kathy Sdao and attended by others who had completed the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program. “Immediately, I knew what I needed to do next to further my education in dog training,” remembers Lynn. “Kathy highly recommended the DTP, and off I went.”
Lynn calls the KPA DTP course “without a doubt the single best investment in my dog training education, bar none!” Completing the program in Raleigh, NC, with Hannah Branigan in July of 2012, Lynn was thrilled to train a dog completely via positive reinforcement for the very first time. “What an amazing and incredibly gratifying experience!” With nothing but praise for instructor Hannah Branigan, Lynn points first to Hannah’s ability to ensure that the learners (dogs and humans) had the correct tools for success. “Hannah’s powers of observation are among the best I've ever worked with. She is a very, very good instructor,” emphasizes Lynn.
Juggling a fulltime job that required global travel with the dedication her KPA DTP course demanded was difficult for Lynn, but she persevered. What Lynn found most illuminating about the program was the realization that she was acquiring the skills to teach “any being any skill they were physically capable of performing.” For Lynn, the benefits of that realization were that she had a much larger toolbox from which to pull and that the stress of not being sure of the best way to help a client nearly disappeared.
Now, Lynn uses clicker training in all aspects of her work with her own animals, as well as with clients and their pets. When Lynn works with dog-owner and dog-handler clients, she is always pulling from that KPA tool set.