October KPA CTP of the Month: Michelle Wieser

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Michelle Wieser, KPA CTP, lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, a remote northern area near Alaska. She first became involved in dog training as a teenager, sharing that interest with her mother. “My mother was involved in our local dog training club. She and I were very close. We read training books together, competed in obedience and agility, and met new friends in the dog sport training community. Sadly, my mother passed away from cancer in 2010,” Michelle shares.

September KPA CTP of the Month: Vijay Joshi

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Vijay Joshi, KPA CTP, is the Puppy Development Coordinator at Leader Dogs for the Blind, a guide-dog training organization. She also offers dog-training services to private clients. Vijay learned about Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) and the Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program from a KPA CTP when she was a volunteer puppy-raiser at Leader Dogs for the Blind. “The more I learned about teaching my puppy, the more I wanted to improve my skills,” she explains.

August KPA CTP of the Month: Jennifer Long

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Jennifer Long, KPA CTP, was working at a local animal shelter and contemplating a certification program to further her interest in animal training and behavior. A veterinary behaviorist who was advising Jen and the shelter suggested the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program. Jen says, “I’m forever grateful. That was the best advice, as it reshaped my entire career direction.”

July KPA CTP of the Month: Reanna Ali

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When her first dog passed away, Reanna Ali, KPA CTP, was heartbroken. Around that time, she left the corporate world and moved into the dog-training industry, first offering dog-walking services. When Amelia, a 4-month-old rescue dog from Texas, entered Reanna’s life in 2018, Reanna began to think of training as a career. A friend had completed the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program several years earlier. Reanna completed the DTP program herself in 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, with Carolyn Clark. She has not looked back since then! The name of Reanna’s business, Trizane, is combination of her first dog Trina’s name and the name of her bird, Zane.

June KPA CTP of the Month: Cindy Benson

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Cindy Benson, KPA CTP, offers positive training for working livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) and their owners at Benson Ranch, and online through training videos and Zoom. She has raised and trained livestock for the last fifty years, including several hundred Miniature Donkeys over thirty years. Cindy has been raising and training Maremma livestock guardian dogs for six years. In that time, she has owned, or trained, more than 250 Maremmas.

April KPA CTP of the Month: Brittany Thomas

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Brittany Thomas, KPA CTP, met a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) when she was pursuing her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS, Behavior). Brittany remembers being impressed by the trainer’s manner with pets. “It seemed like she could get them to do anything; it seemed like magic! I was inspired by her ability to communicate with these animals, and I wanted that experience and skill for myself.” Brittany completed the KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in October 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with Laura VanArendonk Baugh.

March KPA CTP of the Month: Kristina Dieta Setiabudi

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Kristina Dieta Setiabudi, KPA CTP, offers dog training services through her business, Puppy Colours in Singapore, focusing on puppies and fearful dogs in particular. Her own dog, Josh, inspired Kristina to learn more about reward-based training when she was able to help him with his fearful behavior using positive training methods. “There were not many qualified dog trainers or behavior consultants in Singapore,” Kristina explains. “I started to read books and watch online videos, helping Josh with my limited knowledge. I wanted to address the problem’s root cause, not just the symptoms.”

February KPA CTP of the Month: Georgette Lombardo

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Georgette Lombardo, KPA CTP, Albuquerque The Magazine’s Top Trainer in 2020 and 2017 and among the Top 5 in 2016, 2018, and 2019, quit her corporate job and launched her own business after obtaining certification from the KPA Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program in 2015. Pawsitive Training ABQ offers personalized in-home private training.