In 1999, a video clip sparked Karen's interest in clicker training. The video was of someone trying to walk a mule into a bathing stall—that mule was planted at the entrance! After a few clicks and treats, the mule walked right in. That video clip had a profound impact on Karen and started her on a journey. Karen's fascination with finding the most effective and dog-friendly training methods available continues to this day.
Whether it is teaching a dog to weave through poles in the sport of agility or to sit politely for petting, Karen is “positive” that any task can be trained using clicker technology. She has attended "Chicken Camps" with Bob Bailey, who taught all of his students to “believe" in both the clicker science and themselves. Karen has also been part of Terry Ryan’s program, Coaching People to Train Their Dogs, the SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers Certificate in Training & Counseling program taught by Jean Donaldson, and a Public Class Curriculum seminar led by Veronica Boutelle.
Karen is also proud to have earned a CAP1 with distinction with Epic, her Labrador retriever. In July of 2009, she earned a Master Agility Champion (MACH) title with her Papillon, Milton. Most recently, in February 2010 Karen graduated from Karen Pryor Academy. A professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Karen is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT), a member of the Pet Care Services Association, a Certified Kennel Operator, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.