Kiki Yablon is a former journalist who brings to her training the same sharp observational, analytical, and expository skills that made her a nationally respected editor.
She began training in 2005 as a client of Laura Monaco Torelli, now the director of Animal Behavior Training Concepts and a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member. In 2009, after several years of increasingly intensive self-directed study, she came on as an apprentice at Animal Behavior Training Concepts, and has since moved on to become a senior trainer and training manager there. Kiki has continued her education by attending seminars, workshops, conferences, and Dr. Susan Friedman's fantastic eight-week course in applied behavior analysis for animal professionals, Living & Learning with Animals. She has since become a co-instructor for Dr. Friedman, reviewing student homework for both Living & Learning with Animals and Dr. Friedman's module in the IAABC's Animal Behavior Consulting Principles and Practice course.
In February 2011, Kiki graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy. Each year since, she has since earned the "client endorsed" distinction through KPA's Assurance, Commitment, and Education program, a system for ensuring that members continue to meet the organization's high standards for force-free training. You can read what her clients have said about their training experience here.
Kiki teaches group classes through Animal Behavior Training Concepts and offers private in-home instruction through both Animal Behavior Training Concepts and her own business, Dog Training by Kiki Yablon.
A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the Radcliffe Publishing Course and a former editor of Outside, Chicago, and the Chicago Reader, Kiki is also available for writing and editing projects related to dog training and behavior.