Who We Are

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA) teaches inspired animal training through innovative programs designed for both experienced and aspiring teachers. We advance the field of force-free training by building a community of positive reinforcement trainers who see shared value in collaboration and discussion of training science, practices and related issues.

KPA currently offers 11 courses in animal training. Courses feature curriculum developed by us and frequently developed in collaboration with other leader or leaders in the field. These same collaborators also facilitate, coach or teach the course material.

Students enroll and participate in all our programs via an online learning platform. Many of our courses include online facilitated coaching; in addition the Dog Trainer Professional course has a hands-on workshop component.


Karen Pryor Academy was founded by Karen Pryor Clicker Training, and launched nationally in 2007 with training centers throughout North America.

Karen Pryor Academy was borne of the many requests KPCT received from trainers who wanted help setting standards for good training practices and help making trainers more financially successful.

Karen Pryor

Karen Pryor is a pioneer in the development of force-free training methods, and one of the leading proponents of operant conditioning. Karen continues to have an enormous influence in the animal training field, and is much admired for her influential body of work and generous spirit.

Karen Pryor Academy is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Karen Pryor Academy is licensed by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.