Faculty

Steve Benjamin's picture

Steve Benjamin is the owner of Clicking With Canines in Endicott, NY.  Steve retired from the federal government in January 2004 to pursue his passion for working with dogs and their owners. Steve specializes in teaching clicker training to his clients, helping them teach their dogs to be socially acceptable, happy, and intelligent family pets.  Steve is a faculty member for the Karen Pryor Academy and instructs KPA Dog Trainer Professional program sessions in New York (spring/summer) and Florida (fall/winter).

Helix Fairweather's picture

Helix Fairweather, KPA CTP, has been clicker training since 1996 and is truly committed to this way of communicating with dogs. She offers group classes and private consultations, all with the goal of helping people and their dogs learn to live together and have fun.

Also the co-creator of the online pet dog training course offered at www.cyberdogonline.com, Helix’s wish is for force-free training to become the social norm.

Carolyn Clark's picture

Carolyn Clark has a background in education. She has taught elementary school in Ottawa and, at the college level, classes in the continuing education department at Algonquin College and the Carleton Board of Education. A guest lecturer at the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College, Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in pastoral group work, as well as an Ontario teacher certificate. 

Terry Ryan's picture

Terry Ryan is the president of Legacy Canine Behavior & Training, Inc. Through Legacy, Terry writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, instructs pet dog classes, hosts interns, and consults. View her upcoming speaking schedule.

Terry has been a community dog training class instructor since 1968, specializing in pet dog classes using motivational exercises presented as games. She was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, from 1981 until 1994.

Laurie Luck's picture

Dog problems got you down? Laurie Luck of Smart Dog University can help you and your dog!

Visit the Smart Dog University website to learn more about how we can help you and your dog. You'll find helpful articles (free!), as well as recommended resources. Subscribe to Your Smart Dog, our free newsletter filled with lots of information about common problems and how to solve them, what's new at SDU, and new class information. Check out Smart Dog University on Facebook, YouTube, and on Twitter! You'll also want to check out the Smart Dog Blog for quick answers, helpful information, and valuable nuggets about dogs and their behavior. You don't want to miss it!

Laura VanArendonk Baugh's picture

Laura believes wholeheartedly in the ability of clicker training techniques to improve not only a dog's behavior, but human interaction as well. She has a special enthusiasm for working with what others consider "over-the-top" dogs—dogs that are too energetic and too rambunctious to be controlled with conventional means!

Laura Monaco Torelli's picture

Laura holds the following certifications: KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, TAGteach Level 2 Instructor, Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT).

Laura is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts. She and the company's training team work in collaboration with clients and animal health professionals to provide high-quality care for the animals in their lives. Their focus is to "Explore the Joy of Learning Together."  Force-free training principles and guidance are provided through seminars, interactive groups, and individual sessions. Laura and her training team enjoy sharing the many wonderful benefits of positive reinforcement training with various species of animals.

Sarah Owings's picture

At Bridges Dog Training we invite our animals to be partners in learning. They are not just trainees to be molded to our will; they are participants. We do not force the animals to do anything they are not willing to do. Instead, we teach, encourage, and motivate by making the work fun and rewarding.

Hannah Branigan's picture

At Wonderpups Dog Training, we believe that people and animals learn best in an environment free of criticism. It is our mission to make training fun and enjoyable for dogs and their handlers. We use cutting-edge techniques and time-proven motivational methods to help you achieve your goals.

Lindsay Wood's picture

Lindsay Wood Brown is a board-certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) by the Animal Behavior Society and holds a Master's degree in Psychology with concentration in Animal Behavior. Lindsay is a Karen Pryor Academy Course Developer and has served as a KPA Faculty member since 2012. She specializes in resolving behavior conditions and consults for animal shelters on the design and implementation of behavior programs, effective modification methods for a range of behavior conditions, and development of robust operational strategies to achieve behavioral health within the shelter.

Lindsay served as the Director of Operations for Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS), an open-admissions animal shelter located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her role at Lynchburg Humane included the oversight of all shelter operations, with a strong focus on behavior and behavior modification to increase the number of animal lives saved and successfully rehomed.

Prior to her role as Director of Operations in Virginia, Lindsay served as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado. She developed Boulder Humane's Training and Behavior Department, including the curriculum for a wide array of positive reinforcement, clicker training classes for community members. Lindsay also developed the organization's comprehensive behavior modification program which focuses on rehabilitating dogs with specific concerns, including food guarding, fearful behavior, body-handling sensitivities, separation anxiety, and dog-dog aggression.

Shelly Brouwer's picture

Shelly has been a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (CTP) since June, 2010, and has been training animals since 1999. Her professional animal training career began in 1999 as a marine mammal trainer at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, FL. She has also served as the marine mammal trainer at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT, and at the Minnesota Zoo in Minneapolis. In 2009, Shelly accepted the Training and Behavior Manager position at the Humane Society of Boulder, CO. There, she oversaw the development, implementation, and continual refinement of the Society's Behavior Modification Program for shelter animals. In addition to department responsibilities, Shelly oversaw the Society's public dog training classes and participated as an instructor as well. Most recently, Shelly has relocated back to her home state of Minnesota.

Sara Benton's picture

A fully qualified zoologist, veterinary nurse, animal trainer, and behaviorist, Sara Benton has more than 10 years of experience working with animals of many different species, from cats and dogs to bears and wolves. Sara earned a BSc Honours degree in Zoology before studying to become a veterinary nurse. Between university and veterinary work, she gained experience in many different places, including zoos, wildlife parks, general practices, charity clinics, and referral practices. Sara ran Premier Paws Training Education, providing training and behaviour services to clients, as well as organising educational events for professionals and the public alike, for several years. Sara has recently returned to veterinary practice where she is a strong advocate for low stress handling and helping owners better understand their animals.

Alexis Davison's picture

Alexis lives in the Adelaide Hills (Australia). She established her business, Scholars in Collars, in 2002. Her primary focus is helping people understand dog behaviour, showing owners how to teach their dogs to become well-mannered companions. Alexis is committed to positive reinforcement for both dogs and owners. Alexis continues to learn about dogs, training, and behaviour, and regularly attends workshops, seminars, and conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Linda Ryan's picture

<p>Inspiring Pet Teaching is a unique training &amp; behaviour management service for dogs &amp; other pets. I specialise in modern &amp; scientific methods which, as well as being reliably effective, are kind &amp; fair to the animals &amp; humans we teach. I am one of only a small, but growing, number Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners practicing in the U.K., as well as being one of the most qualified &amp; experienced veterinary nurses in this country! This means you can be assured of high-quality training, as well as expert knowledge, for you &amp; your pet. I am also a proud member of the Association of Force Free Pet Professionals &amp; the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, U.K. Inspiring Pet Teaching offers one-to-one &amp; group training services for dogs &amp; other pets. I am based in the New Forest, serving the area &amp; all of its local towns, also Salisbury, Christchurch, Wimborne, Totton, as well as surrounding areas. With my wealth of knowledge &amp; experience, gained over many years of nursing at the highest level, I bring the same principles of care, empathy &amp; kindness, as well as a modern &amp; scientific approach, to teaching both my animal &amp; human learners. I am a level one certified TAG teacher, which gives me a great foundation in ability to teach, &amp; set you up to succeed with your pet. I am also a proud member of the Karen Pryor Academy faculty team.</p>

Terrie Hayward's picture

Terrie Hayward is a Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Member, KPA-CTP professional animal trainer and the owner of PAW-Positive Animal Wellness, LLC in Rincon, Puerto Rico. She is the author of the pocket guide to working with deaf dogs titled, "A Deaf Dog Joins the Family, Training, Education, and Communication for a Smooth Transition". Additionally, Terrie specializes in canine Separation Anxiety cases. She works in person and remotely with families and their animal companions, presents workshops, travels, and consults focusing on positive reinforcement interactions and modifying behavior through applications in behavior analysis.

Nan Arthur's picture

Nan Arthur has been training with positive reinforcement and operant conditioning since 1996, and is committed to using only positive methods with both humans and animals. She owns Whole Dog Training and offers private in-home behavior consultations and training in the San Diego area. Nan emphasizes helping pet parents understand their pets and opening the lines of communication between the two species.

Nan is involved with Freedom Dogs, a local Service Dog group that specializes in PTSD dogs and the support they offer to wounded warriors. She has also authored a popular book called Chill Out Fido! How to Calm Your Dog, and contributes to many other publications. Recently completed the Puppy Start Right program to help puppies get the best start in life.

Whole Dog Training offers full-service dog training and behavior modification in San Diego County. There are two training locations, one in Encinitas and the other a lovely indoor climate-controlled 2400-square-foot facility in Scripps Ranch.

Emma Parsons's picture

Emma Parsons is currently the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in Newton, MA. She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. She is the author of two highly popular books on this subject: &ldquo;Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog&rdquo; and &ldquo;Teaching the Reactive Dog Class: Leading the Journey from Reactivity to Reliability.&rdquo; Emma is a faculty member and instructor of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training &amp; Behavior as well as of the Karen Pryor ClickerExpo conferences. She gives &quot;Click to Calm&quot; seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Emma holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained competition obedience/agility dogs&mdash;three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque, and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.

Sherrie Yuschak's picture

Sherrie is the Veterinary Behavior Technician at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her current duties include supporting the Behavioral Medicine Service, collaborating on behavioral research, educating hospital staff regarding low-stress handling techniques, and teaching veterinary students about behavior. Sherrie's previous employment included small animal general medicine from 1997-2010. In 2011 she earned her VTS (Behavior). Sherrie graduated from Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training &amp; Behavior (KPA) as a Certified Training Partner (CTP) in 2014. Active in promoting behavior education, Sherrie previously served on the Board of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and is a member of their 2016 CE Committee. She is also a member of the Examination Committee for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and Member at Large for the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians. Other educational efforts by Sherrie include moderation of the message boards for the Veterinary Support Personnel Network and teaching an online program specifically for veterinary professionals as part of Family Paws Parent Education. All of Sherrie's endeavors place emphasis on strengthening the human-animal bond as a foundation to improve well-being.