ClickerExpo Faculty & Speakers

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Eva Bertilsson Eva Bertilsson

For 18.5 years, Eva Bertilsson shared her life and her passion for training with Misty (a phalène). Together they excelled in agility, won the individual Swedish Agility National, and were part of the Swedish Agility Team. They also earned titles at the highest levels in obedience and conformation, and played around in several other dog sports. Over time, Eva's pack expanded to include phalène Soya and Border collie Tizla. While still enjoying the thrill of competitive training, Eva's focus has shifted gradually toward broader behavioral questions, a focus which complements her strong interest in positive reinforcement training.

Eva is currently studying behavior analysis at the master's level. Previously she earned a degree in psychology and education and worked as a teacher. Eva has worked for the Swedish Kennel Club for many years, educating agility instructors and future instructors' teachers, as well as offering pet dog classes and campaigning for clicker training at local clubs. She is also involved in increasing the knowledge of training and behavioral management in animal caretaker education and in zoological facilities.

Working as an instructor and writer, Eva runs Carpe Momentum with her friend and colleague Emelie Johnson Vegh. Eva and Emelie lead agility seminars at all levels throughout Sweden and Norway, and are very much appreciated for their systematic and well-planned approach that focuses on joy and success for both dog and handler. Eva and Emelie also offer TAGteach Primary Certification seminars; they are the first level 3-certified TAGteachers in Europe. The colleagues write articles for magazines such as Canis (published by Morten Egtvedt and Cecilie Køste), and have released their first agility book, Agility Right from the Start, published by Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT). Learn more about Eva at her website. 

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Hannah Branigan Hannah Branigan

Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 12 years. In addition to being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), she is a faculty member for KPA, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). She is also a popular speaker and teaches workshops all over the country. As the owner of Wonderpups, LLC, Hannah is committed to training both dogs and people with positive reinforcement methods. She has titled her dogs in conformation, obedience, schutzhund, agility, and rally. Her dogs have multiple class wins, both AKC and UKC High in Trial awards, and scores that qualify for several Front & Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX).

Aaron Clayton Aaron Clayton

Aaron Clayton has been president of Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT) and a business partner with Karen Pryor for more than a decade. He is a management executive with approximately 25 years of experience growing service-based businesses. Of all his experiences, Aaron's involvement with teaching and learning as the president of KPCT has been the most fun and reinforcing (pun intended!).

Prior to partnering with Karen, Aaron helped found and fund a human resources company and was a partner at a business strategy consultancy focused on improving the market position and performance of Fortune 500 companies. He is a board member of TAGteach, LLC. Aaron holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an M.B.A from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Helix Fairweather Helix Fairweather

Helix Fairweather has been training with operant conditioning 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. Helix's classes include an innovative clicker training pet manners class, Control Unleashed® classes, agility classes, and beginning clicker training classes in Salem, Oregon. She also teaches online agility classes for clicker trainers who wish to homeschool their clicker trained agility dogs prior to taking a local agility class.

A contributing author for Clean Run magazine and The Clicker Journal, Helix is a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) and part of the KPA faculty.

Helix holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from Oregon State University and a master of science degree in physics and astrophysics from the University of New Mexico. She says, "I went off to grad school to be an astrophysicist and came back home hooked on dog training." Learn more about Helix at her website.

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Susan Schneider Susan Friedman, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Friedman is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Students from 22 different countries have participated in Susan's online courses, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals and Living and Learning with Parrots for Caregivers. She has written chapters on learning and behavior for three veterinary texts (Behavior of Exotic Pets, Clinical Avian Medicine, and Manual of Parrot Behavior), and is a frequent contributor to popular magazines. Her articles appear around the world in eleven languages. Susan has presented seminars for a wide variety of professional organizations around the world, including the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management program, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been nominated for the Media Award given by the International Association of Behavior Analysis for her efforts to disseminate to pet owners, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of the animals in their care.

Tia Guest Tia Guest

Tia Guest is a dog trainer and instructor, an exotic animal trainer, and a business executive. As Program Director for Karen Pryor Academy, she oversees students and faculty, and is also involved in curriculum design and the development of teaching materials and programs.

Tia is a graduate of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College in California, where she clicker trained animals ranging from rats to big cats. As a Moorpark graduate, Tia worked in the entertainment industry, training animals for television, movies, and commercials, and also presented wildlife education shows to the general public.

Tia began teaching pet dog training classes in 1993. Starting in 1994, she served as the National Training Manager for a corporation contracted to provide dog training for a national pet supply retailer. Tia was responsible for producing curriculum, hiring and managing trainers, and increasing revenues. In 1999, Tia left her corporate position and opened her own facility in Texas, offering dog training, private consultation and coaching, group classes, daycare, and overnight boarding.

Tia's own dogs compete in agility, dabble in disc dog, and offer training demonstrations and entertainment at schools and animal events. Tia is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an Associate Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club.

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Cecilie Køste Cecilie Køste

Norwegian Cecilie Køste joined the ClickerExpo faculty in 2008. With her flat-coated retrievers, Cecilie has been a top competitor in both obedience and working dog trials. She has also competed in show jumping with her two clicker trained horses. Cecilie has experience with search and rescue dogs and dogs approved for military service.

With a degree in psychology, Cecilie is a doctor at a clinic for Child and Youth Psychiatry. She was an early adopter of clicker training and is one of Scandinavia's leading authors on this technology. Through Canis, the company she started with Morten Egtvedt, Cecilie edits and publishes a full-color magazine on dog training. Canis also publishes and sells Karen Pryor's book Don't Shoot the Dog, as well as many other clicker titles in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, and Finnish. Cecilie is the co-author of Clickertraining: The 4 Secrets of Becoming a Supertrainer, one of the three books on clicker training she has co-authored.

Canis also runs a clicker training school with multiple locations in Norway, focusing not only on the average dog trainer, but also on using clicker training to win in competition—any competition. The school's teachers and students are not just top clicker trainers, but also top-notch competitors in European dog-related sports. Cecilie's focus is on how to use the clicker edge in obedience competition, with major emphasis placed on basic skills and back-chaining, the tools that she considers the key to precision and reliability.

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Alexandra Kurland Alexandra Kurland

Alexandra Kurland began her instructional career as a dressage rider and teacher and as an accredited TTouch Practitioner. In 1998 she launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her first book, Clicker Training for Your Horse. Alexandra teaches clicker training geared to any horse need or sport—including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and reforming difficult and unmanageable horses. She travels widely, giving clicker training seminars in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. Several years ago, Alexandra trained a miniature horse, Panda, to serve as the guide animal for a blind owner.

A graduate of Cornell University, Alexandra has written The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures and The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker. She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series and is presently at work on new books and videos. Learn more about Alexandra at her website.

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Kay Laurence Kay Laurence

Kay Laurence runs a training and education business, Learning About Dogs Ltd. Her business is located in the United Kingdom, in the Cotswolds at the Wagmore Barn Centre, and is focused on excellent training, thinking, and canine enjoyment. In addition to workshops at her own training facility and in the virtual learning environment, Kay holds workshops and seminars across Europe and the United States, teaching a wide range of clicker training skills and encouraging trainers to enjoy the expansive views outside the box.

Living intimately with many dogs over many years, observing their daily interactions, puppy-rearing, and activities, Kay has learned to view our world through their eyes. Dogs demonstrate the art of living skillfully and as a harmonious and connected group. Kay's understanding and skills are shared through her workshops, where consistent, high-quality results with a range of different dogs and people are achieved. With her passion for understanding dogs and her experience in teaching, Kay leads the way developing practical techniques that leave owners with a great sense of personal achievement and connection to their dogs.

Kay is considered one of the world's advanced clicker trainers. With 10 titles published and translated into German, French, and Spanish, her exciting books and videos offer her unique combination of talents. Kay has been a presenter at the twice-annual Karen Pryor Clickertraining's conference ClickerExpo more than 15 times and continues to enjoy exploring new cities in the US as part of the ClickerExpo faculty. A regular presenter at the ORCA "Wicked Minds" Conference at the University of North Texas, she has also been a Presenter at the Australia APDT Conference, Sydney 2011.  Learn more about Kay at her website.

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Theresa McKeon Theresa McKeon

Theresa McKeon, BA, is a co-founder and senior vice president of TAGteach International, LLC. TAGteach™ began in 1998 when Theresa, a national-level gymnastics coach, combined her knowledge of sports coaching with the clicker training principles she used with her horses. The results just "clicked." Theresa teamed with scientist Joan Orr, dance teacher Beth Wheeler, and Aaron Clayton and Karen Pryor of Karen Pryor Clickertraining to found TAGteach International, LLC. Since then, TAGteach has evolved into an entire teaching protocol benefiting an endless variety of human applications.

Theresa delights in designing new TAGteach programs for groups around the world including: gymnasts in Iceland, classroom teachers in New Zealand, military personnel in Norway, fishermen in Alaska, equestrians in Ireland, zoo keepers in Illinois, and professional dog trainers in Japan. Learn more about Theresa at her website.

Emma Parsons Emma Parsons

Emma Parsons, BA, former president and head instructor for the New England Obedience Club, is the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital, and Training Director for Karen Pryor Clickertraining. She is also the author of the popular book, Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog. The book was inspired by her work with her golden retriever Ben, who became aggressive to other dogs after being severely punished by an "aggression expert." Emma turned to clicker training and successfully eliminated Ben's dog-on-dog aggression.

Emma has been featured on numerous television shows, and gives seminars around the US on training and managing the reactive dog. She has also taught clicker training classes to graduate students at Tufts Veterinary School of Medicine and at Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue. Emma runs her own dog training business, the Creative Canine, specializing in canine aggression issues. To learn more about Emma, visit her website here.

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Karen Pryor Michele Pouliot

Michele Pouliot, with her dogs Cabo, Listo, and Deja, is the winner of multiple national and international freestyle competitions, including the World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO) World Championship in 2009. In November 2008, Michele and Listo made WCFO history as the first team to receive perfect "10s" for both Artistic and Technical scores in the Championship division of Perfect Dance Partners. They have since repeated this incredible achievement nine more times, receiving the special "Perfect 10" award a total of ten times. Among the ten awards for perfect 10s, six different routines are represented.

WCFO again honored Michele Pouliot, naming her "Trainer of the Year" for 2011. The award paid tribute to her teaching skills working with both people and dogs. At that time, Michele and Listo also received special awards for garnering "Double 10" scores seven times in 2011.

Michele has been a professional guide dog mobility instructor for more than three decades. In 1974, Michele joined Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), the largest guide dog school in the US, and attained her Guide Dog Mobility Instructor license qualification in 1977. In addition to personally training more than 350 guide dog teams over 20 years, Michele contributed to the GDB organization in many different ways through several positions of increasing responsibility. Michele has led Guide Dogs for the Blind through a gradual changeover from traditional training to clicker training in guide dog work, and has worked to instruct the organization's blind clients in the use of the clicker.

GDB and Michele actively support and assist other guide dog schools in their efforts to adopt clicker training; great strides are being made in the guide dog industry. In 2011, they held their second International Guide Dog Clicker Conference, continuing to assist schools in making the transition to clicker training. Michele is recognized internationally for her innovation and creative development in guide dog training and service to blind clients.

Michele joined the ClickerExpo faculty in 2008, and partnered with Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) to create the online canine freestyle course. The course has received rave reviews from students and is popular even with clicker enthusiasts who are not involved in the freestyle sport. Learn more about Michele.

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Karen Pryor Karen Pryor

Karen Pryor is a scientist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. Through her work with dolphins in the 1960s she pioneered modern, force-free animal training methods. Karen is the author of many scientific papers and monographs and seven books. She is a founder and leading proponent of clicker training, the worldwide movement involving new ways to communicate positively with pets and other animals. She is the founder and CEO of the behavioral publishing company Sunshine Books, Inc., and its online divisions. Karen has three children and seven grandchildren. She lives in Boston with two clicker trained dogs and a clicker trained cat.

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Ken Ramirez Ken Ramirez

Ken Ramirez, executive vice president of animal collections and training at Chicago's world-famous Shedd Aquarium, develops and supervises animal care programs, staff training and development, and public presentation programs for the entire animal collection. He oversees animal care and training for over 32,000 animals including whales and dolphins, sharks and turtles, sea horses and jellies, and so many more. He joined Shedd Aquarium in 1989.

A 35-year veteran of animal care and training, Ken worked for nine years at Marineworld of Texas. He also coordinated training programs at Ocean Safari in South Padre Island, Texas, and has acted as a consultant for many zoos and aquariums throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close connection to dog training throughout his career. His work with dogs has included search and rescue and scent detection. He hosted a popular television series on pet training Talk to the Animals that ran for two years in Australia.

Ken has been active in several professional organizations, including the International Marine Animal Trainer's Association (IMATA), of which he is a past president, and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, where he has served on the board of directors since 1987. He also has served on the board of the American Cetacean Society and is a professional member of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA).

In addition to his other work, Ken has written for several scientific publications, including Marine Mammals: Public Display and Research, and Soundings, published quarterly by IMATA. He teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University, and authored the book ANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management Through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999. The book has become required reading for many animal trainers in the zoological field.

Learn more about Ken's work, visit the Shedd Aquarium's website or his personal website.

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Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Ph.D. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Ph.D.

Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer. He serves on several editorial boards, including the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. His areas of interest include antecedent control of behavior, generalization, behavioral cusps, fluency-based teaching, treatment of autism, teaching of academic behavior, animal training, and rule- and contingency-shaped behavior.

To learn more about the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas, visit the school's website website.

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Kathy Sdao Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB

Kathy Sdao, an associate certified applied animal behavioralist (ACAAB), has earned her living as a fulltime animal trainer for twenty-five years. She received a master's degree in experimental psychology from the University of Hawaii in 1990. At the University's Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory, she was part of a research team that trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. These dolphin "mind games" were designed to allow analysis of the animals' language-processing capabilities. When Kathy completed her graduate studies, the US Navy (Department of Defense) hired her to train dolphins to perform applied, open-ocean tasks. Training sessions took place in the waters off Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, with the trainers on a small boat and the dolphins swimming alongside unrestrained.

Later, Kathy accepted a job in Tacoma, Washington, as a marine mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. For five years, the zoo's beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, polar bears, and otters taught her to be a better trainer. In 1994, as vice president of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, she organized and chaired the organization's annual conference.

In 1996, Kathy made the big leap from wet mammals to dry ones. In partnership with a fellow zookeeper, she created and managed Puget Hound Daycare, Tacoma's first dog daycare. There she had the opportunity to spend 10 hours a day observing a wide range of canine behavior. In the evenings, Kathy taught pet owners how to "dolphin-train" their dogs.

Kathy now owns Bright Spot Dog Training and provides behavior consultation services and private training lessons to dog owners.  She also teaches educational seminars and workshops to trainers and pet owners around the world. She is an enthusiastic clicker training advocate,having experienced its awesome power to communicate clearly with so many species. To learn more, read a profile of Kathy, or visit her website.

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Laura Monaco Torelli Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Chicago-based Animal Behavior Training Concepts (ABTC). Laura began her professional animal training career in 1991 at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. In 2000, she joined the San Diego Zoo and then later the Brookfield Zoo as a supervisory keeper. Working within the zoological community, Laura has trained a wide variety of species, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, red pandas, and dogs.

In addition to heading ABTC, Laura serves as a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy and is on staff at Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants. She has been a speaker at many professional conferences, including the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Behavior Management Alliance, International Marine Animal Trainers' Association and the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior. Laura has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN Midday and NBC 5 Chicago News.

Emelie Johnson Emelie Johnson-Vegh

Emelie Johnson Vegh began training dogs as a teenager, after many years of involvement with horses. Her first dog was a mixed breed that competed successfully in both agility and obedience. Emelie's first Border terrier came into her life in 1994; all in all she's had three terriers, with "My" still sharing her life. The Border terriers have been involved in agility mostly, but also in some freestyle and ground work.

In 2009, a Kelpie made an entrance into the family. With her, Emelie is working in agility, obedience, and freestyle, with the hope of adding some search work. Emelie and her dogs have won medals at the Swedish Nationals, both as youths and as adults, with a silver team medal as the best placement.

Although trained as a high school teacher (degrees from Lund University and Malmö University), Emelie works solely within Carpe Momentum, which she runs with Eva Bertilsson. Together Emelie and Eva give seminars, private lessons, and lectures; they also write articles for magazines such as Canis (published by Morten Egtvedt and Cecilie Køste), and have released their first agility book, Agility Right from the Start, published by Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT).

Emelie and Eva also offer TAGteach Primary Certification seminars; they are the first level 3-certified TAGteachers in Europe. Their approach is systematic and well-planned, and focuses on joy and success for both dog and handler.

Emelie lives in the very south of Sweden, in the country's third largest city, Malmö. She shares her life with her husband, two sons and a daughter, and two dogs. Other than dog sports, she enjoys training in general and is very interested in sports psychology. Emelie is also an author of fiction novels. Learn more about Emelie at her website

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Laura VanArendonk Baugh Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh operates Canines in Action in Indianapolis. A crossover trainer, Laura began training professionally in 1999 and has adopted clicker training enthusiastically. She became a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) in 2008 and returned to the Academy as an instructor, teaching certification workshops around the country. The author of the bestselling Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over-the-Top to Under Control, Laura is well-known in the clicker training community. She blogs and writes articles on clicker training and behavior frequently.

Laura is particularly fascinated by the hard science of altering behavior. Her instructional videos are popular and are often recommended by other trainers and used in national presentations on clicker training. One has even made its way into a Harvard University behavior class! Laura is also certified in TAGteach; she provides a fun and positive learning experience for the human handler as well as for the dog.

Lindsay Wood Lindsay Wood

Lindsay Wood, KPA CTP, ACAAB, is the Director of Animal Training and Behavior at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. She joined the Karen Pryor Academy faculty in 2012. With a master's degree in psychology and a concentration in animal behavior from Hunter College, Lindsay also received the Hunter College Graduate Certificate in the Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation. Her graduate thesis research project assessed the benefit of clicker training shelter dogs to facilitate learning, and is featured in Karen Pryor's book, Reaching the Animal Mind.

Lindsay has worked with both marine mammals and domestic animals using positive, reward-based methods. She has also worked and consulted for animal welfare agencies in specialty areas including the development of behavior teams, the creation and implementation of behavior modification programs to increase shelter animal adoptability and reduce euthanasia, and the establishment of comprehensive training class opportunities for public clients.


Steve Benjamin Steve Benjamin

Steve Benjamin is a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member and the owner of Clicking With Canines in Endicott, NY. Since 2004, Steve has specialized in helping clients teach their dogs to be socially acceptable, happy, and intelligent family pets. He spent a year implementing a shelter training program at a local shelter, which ultimately became the inspiration for the KPA Shelter Training & Enrichment course.

Steve holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in computer science. In January of 2004, he retired from a 24-year career as a Special Agent with the FBI in order to pursue his passion for working with dogs and their owners.

Irith Bloom Irith Bloom

Irith Bloom, KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, VSPDT, is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, a pet training company based in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in private training and behavior consulting. A biologist by training, she has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens and rabbits to dogs and horses—not to mention humans.

Irith has presented at ClickerExpo, the APDT Annual Conference, and the VSPDT Conference. She has written numerous articles for, and has been published in The APDT Chronicle of the Dog and Everydog. Irith is a member of the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health Initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of pets and their people. She also volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue. Irith shares her home with a rescued English shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).

Leanne Falkingham Leanne Falkingham

As a non-profit and animal shelter professional, Leanne Falkingham has worked in four shelters in three states over the last 19 years. In 2007, as a shelter manager, she undertook the task of reforming an over-crowded SPCA in New York that was struggling to provide appropriate care to its animals. An important part of the makeover was the introduction of clickers and a reinforcement-based training program.

Motivated by the positive response of staff, dogs, and cats to this small clicker program, Leanne became a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2008. She subsequently served as Behavior and Training Manager for two New York shelters, expanding enrichment, training, behavior modification, and volunteer programs. In 2013, Karen Pryor Academy launched the online Shelter Training & Enrichment course, co-authored by Leanne and Steve Benjamin, Karen Pryor Academy faculty member.

Peggy Hogan Peggy Hogan

Through her business, The Best Whisper is a Click, Peggy Hogan provides clicker training lessons, clinics, and online coaching, all focused on horses.

A horse-lover since the age of three when her sister put her on a pay-per-lap pony ride, Peggy loves all animals and has a passion for training. She has studied natural horsemanship in depth and immersed herself in the teachings of Peggy Cummings, founder of Connected Riding. With the guidance of Alexandra Kurland, Peggy fully embraced clicker training and positive reinforcement.

Learning from clicker trainers of other species, Peggy has investigated ways to add more shaping, capturing, luring, and targeting to her clicker training for horses program. Horses offer complex behaviors freely if given the choice, behaviors that range from agility to freestyle to medical procedures. Peggy has worked with clicker training techniques in the area of horse rescue as well.

Emily Larlham Emily Larlham

Emily Larlham runs the dog training business Dogmantics. She is known around the world for her popular YouTube channel kikopup where more than 200 in-depth dog training tutorials are posted. With her YouTube channel, Emily's intention is to make humane training information free to everyone. Emily created the term Progressive Reinforcement Training to describe an ethical way of training animals that involves no form of physical or psychological intimidation. She has conducted seminars on Progressive Reinforcement Training in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

Emily began her career as an animal caregiver at a shelter where she cared for all types of dogs and raised rooms full of puppies. She apprenticed with her mentor Kyle Rayon for five years, learning from and working with thousands of shelter dogs. Later, Emily started her own business, Dogmantics. She combines her artistic background and training skills to invent creative, fast, and reliable ways to solve problem behaviors as well as train complex behaviors and tricks.

Laurie Luck Laurie Luck

Laurie Luck has been involved in the dog world for more than 20 years. Her formal education includes a M.A. in psychology, but she credits dogs for teaching her the most important concepts of behavior and training.

An entrepreneur (Smart Dog University) and social media enthusiast, Laurie delights in sharing her knowledge and experience with dog owners across the country. She's committed to helping improve the lives of dogs through education of the human end of the leash. Laurie's YouTube channel offers free weekly dog training videos, and her blog details training experiences and ideas that every dog owner will find helpful.

In addition to being a member of the ClickerExpo faculty, Laurie is also a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy and teaches the Dog Trainer Professional program at various U.S. locations. Laurie has spoken at regional and national conferences on both dog behavior and social media.

Laurie is a volunteer puppy raiser for Service Dogs of Virginia. She's had a hand in raising and training 16 dogs, and enjoys being involved in the education of dogs that go on to do so much good for their human partners. She and her Labrador retriever, Tango, are a certified R.E.A.D. therapy dog team and enjoy working in the classroom with elementary school students to improve their reading skills.

Sarah Owings Sarah Owings

Sarah Owings is passionate about reaching the "difficult" dog, and specializes in transformative training techniques for fearful or shy dogs. As the owner of Bridges Dog Training, a Karen Pryor Academy graduate, a co-developer of Cyber Dog Online, and a regular contributor to online training forums, she is known for her innovative approaches to tough behavior problems, and her compassionate and insightful teaching. 

Sarah has written articles for Clean Run and Veterinary Technician magazine, and has produced numerous short videos illuminating clicker training, exotic animal training, and her clients' success stories. One of her videos, "The Power of Premack: Fence Fighting," was awarded second runner-up in the 2011 Canis Film Festival, and Sarah offered a "Short Spot" at ClickerExpo 2013 entitled "On Your Spot: The Transformative Power of Targeting for the Wallflower Dog."

A Los Angeles resident, Sarah is currently working on a book, Wallflower Dogs, based on all that she has learned during the journey with her very special wallflower and pit bull rescue, Zoë.

Laura Sharkey Laura Sharkey

Laura Sharkey, KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA, OSCT, is a pioneer in the areas of puppy training and development. With a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Georgetown, Laura's strong scientific background drives her approach to dog training. Laura has more than a decade of training experience, and established WOOFS! Dog Training Center to provide owners with the resources their dogs need from puppyhood to adulthood. Her specialty is helping owners with challenging puppies overcome their problems. She was one of the first to offer weekly puppy socialization opportunities for the public, as well as open-enrollment puppy classes. Laura is a faculty member of Operation Socialization, a membership organization that facilitates safe, early, and effective puppy socialization.
Laura has won numerous agility competition titles. In 2007 she opened a second facility to offer a wide variety of agility classes and to encourage clients to continue to work with their dogs beyond basic obedience. A member of APDT, Laura has presented at the APDT Annual Conference. She is certified in TAGteach and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Christina Waggoner Christina Waggoner

A Certified Training Partner and graduate of Karen Pryor Academy, Christina Waggoner has been quoted in Dog Fancy magazine's Popular Dog Series: Training Secrets For Siberian Huskies, Orange Coast magazine, and Whole Dog Journal, and has written several articles for the Karen Pryor Clicker Training website.

Christina lives in central Oregon with several Siberian huskies, a rambunctious Lab mix, a former street dog from Thailand, a pot-bellied pig, and one very patient husband. When she is not training people and their dogs or writing her blog for pet owners (The Dexter Diaries), Christina and her husband are out mushing with the huskies!

Andre Yeu Andre Yeu

Andre Yeu is the founder of When Hounds Fly, Toronto's most popular dog training facility. In the last three years, more than 1500 dogs (and their owners) have discovered the joy of clicker training through Andre and his team of talented instructors.

In the social media world, Andre is a budding YouTube star through, an online dog training school that he co-founded. He is often sought out by the media for his dog training expertise, and has appeared on television programs such as eTalk Daily, Global TV News, and CBC's hit reality show, Over the Rainbow.

Andre is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Karen PryorAcademy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP). He grew up in Vancouver, and has a bachelor's degree in commerce, with honors, from the University of British Columbia. He lives with his partner, Hyedie Hashimoto, and their two rescue beagles, Duke and Petey.

Special Guest

Susan Schneider Susan Schneider, Ph.D.

Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her new book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes the science of consequences, its role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and its many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist Magazine, Science News, and the magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.