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Dr. Ballantyne is a special guest co-teaching Team in Transition Part 2: A Closer Look at Veterinary Team Collaboration with Laura Monaco Torelli. ***
Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and the Medical Director ofInsight Animal Behavior Servicesin Chicago. Dr. Ballantyne received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. When she worked as a primary care veterinarian, Dr. Ballantyne developed a passion for animal behavior. She pursued specialty training with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and earned her board certification through ACVB in 2015. Dr. Ballantyne worked at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years, establishing the College’s first behavior service. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, including “The Feline Dream Home” in ACVB’s Decoding Your Cat. Dr. Ballantyne speaks nationally and internationally on companion animal behavioral issues and human-animal interactions. She serves on the Fear Free Advisory board and is the current President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh is a crossover trainer. She is particularly interested in more efficient behavior change as well as the general holistic effects of training. Laura became a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2008 and has since returned to the Academy as an instructor. She is also certified in TAGteach and is the author of Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out and Social, Civil, and Savvy.
Eva Bertilsson has a master’s degree in behavior analysis and a passion for animal welfare. She has been hooked on positive reinforcement training since the early 1990s. She and her dogs have participated in a variety of dog sports, including high-level obedience; they were part of the national team in agility. Today Eva teaches about behavior in multiple settings, always enjoying networking and connecting people and ideas.
Together with business partner Emelie Johnson Vegh, Eva runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum. “E&E” teach seminars and online courses on a wide variety of topics. They are known for concepts such as seamless training sessions, start-button behaviors, and flowcharts, along with their passion for foundation training for agility and other sports. TAGteach faculty members, Emelie and Eva are committed to creating the best learning environment for humans and non-humans alike. Eva and Emelie met at the agility field 20 years ago. In their book Agility Right from the Start they share their philosophy and structured approach to training, which makes the book a valuable read for all trainers (not just dog-agility enthusiasts).
Eva is a FearFree speaker and a board member of the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis. One of her most recent cooperations has the nerdy name ABC247.wtf. It is an international web shop with an online learning hub, where Eva organizes webinars based on the theme of Choice, Control & Communication and where Eva and Emelie offer their own webinars and courses.
Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed, CTC, is co-founder of dogbiz (formerly dogtec) and the author of several books, including How To Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is. Through dogbiz and their flagship program THRIVE!, she and her team help dog trainers start, grow, and run thriving businesses. Veronica writes regular business columns for multiple industry journals, including PPG’s BARKS from the Guild, and is a sought-after speaker at dog training schools and conferences across the country and internationally. Veronica and dogbiz co-founder Gina Phairas are proud to provide the business curriculum for Karen Pryor Academy.
Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 15+ 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). Hannah 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.
Hannah 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).
Lindsay Wood Brown is a board-certified applied animal behaviorist (ACAAB) with a master's degree in animal behavior. Lindsay’s goal is to help behavior consultants and shelter professionals apply behavior-change science to their everyday professional lives. Her focus is on stripping labels, flipping prevailing ideas on their sides for a better view, and honing in on systematic ways to advance strategies.
Lindsay has served as a KPA faculty member since 2012. She consults for animal shelters across the country and provides 1:1 mentorship opportunities for behavior consultants. She previously served as the Director of Operations for Lynchburg Humane Society in Virginia and as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado.
Dante is the founder of DanteDogWorks. His focus is on teaching other dog trainers and dog owners around the world how to successfully train and live with dogs using positive-reinforcement-based training. Dante started his dog training career in the late 1990s and was one of the first dog trainers to introduce clicker training in Brazil. He is an international presenter and a dog sports enthusiast, having represented Brazil and Canada in multiple World Agility competitions, titled dogs in Rally Obedience and Dock Diving, taught and performed Dog Dancing for almost a decade in Canada and the United States. In recent years, Dante developed an online dog training platform that offers multiple courses for his Brazilian audience. He teaches the “Animal Behavior and Welfare” post-grad course at the UNIRP University (Centro Universitário de Rio Preto). Since 2020, Dante has worked as a volunteer developing training programs and training staff at the Rio Preto Zoo.
Aaron Clayton is the CEO of Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT). He joined the company in 2001 and with Karen Pryor, and now with Ken Ramirez, has piloted the company’s growth for over a decade and a half. 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 joining KPCT, 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.
Juliana DeWillems (she/her) is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and KPA Certified Training Partner in the Washington, DC, area. She owns and runs JW Dog Training and Behavior Consulting. When she’s not working with clients, Juliana regularly shares her training expertise on TV, radio, and online programs. She has been featured on WTOP News and Good Morning Washington and was a regular guest on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy for many years. Juliana currently co-hosts the Live from The Ranch online broadcast with Ken Ramirez.
After realizing that there was a huge need for good, humane training advice on social media, Juliana started JW Dog Training’s Instagram page at the end of 2020. Since then, she has grown her Instagram page to more than 70,000 followers, reaching a worldwide audience. Through trial and error, along with marketing experience she has from a past life, Juliana has figured out what works and what doesn’t in getting positive reinforcement training information out to the public in the ever-changing world of social media.
Kamal Fernandez is an internationally renowned dog trainer, author, and World Championship Level sports dog coach. With more than 31 years of experience in the world of dogs and dog training, Kamal has helped promote the use of reinforcement-based methodology to train dogs from unruly pets to Crufts winners.
Kamal has competed at the highest level in dog sports, speaks at conferences, and delivers seminars all over the world, including the Victoria Stillwell Bite Conference and the IMPACT conference for service and military personnel. He has made television appearances on Sky Television’s “Dogs Might Fly,” where 12 rescue dogs were followed on their journey to “flying a plane.”
Career highlights thus far include: Crufts competitor, speaker at Lemonade Conference for Fenzi Dog Sport Academy (FDSA), FDSA instructor, World Championship Level dog sports coach, Crufts judge/steward/team manager, IMPACT conference keynote speaker, Victoria Stillwell Bite Prevention conference, International Seminar presenter, and author of Pathway to Positivity.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has co-authored chapters on behavior change in 5 veterinary texts and her popular articles have been translated into 17 languages. Susan teaches seminars and courses on animal learning online (How Behavior Works: Living & Learning with Animals) reaching students from 60 countries at last count. She also consults with zoos and animal organizations around the world. Susan was appointed to the F&WS California Condor Recovery Team from 2002-2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is currently the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Film and Television Unit of American Humane.
Terrie Hayward is a certified professional animal trainer and the owner of PAW-Positive Animal Wellness, LLC. She is the author of the pocket guide to working with deaf dogs, A Deaf Dog Joins the Family: Training, Education, and Communication for a Smooth Transition, co-author of Grooming Without Stress: Safer, Quicker, Happier, and the book for every dog family Your 10 Minute a Day Dog.
Terrie’s specialties include working with deaf dogs and canine separation anxiety cases. She works with families and their animal companions, presents workshops, travels, and consults, focusing on positive reinforcement interactions and modifying behavior through applications in behavior analysis.
Terrie holds a master’s degree in Education and is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and faculty member. She is also certified by the Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a Professional Member of The Pet Professional Guild.
Peggy Hogan fell in love with horses at age 3. Alongside passion for horses, she began to train dogs. At age 15, Peggy owned a dog that was trained to respond to hand and verbal cues; she even found an agent for the dog!
Since those early days, Peggy has been devoted to improving communication with all animals, but her passion has remained with horses. She began to study Natural Horsemanship, but the use of pressure and negative reinforcement led her to hunt for something different. She immersed herself in the teachings of Peggy Cummings, a master clinician and founder of Connected Riding, and transformed her ability to stay connected with a horse on the ground and in the saddle. Now, Peggy uses Connected Riding with its emphasis on ease of movement and postural balance with alignment for both horses and humans.
Peggy heard about Alexandra Kurland who was using positive reinforcement in a technique called clicker training and achieving very clear communication with horses. Peggy saw the effects and knew clicker training was right for her. She began to watch and learn from clicker trainers of other species. She learned from renowned trainers, including Ken Ramirez and Dr. Susan Friedman.
Peggy investigated ways to add shaping, capturing, luring, and targeting—pressure-free techniques—to teach equine behavior. Peggy embraced the idea that horses would respond and offer behavior freely, if given the choice. Using positive reinforcement and offering more control to the animal have led her to the development phase of consent signals, start buttons, and requested behaviors.
When you watch Peggy's current videos, you will see horses, at liberty, offering behaviors that range from freestyle to agility to medical procedures. Peggy has trained full-sized horses as well as miniature horses; her techniques have been used to help rescued horses. Peggy's current goal is to share the steps for learning about clicker training, primarily the lesser-known techniques of shaping, capturing, luring, and targeting, all fueled by the horse’s control and power of choice. With clicker training, the horse owners can achieve wonderful results that, until now, were reserved for professional trainers. Peggy has been a guest speaker at ClickerExpo since 2013.
Sarah has been working with dogs professionally for more than 20 years. She is the owner of Blue Dog Training and Behavior in Madison, Wisconsin. Sarah is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC. Sarah is on the board of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, is recognized in the state of Wisconsin as an expert witness in dog behavior, and has run a dog rescue organization for more than 20 years. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studied comparative cognition between dogs and dolphins through the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a member of the Lab’s humpback whale research team.
A popular public speaker since the release of her Language of Dogs and Am I Safe video series (available on DVD and streaming), Sarah has presented more than 100 seminars across the United States and internationally to dog training organizations, veterinary schools, dog breed clubs, and rescue/shelter groups. Sarah and her husband Andrew, an engineer, work together with their six dogs to create training tools for professional trainers and dog owners. The most well-known of these tools is the Dog Safe Hands-Free Leash System.
Alexandra Kurland has built her life around horses. She is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. Alexandra began teaching in the early 1980s. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse’s balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The results are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.
In 1998, Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her first book, Clicker Training for Your Horse. Pre-pandemic Alexandra traveled widely, teaching at clinics and conferences. In 2020, she switched to teaching on Zoom and discovered that this medium is a great way to help people with their horses.
Alexandra has written The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures and has also produced The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker. She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and an online training course. People outside the horse community may know her best through her weekly Equiosity podcast.
Debbie Martin is a licensed Veterinary Technician in Texas, as well as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior (VTS-Behavior). She has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996, and worked in private practice for 14 years.
Since 2005 Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, during behavior consultations.
Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.
She is a contributing author and co-editor of the textbook Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Wiley-Blackwell. Debbie and Dr. Martin have also authored a book on normal development and training for dogs: Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. The pair also authored the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. The course provides not only the thorough knowledge necessary to provide puppy socialization classes, but also a complete curriculum with supplemental materials. Debbie’s combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine and the Fear Free initiative. Debbie is honored to be a subject matter expert for Fear Free Pets and Fear Free Happy Homes. When she is not seeing clients, writing, or speaking, Debbie enjoys spending time at home with her husband and Border Terrier, Chip, on their 5-acre property in Spicewood, Texas or exploring the beautiful hill country of Texas on her motorcycle!
Melissa Millett is the founder and head trainer of In Dogs We Trust and The Ultimutts, and Ontario Animal Actors. As an animal expert, Melissa has been featured internationally as well as on programs on every major Canadian TV network, including Breakfast Television (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary), CP24, Global News, CTV (Toronto, Vancouver), Animal Planet, The Pet Network, and more. Melissa is the host of the Canadian television show Doggy House Calls and the spin-off series Doggy Diaries in cities across Canada.
Melissa is known internationally as an advanced trick trainer and performer with Ultimutts. A few of the Ultimutts have been featured internationally on: Good Morning America, The Rick Mercer Report, The Family Channel, CBC, and Cineplex Theatres. Bella the Boston terrier has traveled across the country with Ripley’s Believe it or Not! to promote her appearance in the 2016 publication. Jellybean the deaf Australian cattle dog made it to the semifinals of the Facebook Watch show World's Most Amazing Dog, receiving 36 million views and coming very close to winning $100,000 USD!
Melissa has partnered with Animal Coordinator Kirk Jarrett to provide an elite service for animals in film and TV. Most notably, the team co-trained the cats for Stephen King’s 2019 Pet Sematary and worked on a 2019 Super Bowl commercial as well as commercials for Duracell, Ford, Yoplait, and Gund. Past clients have included Paramount, Netflix, Warner Brothers, and more!
Emma Parsons, KPA-CTP, CDBC, is currently the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for Surefire Dogs in Westborough, MA, and owns her own business. She specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog and has authored three books on the subject, including her newest book The New Click to Calm: Solutions for All Dogs in a Challenging World. Emma is a Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior and Karen Pryor Clicker Training ClickerExpo conference faculty member. She taught reactive dog classes for twelve years at Masterpeace Dog Training in Franklin, MA.
Emma holds a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their two clicker-trained competition dogs—a golden, Austyn-Roque, and a border collie, Joshua-Hunt.
Chirag Patel runs Domesticated Manners in London, UK. He consults on the ethical and science-based practice of behavior management and training for animals housed in domestic, zoo, and laboratory environments. Chirag also conducts workshops for professionals internationally and was a behavior consultant on the BBC 1 television show Nightmare Pets SOS.
Chirag earned his BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behavior from the University of Lincoln, UK. He is also a certified parrot behavior consultant (CPBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Currently, Chirag is studying for a MSc in Applied Behavior Analysis.
A central force behind dogbiz, the dog pro industry’s leading business support company, and a former instructor at the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, Gina Phairas oversees the dogbiz University program, developing business courses to help R+ trainers succeed in their dream businesses. She is a dynamic speaker, teaching business workshops across the country and for Karen Pryor Academy. Gina previously ran a successful dog training business of her own and consulted nationally for shelters and rescue groups.
Michele Pouliot has worked with dogs and horses professionally since 1970. She studied horsemanship under Linda Tellington-Jones and graduated at the school’s highest riding instructor level. When Michele acquired her first dog, she quickly became hooked on dog training, which altered her career path focus. Horses continue to be Michele’s hobby and life love.
In 1974, Michele joined Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), the largest guide-dog school in North America. She trained more than 350 guide-dog teams over her 42-year career with GDB. She began to shift her training methods to clicker training in 2000. Michele guided the GDB organization away from historical punishment-based techniques to positive reinforcement methods. Michele has led her school, and dozens of guide-dog programs globally, in the adoption of clicker training for all aspects of guide-dog work. In 2016, the International Guide Dog Federation presented a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Michele.
Since retiring from her guide-dog career, Michele continues to teach and consult for guide- and service-dog organizations within the USA and internationally; she also coaches clicker training for dog sports. She was invited by Karen Pryor to join the ClickerExpo conference faculty in 2007. Michele considers ClickerExpo the highlight of each year, learning as much from faculty associates as others learn from her.
Michele has been successful in canine dog sports since 1972. She was active in competition obedience for 20+ years, gaining four OTCH (Obedience Trial Championships) titles with her own dogs. Michele also competed in tracking and agility. In 2005, Michele discovered a new sport, Canine Musical Freestyle. She fell in love with this challenging and creative hobby and became a leader in the sport, earning multiple Canine Musical Freestyle championship titles and winning national and international competitions. Michele and her Australian shepherd, Listo, made canine freestyle history with the World Canine Freestyle Organization as the first team to receive perfect scores in both Artistic and Technical categories, repeating this incredible achievement 24 times. Often referred to as a “trainers’ trainer,” Michele is known as a clear, down-to-earth, enthusiastic teacher who demonstrates her love for animals and people every time she speaks. Although she is enjoying spending more time at home since retirement, Michele continues to be passionate about teaching positive reinforcement training.
Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT). There he helps to oversee the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs for the organization.
A 40+-year veteran of animal care and training, Ken is a biologist and animal behaviorist who has overseen or consulted on training projects for many zoological organizations throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and continues to work with organizations training dogs for service work, search-and-rescue, bomb detection, and narcotic detection. Ken has also maintained a close affiliation with pet training throughout his career.
Ken taught a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University for 20 years and has been active in several professional organizations, including as a past president of the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA). He is actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings. Currently, Ken is developing courses and programming at The Ranch, the Karen Pryor National Training Center in the state of Washington.
Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer. Jesús 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.
Terry Ryan has taught dog instructors all over the world humane and effective dog training for pet, working, and competitive applications. When she is not traveling, she makes her home in the Pacific Northwest.
With more than fifty years of experience coaching people to train their dogs, "Terry's teachings" have generated a worldwide following. She is known especially for her pithy wisdom, patience, and signature classes, classes that are creative, fun, and effective and that strengthen the human-animal bond and elevate the group class experience. Terry is a renowned group class instructor and the author ofCoaching People to Train Their DogsandGamify Your Dog Training.
Terry is a member of the Karen Pryor Academy faculty where she is an instructor of theDog Trainer Professionalprogram and the new course,Game-Changing Dog Training Classes for Instructors. She is a frequent speaker at ClickerExpo and other conferences and is a well-known host of "chicken camps" for dog trainers. Terry is also the founder of Legacy Canine Behavior & Training, a training complex in operation for more than 30 years.
Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She has spent more than 30 years as a fulltime animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. Kathy received a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Hawaii. The United States Navy then hired her to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Kathy next worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Later, Kathy co-created Tacoma’s first dog daycare facility, where she began teaching clicker training classes.
Since 1998, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member at Karen Pryor Clicker Training’s ClickerExpo conferences.
Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the founder of AggressiveDog.com. His focus is on teaching other professionals from around the world how to work aggression cases successfully. Michael is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).
Michael’s expert opinion is often sought by media outlets, including The New York Times, the New York Post, Fox News, The List TV, the Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health magazine, Real Simple magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show The Bitey End of the Dog, where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression.
Michael is a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world. He offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs conference.
Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC) uses humane and scientific methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. Her experience is holistic and incorporates respect for animals as teachers. She continually studies the interactions among animal behavior, movement, learning, and health, and this effort is reflected in her innovative approach.
Lori is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner, a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant, as well as a Senior Tellington TTouch practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. Lori is the creator of the Balance Harness. She teaches workshops and presents at conferences worldwide, including ClickerExpo where she has presented on both aging dogs and fitness.
Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. Her career began in 1991 with Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of species, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs. She is currently part of a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation training team for the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Laura is a faculty instructor of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, and serves as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan G. Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She has presented at professional conferences and taught seminars across the United States, Italy, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, Japan, and the Caribbean. She was an invited speaker for the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Midwest Veterinary Conference, and Penn Vet Working Dog Conference. Laura has appeared on various broadcast media, including FOX 32, WGN, NBC 5 news, WGN Radio, and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. She contributed training videos for the Fear Free Professional Trainer Certification program and the Karen Pryor Academy Better Vet Visits online course.
Emelie Johnson Vegh has been involved in dog training and various dog sports since her teenage years, after spending many years around ponies. While she was studying to become a high school teacher of English and Swedish, Emelie began working with Eva Bertilsson and the collaboration Carpe Momentum was formed.
“E&E” teach seminars and online courses on a wide variety of topics and are known for concepts such as seamless training sessions, start-button behaviors, and flowcharts. They are TAGteach faculty members and are committed to creating the best learning environment for humans and non-humans alike. In their book Agility Right from the Start, Emelie and Eva share their philosophy and structured approach to training, which makes the book a worthy read for all trainer (not just dog-agility enthusiasts).
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, a daughter, Kelpie Scout, and Field Golden Tessa. Scout is now 12 years old and retired, and Tessa is about to begin her journey into dog sports, primarily obedience and rally obedience. In addition to dog sports, Emelie enjoys training in general, and is very interested in sports psychology, running, multisport, and yoga. She is also an author of fiction novels for both children and adults.
Laurie C. Williams (CPDT-KA, CCUI) has had a love of and connection with dogs from as far back as she can remember. She is the owner and Director of Training and Behavior Counseling at Pup ‘N Iron Canine Fitness & Learning Center in Fredericksburg, VA, where she has been serving her community as a canine education specialist and dog behavior counselor for the past 16 years. Laurie holds a B.A. from Norwich University in Montpelier, VT, and was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Natural Sciences Department of Northern Virginia Community College for seven years. Laurie is a nationally published writer with works appearing in the APDT Chronicle of the Dog, The Whole Dog Journal, Dog & Handler, 911, Essence, Fitness, and Good Housekeeping magazines. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Dog Writer’s Association of America and is a therapy-dog evaluator for Pet Partners, a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and a licensed judge for the American Kennel Club.
Kiki Yablon is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy faculty member, and co-instructor for Susan Friedman’s BehaviorWorks, and holds a master’s degree in applied behavioral science.
Kiki came to clicker training in 2005 as the novice owner of an under-socialized adolescent shelter dog, Pigeon. She had the good fortune to live next door to a marine mammal trainer who introduced her to Karen Pryor’s work, which in turn led Kiki to her first mentor, fellow Expo presenter Laura Monaco Torelli. After briefly wandering in the unregulated training wilderness, Kiki attended and graduated from KPA. She then worked as Laura’s righthand woman for eight years before focusing on her own business, Kiki Yablon Dog Training. Some of Kiki’s training interests include excessive barking, proactive puppy raising, loose-leash walking, unusual problem behaviors, and “lazy” solutions that let a well-designed environment do most of the work.
In a previous career, Kiki was a magazine editor. She currently puts those skills to use writing about the application of behavior science to dog training on her well-trafficked blog. Kiki lives with her husband and now-17-year-old Pigeon in Chicago, Illinois.