Reviews of ClickerExpo


"When was the last time three days changed YOUR life?! Amazing. I will be back.” - Attendee

2018


“I love ClickerExpo and I try my best to attend every year. I leave rejuvenated, refreshed, and excited to get back home and get to work—tweaking my training plans after bringing home new information. I always learn something new, even after attending my 5th Expo. I never go home unsatisfied.”
“The teachers gave me invaluable solutions for my dog training practice— solutions that would be beneficial for any trainer. There was such a wide range of topics; whether you are a young or more mature trainer, there is a great opportunity for learning.”
“There really is nothing like ClickerExpo. It is such a beautiful, positive, thoughtful, kind place to learn and grow. I always leave inspired.”
“Before ClickerExpo, I had attempted to train a few animals but my confidence was very low. I felt confused and untrained myself! ClickerExpo was exactly what I needed. Three days of immersive, intelligent discussion with experts and peers. Reading concepts on paper is one thing, but hearing experts explain the concept in a way that really hits home? Completely priceless. I relished the ability to ask questions and try out mechanics in a safe space to ’try before you buy’ with a multitude of tools. I learned more than I ever expected. Beyond that, I fell completely in love with the study of animal behavior. I found a supportive and enthusiastic community that feels like home. When was the last time three days changed YOUR life?! Amazing. I will be back.”

"So impressed with the breadth of knowledge and the varying levels of seminars offered. Everything from fun and fairly simple concepts to complex, academic lectures and Labs. I only wish I could have attended more of them! Some of the time blocks had multiple Sessions that I wanted to attend. It was hard to choose!"

"Truly, every speaker I was able to hear and every presentation I attended held a lot of value. The biggest advantage I get from ClickerExpo, though, is the renewal of interest and commitment to learning. I find myself a bit stagnant right about the end of the year, so Expo is a fantastic way to revive my love of training."

"Really blown away by the wide variety of topics and the accessibility and openness of the trainers. It was an open forum, not 'this is our way and it's the only way.' [Expo] was an exchange of ideas and [it] opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of all that can be accomplished."

"I loved the experience! The lectures and Labs were so informative, and everyone was so welcoming."

"Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The energy was palpable as soon as you hit registration!"

"The best 3 days I spend all year. Such amazing talks, amazing faculty, amazing access to faculty for questions and conversations. A well-planned and well-staffed event."

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Amazing experience! Such talented, knowledgeable speakers who were able to share their information so eloquently. I was able to geek out by delving deeper into topics I am well versed in and also was able to take on new concepts in formats that made the information incredibly accessible.
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"So impressed with the breadth of knowledge and the varying levels of seminars offered. Everything from fun and fairly simple concepts to complex, academic lectures and Labs. I only wish I could have attended more of them! Some of the time blocks had multiple Sessions that I wanted to attend. It was hard to choose!"

"Truly, every speaker I was able to hear and every presentation I attended held a lot of value. The biggest advantage I get from ClickerExpo, though, is the renewal of interest and commitment to learning. I find myself a bit stagnant right about the end of the year, so Expo is a fantastic way to revive my love of training."

"Really blown away by the wide variety of topics and the accessibility and openness of the trainers. It was an open forum, not 'this is our way and it's the only way.' [Expo] was an exchange of ideas and [it] opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of all that can be accomplished."

"I loved the experience! The lectures and Labs were so informative, and everyone was so welcoming."

"Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The energy was palpable as soon as you hit registration!"

"The best 3 days I spend all year. Such amazing talks, amazing faculty, amazing access to faculty for questions and conversations. A well-planned and well-staffed event."

2017


"Very applicable, and inspiring. I learned new ideas and had my understanding of old ideas revolutionized. I feel like the content is cutting edge and pushing the boundaries of training. The community is loving and supportive... I came away energized!"
"When it comes to dog training conferences, it's the best one. The caliber of speakers alone is reason enough, but I especially appreciate the overall non-judgemental attitude the staff takes towards trainers who may not be fully crossed over or involved in clicker training yet."
"Inspiring, validating, well-organized, comprehensive, and a great balance of topics, levels, sessions and labs."
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What I learn is invaluable, as are the experiences I have with other conference goers and the presenters. Just being in that environment felt healing and inspiring.
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"Regardless of level of knowledge and experience, there is always something new to learn. Even taking fundamental level classes can encourage a person to reconsider how and why training is done a certain way. I came away excited to try new techniques and understanding new ways to train cleaner and more effective."

"I am new to clicker training as well as this community, and WOW. I am blown away, I feel apart of something truly spectacular and after this weekend I just want to run with the wind."

"Love learning new things and reviewing concepts I am already using or am aware of. Great networking with other like minded individuals. I leave feeling more confident in my own skills as well as being challenged to improve my skills as a trainer."

2016


“Expo has amazing information for everyone, whether they are an everyday pet owner, a trainer trying to cross over to more up-to-date methods, or a die-hard clicker trainer or behavior specialist who wants to continue learning (because there is always something new to learn!).”
“Sessions had such a wide range—from basic to advanced. There is something for everyone. The environment (people energy) was also the nicest I have been in for a conference.”
“ClickerExpo was amazing! What a great group of people! I’m left overwhelmed and will be integrating all the new information. Thank you!”

“I would recommend ClickerExpo to anyone interested in learning about clicker training or expanding his or her knowledge about animal behavior. Not only are the speakers brilliant, but the attendees are so welcoming and really make you feel like you are part of a great community.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get a crash-course in science-based positive training. It’s also a great opportunity for advanced trainers to be reminded of what it was like when certain concepts weren’t obvious to us. I feel rejuvenated as a trainer, and can’t wait to get home to my animals and clients to apply what I learned.”

“This is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the business in their particular field of expertise. It is also a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones.”

“I value ClickerExpo for the quality of information, the atmosphere, and the energy. I think anyone who works with animals can benefit from it. I recommend Expo to all of my trainer friends and serious clients. I brought a newbie with me this year and she loved it!”

“The camaraderie was breathtaking. I never spent more than 5 minutes alone because new people would approach me and talk with me. I met so many wonderful people, and gained many new friends. ClickerExpo really emphasized that we can all learn something from each other."

“The quality and quantity of information presented in one place is unbeatable. You can’t help but become a better animal trainer.”

“The educational process and the gathering of some of the most amazing trainers in the country make Expo worth attending, of course, but the community of like-minded people is rejuvenating and encouraging. When we are isolated by the small number of R+ trainers in different areas of the country, it can be difficult to find the positive and not feel discouraged. ClickerExpo is like a shot of courage to carry on, continue with the message. It makes it feel like there is a growing community that can support one another.”

2015


".. a lovely, warm, supportive atmosphere where everyone was very respectful of one another's space and dogs, and there were lots of folks willing to help you when you needed it. So just that overall experience of being able to bring my dog and enjoy interacting with her in such a supportive, safe environment with like-minded folks was really the clincher for me."

"The speakers are brilliant, dynamic and keep me engaged and wanting more. I also love the camaraderie, being around so many like-minded people. And this year I caught up with friends I haven't seen in three years. An all around warm-hearted weekend."

"This was an extremely well run event with exceptional speakers and topics and an atmosphere of sharing and creativity that is unrivaled with any other professional conference I have been. I definitely plan to get back out as often as I can."

"Amazing organization! Everything was where it was, when it was supposed to be. Juggling so many simultaneous events is no small task, and yet you made it look easy - and with smiles! The one little snafu encountered (not getting both meal tickets for myself and my roommate) was handled with aplomb and a cooperative spirit. I had no doubts that it would be resolved, and it was."

"LOVE it. It keeps me motivated and gives me new insight to the research that is happening now and in the future. It is rewarding to see the techniques that are used by so many of the talented presenters work with anyone who tries it."

"I did not think I would like Clicker Training at all. I had tried using a clicker a few times, and it was awful, (my fault entirely) :). I learned so much and have changed my mind, now I am home practicing."

2014


"I absolutely loved the choice of speakers. When there are hard choices to make over which session or lab to attend, you know it's a good conference. I thought the location was superb!"

"It is a really great way to learn more and practice what I learn. I always enjoy meeting other trainers and seeing all the different dogs."

"Amazing! Everybody is so friendly and open-minded, all the sessions were just perfect and so practically orient! And the overall atmosphere is gorgeous!"

2013


"ClickerExpo was AMAZING! It was so fun being around so many positive people at once. I learned more than my brain could handle in one weekend and was so excited to get home and put everything I learned into practice. Everything flowed smoothly, meals were great, staff was very friendly and helpful, just all around awesome!"

"This is my third expo and I'm also a KPA-CTP. You would think I've seen it all by now. Not so! I give Stamford a Wow! precisely because there was new information, new concepts -- all expertly delivered, of course. Also a Wow! because the staff, volunteers and the sponsors all continued to be knowledgeable and helpful. What a group!"

"I really enjoyed ClickerExpo. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore interesting topics, hear wonderful presenters, and meet many people that I had only encountered "virtually" up until now."

"Now that I have a better understanding of ClickerExpo and have gotten much better at my use of the clicker and concepts, I really got alot out of this Expo. The trainers were wonderful and the hotel staff was great too. Really great experience at this one."

"The program seemed really together this year, and people asked really good questions. Everyone was friendly and seemed exceptionally outgoing."

"WOW All of the sessions I attended were great! There was too much to choose from and would have liked to be able to clone myself."

2012


"I am a person who really likes theory: I want to know WHY something works rather than just learning techniques by rote. I know that if I understand the learning theory principles, I'll be able to solve problems independently in unique ways suited to the particular situation. So, Clicker Expo was great for me!"

"Wish it was longer so I could sample each of the speakers at least once (and my favorites more than once!) Wish my brain could hold onto more information! Wish I could spend a month studying with each speaker! (When I win the lottery, I'll spend a year traveling to attend each speaker's seminars/training!)"

"I felt there was an atmosphere of openness and inclusion that was stronger than in previous expos I have attended - perhaps reflecting a maturing in philosophy, organizational growth, listening to the membership, etc. That was inspiring!"

2011


"The caliber of the presenters and even the attendees is clearly the best in the world! I also LOVED bringing my dog TD. TD got so many compliments on his cute looks...it made dad's head so big! The dogs at the event are a real high point. I was also impressed at how nice and affordable the hotel was."

"ClickerExpo was everything that my friend, who encouraged me to attend, said that it was and more. Wonderful experience, especially for my first expo. Excellent group of attendees, including the dogs, who wanted to increase their knowledge and network with other people who believe in positive training for animals (nice positive vibe all weekend!)."

" ...I was very impressed and wanted to take time to let you know why. It was a real growing experience in an atmosphere that made it possible to absorb some very useful and meaningful information. The ideas presented will benefit both me and my dog in ways I can't even imagine!"

"I was impressed with the learning sessions. The speakers/teachers I heard were expert professionals with good examples/videos to illustrate the information. The 2 lab sessions I attended with my dog were well organized and I had a chance to practice the timing of my clicks and some training techniques: luring, shaping. The instructor in my lab was kind and supportive but I was somewhat overwhelmed because I am a novice. The lab I attended w/o my dog was also helpful because I was able to observe some techniques on delivering effective cues in training."

"Staff was well prepared, everything seemed to flow seamlessly. The tech support was awesome - there were only a couple of tiny glitches and those were handled immediately. The hotel layout was easy to navigate and the pet area was lovely. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful."

2010


"It's a bargain. Where else can you listen to a dozen different trainers? Ordinarily I'd easily pay more than $20-30 for a listening/audit seat for one trainer -- and you bring all of them to the same place and give me choices of 3 talks + 2 labs several times a day for 3 days. Awesome deal!"

"The best qualified trainers, great information, great people, a lot of talent and knowledge in one place!"

"ClickerExpo is a one of a kind event that all trainers & enthusiasts should attend at least once."

2009


"I was thrilled! Click and Jackpot to YOU!! Honestly, I came away with so much insight. The presenters were friendly and generous. The attendees were really balanced, wonderful people who seemed to always be ready to share creative solutions, be helpful if someone needed a hand and I never sensed a condescending air when a more experienced trainer was assisting a beginner. As I drove home, I was trying to determine why this experience was delightfully different than other conferences I have attended. And then it dawned on me...not only was I enjoying myself, I hadn't heard ANY complaints from others...no griping, human barking, nobody muttering negativity under their breath! Bravo to Karen, Aaron and all of the production team responsible for putting together this Clicker Expo....a tremendous success!"

2008


"It's amazing to have so many expert trainers in the top of their respective areas in one conference AND it's wonderful that the integration together is so seamless (many lectures mentioned/referenced other lectures and faculty). I only wish I could've been in two places at one time to see more sessions! Also, it was great that all of the faculty were so open to questions even outside of the sessions—such a great 'dream team' of friendly trainers!"