Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT) is a leader in the field of animal training and a recognized world leader in the science and application of marker-based positive reinforcement, or what is often called "clicker training."
The company believes passionately in the power of the clicker training approach to enrich the lives of pet owners, animal professionals, and the animals they live with, work with, or study. Learn more about clicker training.
Our unique expertise is in bringing together two fields: the field of ethology (how animals behave in their natural environments) and the field of behavior (the scientific principles established about learning).
We use our expertise to:
- Build strong bonds between people and the animals in their lives.
Many people think of training as an end point. We don't. Our training technology is a means to the end of a strong bond between people and the animals in their care. In fact, the essence of clicker training is a system of communication that allows people and animals to get as close to talking as possible; some people say it is better than talking because it's so efficient!
- Help people attain specific goals that support having animals in their lives.
We help people accomplish a variety of important specific goals. For example, we have helped countless new dog owners raise great family dogs, we have helped animal behaviorists develop a tiger enrichment program, and we have helped search and rescue canine teams hone their training skills.
- Enrich the lives of the animals and the people who care for them and work with them.
We help people rethink what's possible, to formulate goals and achieve them. Clicker training enables people and animals to do more with and for each other. Our work with animal shelters is a good example. For instance, kennels at animal shelters are usually very noisy. We showed people how to transform a bark-filled, stressful kennel into a calm, quiet environment, reducing stress in the lives of both the animals and the shelter volunteers. Now others are teaching this skill at shelters across the country
- Help professional trainers and other animal professionals succeed.
We publish, produce, and help market the works and services of skilled animal professionals committed to the techniques of marker-based positive reinforcement.
We accomplish our mission through:
Promoting awareness, adoption, and the application of clicker training among pet owners and animal professionals.
Bringing to market innovative, quality products and services consistent with our mission.
Joining forces with excellent trainers, customers, and vendors whose own capabilities and mission complement ours. Learn more about partnering with us.
- Our website
Clickertraining.com is the most comprehensive source of information for all-positive training on the internet.
- Books and multimedia
We publish high-quality books and multimedia products that explain and apply clicker training. We also distribute, promote, and sell publications produced by others if they meet our standards.
We develop, manufacture, promote, and sell tools that make clicker training easier for people to understand and apply, and tools that enhance the experience and communication between animals and people. We also distribute, promote, and sell products produced by others if they meet our standards.
We provide education and training services for animal professionals and pet owners.
We look for and promote excellent trainers and teachers.
Clicker training is a worldwide movement involving new ways to communicate positively with pets and other animals. The growing global community of enthusiastic clicker trainers and practitioners is a major source of advice, tips, and inspiration for newcomers. Our company supports this community and the growing number of business partners and shelters that help to educate and spread the word about clicker training. Learn more about the Clicker Community.
The Karen Pryor Clicker Training line of training solutions—including training kits, videos, books, and clickers—have been specifically created by Karen Pryor and a talented group of trainers and writers to help spread the tools and techniques of clicker training for dogs, horses, cats, and other animals. Karen's years of in-field experience and scientific knowledge, combined with the insights and talent of experienced writers and trainers, result in our unique, science-based training solutions for pet owners and animal professionals. Explore our product line.
KPCT offers educational services to pet owners and animal professionals. Our signature conference series, ClickerExpo, draws dog enthusiasts and animal professionals from all over the world. KPCT also matches training organizations, breed clubs, and other facilities with qualified individual speakers. Learn about our events.
Karen Pryor is our CEO. A pioneer in ethology and behavior and the leading spokesperson for clicker training, Karen 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 developed modern, force-free animal training methods. Karen is the author of many scientific papers and monographs and seven books. Learn more about Karen Pryor.
Aaron Clayton is President of the company, overseeing all business operations. Aaron began working with Karen in early 2001 as an advisor and joined the company in 2002 on a fulltime basis. Prior to working with Karen Pryor Clicker Training, Aaron helped found a startup focusing on innovative human resource management technology and was a partner at a successful business management consulting firm in Boston. Aaron is a graduate of Brown University and the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. A native of Massachusetts, Aaron lives outside Boston with his family and Labrador retriever, Tucker.