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Back to School: Clicking at Karen Pryor Academy

Editor's note: Canadian dog trainer Andrew Turner was among the first to graduate as a Certified Training Partner from Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), an innovative dog training school that provides superlative learning through online coursework and onsite sessions at locations across the country. Andrew studied with KPA faculty member Emma Parsons in Franklin, Massachusetts. We spoke to Andrew about his KPA experience, and why it matters.

Clicking in Scandinavia: Norwegian Champions

Morten Egtvedt and Cecilie Køste, two of the newest ClickerExpo faculty members, are a married training team from Norway. The pair were early adopters of clicker training and are Scandinavia's leading authors on this technology. Morten and Cecilie have been top European competitors in obedience, tracking, and agility. Their clicker training school focuses on using clicker training to win in competition; teachers and students from their school are not just top clicker trainers, but also top-notch competitors in European dog-related sports. Morten and Cecilie edit and publish a full-color magazine on dog training, and publish and sell Don't Shoot the Dog, as well as many other clicker titles in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, and Finnish. Recently we spoke with Morten and Cecilie about their background and success.

Clicker Training: The Fad that Became a Technology

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Michele Pouliot: Dancing on Air

Michele Pouliot has trained dogs for more than three decades. Since first joining Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1974, she contributed to the organization in many different ways, and today is the director of research and development. Michele is also a champion in canine musical freestyle and participates in equestrian combined driving events. This year, we're proud to welcome Michele to the ClickerExpo faculty. We recently spoke to Michele about her breadth of experience and success.

Want to Be a Clicker Trainer? Join the FBI

I had the good fortune of growing up on a 500-acre farm in Greenwood, a small town in western New York State. That's where it all started. It was a modest, old-fashioned dairy farm and all the milking was done by hand, twice a day. Besides the milk cows we had beef cattle, a few horses, up to 140 pigs, turkeys, 30,000 chickens, a herd of cats, and a pack of dogs. I loved it. I wanted to become a vet.