A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled ‘6 Women Kicking Ass in the Dog World‘. It became hugely popular and I was inundated with your own suggestions as well as requests to do a follow-up article. Here is that article. I trawled through the comments and have made a list of the women most frequently suggested by you.
1) Emily Larlham
Emily is most well known for her Youtube channel ‘Kikopup’ which has over 200 dog training video tutorials. She has conducted Progressive Reinforcement Training seminars in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Emily has also released multiple DVD’s including Kikopup’s Guide to Clicker Training: For Beginners & Professionals (Amazon US) and Harnessing the Hunter: Building Your Relationship & Reliability with a Hunting Dog.
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2) Karen Pryor
Karen Pryor has been one of they key figures in pioneering and popularising ‘positive dog training’. Karen’s book Don’t Shoot The Dog (Amazon US) is one of the most referred to books in the industry. It was a key book in my professional development and led me to ‘crossover’ to positive training (more of my story in the About Nick section).
In a career spanning over 40 years she’s worked with many animals but Karen is most well-known for her work with Dolphins as well as dogs. Her most recent book On My Mind: Reflections on Animal Behavior and Learning (Amazon US) gives us an insight into her career and the way she works with animals.
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3) Jean Donaldson
Jean Donaldson is the author of several dog training books; the most well known being The Culture Clash (Amazon US). This book caused a reaction similar to Karen Pryor’s in that it has made a huge impact on the world of dog training. In The Culture Clash Jean explains dog training in a way that is relatable and understandable to people of all levels of experience.
She is also responsible for the education of numerous dog trainers through her Academy For Dog Trainers which she runs as a two year e-learning course
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4) Denise Fenzi
Denise Fenzi is an Author, Blogger and Professional Dog trainer that is well known for her work in the world of dog sports. Through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy she has helped to transform the world of dog sports from having a reputation for harsh handling to becoming consistently more positive year on year.
Denise has written several books including Beyond the Back Yard: Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere! (Amazon US) and a series of Dog Sports books starting with Dog Sports Skills: Developing Engagement and Relationship (Amazon US).
Where you can find Denise:
Fenzi Sports Academy Website: http://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/
5) Leslie McDevitt
Leslie McDevitt is known for her ‘Control Unleashed’ program for “dogs with issues”. The program helps dogs to be calm, focus and work reliably off-lead in stimulating or stressful situations. She published the course as a book in 2007 under the title Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog (Amazon US).
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6) Sophia Yin
Sophia Yin aided in getting the veterinary profession to adopt ‘Low Stress Handling’ techniques and produced books and DVD’s on the topic aimed at veterinary hospitals and other businesses. She also wrote How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves (Amazon US) in an effort to communicate the science of dog training and how to use it to solve behavioural problems.
Sophia along with Lili Chin also put together a hugely popular range of posters on dog body language that could be purchased and used to educate clients. Unfortunately Sophia Yin died in 2014 but she continues to live on through her work. The fact she was so heavily mentioned in responses to the first article is a testament to that.
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7) Kathy Sdao
Like many great trainers Kathy began working with marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. She even worked for the U.S Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Kathy has been an animal trainer for 30 years, consulted for Guide Dogs for the Blind, written for the Seattle Times and even featured on Bill Nye’s The Science Guy – pretty impressive!
Kathy has taught in seminars and workshops internationally and has a published book titled Plenty in Life is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace (Amazon US).
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