Why hire a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
(KPA-CTP)?

When you hire a KPA-CTP , you can be assured you have hired a professional who has elected to undertake the most rigorous training program available, and who is committed to using humane, science-based training techniques.

Shelly Wood, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)​

My Mission

My mission is to help you and your dog have as much fun together as possible.  I understand how stressful it can be to have a dog who doesn’t behave the way we want them to at home or around other people or dogs and I also know how rewarding it is to have the company of a dog who understands what’s expected of her and is eager to meet those expectations. Our lives are enriched by the company of well behaved, well-adjusted dogs and the more things our dogs can do with us, the more enriched their lives are too. With a little bit of training, I think you’ll be surprised how much fun everyday life with your dog can be!

My Qualifications as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)

The Karen Pryor Academy is a world renowned professional dog training program committed to ensuring graduates have exceptional knowledge and skills in using science and behavior based teaching and training methods to make training fun and effective for people and their dogs. To maintain recognition as a KPA-CTP, graduates must commit to participating in programs for quality assurance and continuing education. This standard is particularly important in an unregulated industry like dog training which does not require trainers achieve any level of education or skills assessment before working with dogs and their people. Lucky for me, I absolutely love learning about animal behavior so it is no problem for me to meet the continuing education requirement to keep my KPA-CTP current!

My Methods

I am committed to using the most up to date, humane training techniques to teach you and your dog so that you can better enjoy your lives together. That means you can expect training sessions to focus on teaching your dog what you would like them to do and reinforcing those desired behaviors rather than focusing on teaching them what not to do. Often times, just teaching your dog a few really solid behaviors that have been heavily reinforced can help you when your dog is doing something you don’t want them to do.