BIPOC Speaker Series
We are committed to offering exceptional dog training resources to the community, and our free webinars help us simultaneously reach many people with the support they need. We have been lucky to have such amazing local and national speakers grace us with their wisdom, and continue to be humbled by the generosity of their time.
In 2022, we announced an addition to our webinar program: the BIPOC Speaker Series! This series focuses on highlighting voices that are often underrepresented in dog behavior, including voices of color. We strive to make dog training a more inclusive space, and representation among trainers (and students!) is incredibly important to us. We are so thrilled to hear more from amazing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) trainers and behavior experts!
Stay tuned for more of our Speakers throughout 2023, and check out our other free webinars, too!
Dog training is for everyone.
Andre Yeu (he/him) CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP is the founder of When Hounds Fly, based in Toronto, and Vancouver, Canada. Since 2010, over 14,000 dogs and their parents have taken classes with his team of talented instructors. He also teaches other professional trainers as a faculty member of the Karen Pryor Academy.
Still Body, Quiet Mouth, Clean Mechanics - Clean Clicker Training for Faster Results
Xenia Jones, IAABC-ADT, Separation Anxiety Certified pro (SAPro), Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI) and Fear Free Certified (she/her)
I'm a bilingual (English/Spanish) IAABC-ADT, Certified Control Unleashed Instructor, SA Pro and Fear Free Certified Dog Trainer. I'm also a Puppy Start Right Instructor. I started my career as a rescuer. I love to help dogs and the humans in their lives. I have a passion to strengthen the bond between humans and dogs. My teaching style is conversational.
Look, Ma, I Found a Squirrel!
Ravenn Bang VSA-CDT(online) (she/her)
My name is Ravenn Bang. I believe in responsible dog ownership through positive reinforcement based training and cooperative care. I run Please Pick Up Your Poop, LLC a small dog training company in Denver, CO. I also run the Pawsitive Events Newsletter, a newsletter dedicated to providing free learning resources to anyone who wants to learn more about dog training and animal behavior.
Words We Use in Dog Training
Ayoka Bubar, BA, CPDT-KA (she/they)
Ayoka believes that dog training should be fun for dogs and their humans and she likes to employ a number of positive reinforcement techniques to help handlers communicate more effectively with their dogs.
Introduction to Dog Sports
Sugako Sugar Sasaki
Sugako Sugar Sasaki (she/her) CPDT-KA, ADT-IAABC, FDM, FFCP, Certified AKC CGC and Tricks Evaluator has completed degrees in Canine Behavior Analysis and Animal Assisted Therapy. She then transitioned to working with autistic children under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts. After 5 years, Sugako returned to her love of dog behavior, providing in-person services in Washington State. She is currently completing certification as a service dog trainer through Atlas Assistance Dogs. Sugako specializes in shy and fearful dogs, leash reactivity, service dog training, cooperative care training. She enjoys providing canine enrichment with parkour training, as well as developing enrichment for senior and disabled dogs.
Canine Parkour Training
Janee Wise-Jansen (she/her) BS, MA, CPDT-KA
I live in Des Moines, IA and provide dog training and education services. I received my bachelors degree from Iowa State in Animal Science and then went on the receive my masters in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College in NYC. While in NYC I even had the great privilege of working with Karen Pryor! I have a passion for education and love to help dog guardians get to know their dogs better!
What The Fitness Industry Teaches Us About Dog Training
Alexandria Smith-Weiser & Sparrow Weiser
Alexandria Smith-Weiser (she/her) & Sparrow Weiser (he/him) Msc Animal Behavior WeiserWays is a Black and trans-owned business that treats the intersections of oppression as the root cause of many consultations and conversations. We saw shortcomings in the dog industry and decided to create our own space where people and dogs coexist on equitable levels and could collaborate towards a common goal. At WeiserWays we took the best ideas from psychology, positive reinforcement, and anti-oppressive training methodology to cultivate an experience that meets the human and dog where they are at.
WeiserWays to Communicate: Humans and dogs
Sarah Rodriguez KPA CTP (she/they) lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her two husky mixes, Ume and Jerry. Sarah is passionately dedicated to staying informed of new ideas and research in the training field.
Better Walks With Your Teenage Dog
Areona Carter, CCDT (she/her) Howdy! I'm Areona Carter, a recent graduate of Texas A&M University (Gig 'em)! I established Carter’s K-9 in 2019 during my senior year of high school. In 2021, I made the fantastic decision to enroll in CATCH Trainers Academy, where I earned my certification as a dog trainer. I'm proud to mention that I am also CGC certified and now serve as a mentor for CATCH. At home, I share my life with my wonderful spouse and our two spirited mixed-breed dogs, Indi and Joey! I'm thrilled to be a part of this seminar, and I'm looking forward to sharing valuable insights with all of you. (She/Her)
Barking Up the Right Tree: Holiday Tips for Dog Owners
Amanda Tong, MSc (she/her)
Amanda is the founder of The Animal Behaviour Academy, India and is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (MSc Univeristy of Lincoln, UK). She has worked with over 200 cats and 100 dogs and has been working in the animal behaviour space for over 7 years. She conducted India's first 'Cat Behaviour Webinar Series' in 2020 and 'Online Kitty Kindergarten'. She encourages curiosity and kindness in pet ownership. She recently switched over to specialise in cat behaviour and works actively with cat-related brands to give cats the voice they need.
It's a Dogs World But The Cats Are Catching Up...
*P.S.- we know there are lots of folks who identify with the term "BIPOC" and many who don't. Some prefer People of Color (and others don't). We know there's no perfect word or term that feels right to a huge group of individual humans! So you'll probably see us use a mix of terms in our site and social media, and we acknowledge that one or more of them might feel right for you (or might not). If there are terms that feel most comfortable for you, we'd love to hear more! firstname.lastname@example.org