Why hire a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

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 more fun together every day to improve their lives, and yours. I understand how stressful it can be to live with a dog who doesn’t behave the way we would like 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 and is eager to meet those expectations. Our lives are enriched by the company of well behaved, well-adjusted dogs and the more we know and understand the individual dogs in our lives, the better equipped we are to make sure their lives are enriched too. With a little bit of planning and 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 and I follow the Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach when working with dogs and their humans. That means you can expect training sessions to focus on setting the environment up to meet the needs of the dogs and humans in the home and teaching your dog what you would like them to do and reinforcing those desired behaviors. Often times, spending a little 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.

Animal Training Academy Making Ripples Podcast Show

It is my absolute honor and privilege to host the Animal Training Academy Making Ripples podcast show. This show highlights the skilled animal trainers who make up the Animal Training Academy membership and the ripples they are spreading throughout the world. Whether you are an animal trainer, or simply someone who loves animals and learning from them, you will enjoy learning from the amazing guests on this show. You can listen to the episodes here or anywhere you listen to podcasts!


I am thrilled to be instructing online courses through Tremolo’s online learning platform!  You can read more about me, my courses, and Tromplo here.