Karen Pryor Academy

Karen Pryor is the founder of using clickers as tools for positive reinforcement based training. Her Academy is an extensive program for teaching reinforcement training methods to trainers. 

Main Website

Animal Behavior Training Concepts

Main Website  815-353-0014

Laura Monaco Torelli:  Laura is certified by and faculty for the Karen Pryor Academy.  She is a staff member of Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants and is located in Chicago, IL. 


  • KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner)
  • CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)
  • OSCT (Operation Socialization Certified Trainer-Puppy Program)

Kiki Yablon: Kiki is certified by the Karen Pryor Academy.  She is located in Chicago, IL. 


  • KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner) 
  • CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)

Terri Tepper

Terri Tepper is certified by the Karen Pryor Academy. She is located in Barrington, IL.

The Cultivated Canine 847-567-2118 

Patricia Rattray

Patricia Rattray is a trainer certified through Purdue University. Pat is also an assistant with Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants.  She trains in the Oswego/Naperville/Aurora, IL area. 


Narnia Pet Behavior and Training

Plainfield, IL

Main Website 630-904-0895

Terri Klimek

Terri Klimek trains in the Near and Far Western Chicago Suburbs, and Northern Chicago Suburbs

Training Tails with Terri "Helping Humans and Canines Live Peacefully" 708-337-4855; trainingtails@gmail.com

Steve Frost

Steve is a professional trainer and educator, teaching others how to apply force-free training techniques to effectively modify behavior. He is responsible for developing and implementing a positive, reinforcement-based behavior department at Anderson Animal Shelter.

  • Animal Enrichment and Behavior Manager for Anderson Animal Shelter, South Elgin. 
  • Certified KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner)
  • Shelter Behavior Affiliate (SBA) status from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
  • Member International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
  • Member Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Behavioral Trainer and Educator (A Sound Beginning Program)

Firmly believing in continued education, he has traveled across the country working with a variety of species ranging from whales to pinnipeds, raptors, deer, and many others.

He has worked with over 10,000 cases regarding behavior, assessing an animal’s behavioral issues, while both training and creating a plan to stay with that animal to be implemented by shelter staff and foster groups. 

Steve has taught low-stress handling and behavior modification to veterinary technician students at the college level as well as private veterinary practices and shelters.  

His work with families in a 1-1 home setting is the key to preventing problems from getting worse while giving valuable coaching and training support to keep them together safe and sound. 

Steve Frost, KPA CTP, SBA
Animal Enrichment and Behavior Manager
Anderson Animal Shelter
1000 S. La Fox St. Elgin, IL 60177

A Sound Beginning Program:

A unique training program that any dog/handler team can benefit from; created to

help build a positive relationship, gain trust and set your dog up for success.

It is based on positive and humane science with support from qualified trainers.

WEBSITE: http://www.asoundbeginningprogram.com/

PHONE:  630-776-8197



              Charmaine Anthony, CPDT-KA, CBATI

              Blue Line Dog Training

                  Website: http://www.bluelinedogtraining.com/

                  Phone: 708.491.9371