Meet the Experts
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
– Sir Issac Newton
Below are some of the giants who took the torch and carried it into the 21st century whom Jay has been fortunate enough to learn from and train with... (Click on any photo to enlarge)
Robert F. Bailey
Bob Bailey even as a small child, had an interest
in science, and especially animals. His mother had
to contend with live rattlesnakes in the refrigerator
and rocket fuel in her kitchen. Studying fishes,
reptiles, and birds at UCLA in 1958 was Bob's first
exposure to behavior analysis and ethology. After
a stint in a biochemistry lab, and in the field as a
fish & game biologist, he became the US Navy's
first Director of Training.
Joining Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE) in
1965, Bob became Research Director, and then
General Manager. Over the years, Bob has
trained more than 140 species of animals, and
thousands of individuals, including many in a free
environment training using long range control
and guidance systems. Bob is also an inventor,
designer, writer, teacher, diver, photographer, and
Bob Bailey and his wife Marian conducted the famous Operant Conditioning and Behavior
Analysis Workshops at ABE using chickens as models, which became famous as the Chicken
Camp. They spent many years searching for a better behavioral model than chickens, but they
always came back to the common barnyard fowl.
Bob Bailey's philosophical point of view on teaching animal training is that training is a
mechanical skill and the understanding and skillful practicing of a few simple behavioral
principles are keys to trainer success.
Bob continues to teach and consult on animal and human behavior. Most of his teaching and
consulting is in Europe where he teaches using chickens as behavioral models, and consults
with various police and military organizations.
Dr. Ian Dunbar
Veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr. Ian Dunbar is currently Director of the Center for
Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California. Dr. Dunbar received his veterinary degree
and Special Honors degree in Physiology and Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College
(London University) and a doctorate in animal behavior and aggression in domestic dogs.
Dr. Dunbar is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the California Veterinary
Medical Association, the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary
Society of Animal Behavior, and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (which he founded). Dr.
Dunbar has written numerous books and hosted a dozen videos about puppy/dog behavior
Karen Pryor is a behavioral biologist with an
international reputation in two fields, marine
mammal biology and behavioral psychology.
Karen was a founder of Hawaii's Sea Life
Park, where her work with dolphins pioneered
modern, force-free animal training methods.
She is the author of Don't Shoot the Dog! The
New Art of Teaching and Training, a Bantam
bestseller on teaching behavior without
coercion, and of Nursing Your Baby, a classic
guide for mothers with sales of over 2 million
copies. She is also the author of several clickertraining
manuals and many scientific papers
and popular articles on learning and behavior.
Karen Pryor's newest book is Reaching The
Animal Mind: What The Clicker Training Method
and What It Teaches Us About All Animals,
Scribner and Simon & Schuster 2009.
Karen Pryor is a founder and leading proponent
of clicker training, a training system based on operant conditioning and the ali-positive
methods developed by marine mammal trainers. Clicker training is now in use world wide
with dogs, cats, horses, birds, animals in zoos. A related technology, TAGteaching (Teaching
with Acoustical Guidance) is used in the teaching of human skills, ranging from sports,
music, and language skills to education and special needs children.
Pryor's business background includes co-founding Sea Life Park, the Oceanic Institute,
and related commercial enterprises in Hawaii. She has consulted to industry, government
agencies, autism schools, and non-profit organizations from 1972 to the present. She is
founder and CEO of an information technology company, KPCT/Sunshine Books, Inc.,
and is active in publishing and product development, and the hosting of ClickerExpo,
a yearly series of conferences on operant training. Pryor and her company have also
developed an international trainer-teaching program, Karen Pryor Academy, with over 200
certified graduates in the US. Karen Pryor served as federal Commissioner, a presidential
appointment, on the Marine Mammal Commission, and presently sits on the boards of the
Pryor Foundation and the B.F. Skinner Foundation and the Advisory Board of the American
Terry Ryan is one of the most recognizable names in the dog training world. President of
Legacy Canine Behavior and Training, Terry
lectures and conducts workshops around
the world. She is a best-selling author whose Coaching People To Train Their Dogs is a
staple on dog trainers' book shelves. Terry's
programs for dog trainers, including the
famous Chicken Camps, are attended by
trainers from across the country as well as by
Terry and her staff teach community classes
including Puppy's Head Start, Pet Dog
Manners and several different continuing
education courses such as agility, freestyle,
scent work and training games. She also provides private consultation concerning
Lydia the Chicken
Training to discriminate between two pictures on a desk in a workshop that was held by Terry Ryan.
Terry Ryan has maintained membership and held various offices in local, national and
international organizations including past president and Life Member of the National
Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. She is a charter member of the Association of
Pet Dog Trainers, and serves on the behavior and training advisory board of the American
Terry was one of six chairpersons who wrote the national standards for humane dog training
funded by the American Humane Association published at Guidelines for Humane Dog
Training by the Delta Society.
Terry has written for several national dog magazines including the American Kennel Club
Gazette, Dog Fancy, Off Lead, and Clean Run Agility magazines. Her books and booklets
include: Puppy Primer, Leadership Education for Anyone with a Dog, Games People Play ...
To Train Their Dogs, Life Beyond Block Heeling, The Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem
Dog, The Bark Stops Here, Outwitting Dogs, Sounds Good CD series, Toolbox for Building a
Great Family Dog, and Textbook for instructors: Coaching People to Train Their Dogs.
Jean Donaldson is a native of
Montreal, Canada and a graduate of
McGill University with degrees in
Music and Comparative Psychology.
She has trained dogs since 1975, and,
in 1989, she founded the Montreal
Flyball Association and in 1990,
Renaissance Dog Training. Ever the
over-achiever, Jean participated
'" a variety of dog sports such as
Obedience, Tracking and Flyball.
In 1996, Jean decided to share her
more than 20 years of experience
and published her first book,
The Culture Clash, which has won
numerous awards, including The Dog
'Writer's Association of America's
Maxwell Award for the best training
and behavior book of the year.
Since its publication, The Culture
Gash has been the number one
recommendation for dog trainers of
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers
APDT). Jean's other books include
the multiple award-winning MINE! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Do~
Dog Aggression, and Oh Behave! Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker. She has also authored a
DVD on basic obedience called Perfect Paws in Five Days.
ln 1999, Jean founded The Academy for Dog Trainers at The San Francisco SPCA, which has
gained a reputation as the "Harvard for dog trainers." The Academy offers a six-week, full-time,
accelerated program for aspiring dog trainers.
Jean is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Evolutionary Biology. She lives with her Chow,
Buffy, adopted from The San Francisco SPCA, and is currently the only Chow registered with
the North American Flyball Association.
Dr. Gray Stafford
Dr. Grey Stafford is author of the pet
training book, Zoomility: Keeper Tales
of Training with Positive Reinforcement (foreword written by Jack Hanna).
Zoomility & Grey have been featured
on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
He has also appeared on national news
programs such as CNN's HLN Prime
News and Issues with JVM to provide
expert commentary on topics such as: the
importance of zoos, reinforcement-based
training, and wildlife behavior.
For more than 20 years, he has cared
for, trained and presented a variety of
birds, mammals, fish and reptiles. As
Director of Conservation for the Wildlife
World Zoo & Aquarium in Phoenix, he
actively promotes wildlife conservation
and positive reinforcement training through weekly televised segments in Arizona and
animal contributions to programs such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with
David Letterman, Larry King Live, Martha Stewart, Good Morning America, and more. Grey
particularly enjoys offering pet owners positive reinforcement-based solutions during his live
bimonthly viewer call-in TV segment on a KTVK.
Currently, he serves on the editorial advisory boards for the International Marine Animal
Trainers Association (lMATA) and the European Association of Aquatic Mammals (EAAM).
He is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and has served on
both the Animal Welfare and Public Relations Committees.
Joshua Leeds is a sound researcher,
music producer and educator.
He specializes in the field of
psychoacoustics-the study of the
effects of music and sound on the human
nervous system, and bioacoustics-how
human sound affects other living beings.
Publications include: The Power of
Sound (2010/2001, Through a Dog's
Ear, and Sonic Alchemy. Collaborating
with leaders in health, psychology,
and neurodevelopment, Joshua's 40+
application-specific soundtracks are
used in clinics and classrooms around
the world. He is the producer of the
clinically tested Through a Dog's Ear
CD series and his psychoacoustically
designed soundtracks are used in animal
care facilities worldwide. Used in animal
shelters, kennels and doghouses.
With a great interest in the cross-species effect of music and sound, Joshua's
psychoacoustics techniques were clinically tested with 150 dogs in 2004-2005. Research is
currently taking place at Tufts University (canines) and the University of Colorado (felines).
Residing in Ashland, Oregon, Joshua presents seminars internationally to music, healthcare,
and education professionals.
Nicole Wilde and Grisha Stewart
Nicole Wilde is a Certified Professional Dog
Trainer who specializes in behavior issues.
She is the recipient of the Association of Pet
Dog Trainers' prestigious Ian Dunbar Member
of the Year Award for 2006, and a popular
speaker at the organization's conferences.
Nicole is also on the advisory board for the
Companion Animal Sciences Institute, the
educational branch of the International Institute
for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.
Nicole is an internationally recognized author
and lecturer. Her nine books include So You
Want to be a Dog Trainer, Help for Your Fearful
Dog, and Don't Leave Me. Nicole presents
seminars both domestically and internationally
for conferences, training clubs, shelters, and
other groups. She writes training and behavior
articles for various publications including an ongoing training column for Modern Dog
Magazine, is a regular contributor to various blog sites, and co-stars in the DVD "Train Your
Dog: The Positive Gentle Method."
Nicole has always had a special place in her heart for dogs in need. She was Volunteer
Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles' Animal Services, and Executive Director for
Villalobos Rescue Center, a sanctuary for rescued wolves and wolfdogs, pit bulls, and exotic
Nicole has been a professional gymnast, competitive bodybuilder, driven motorcycles,
played bass guitar in rock bands, and lived with wolves for over ten years. She continues to
write, educate, and teach owners to train their dogs.
Grisha Stewart specializes in dog aggression
in Seattle. Her six-trainer facility, Ahimsa Dog
Training, has a range of classes, including Growly
Dog and over a dozen weekly puppy classes,
and has been voted Best of Western Washington.
"Ahimsa" is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to
all living things, which reflects Grisha's focus on
force-free methods to promote the well-being of
dogs and their humans.
Grisha has a Master's in Mathematics from Bryn
Mawr College and is now pursuing a Master's in
psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior,
while still running her business and providing
private consults for aggression cases. Her first career as a theoretical mathematician serves her
Nell in dog training and behavior consultations, because she relies heavily on the problem
solving and critical thinking skills she gained in that field. She has always been an educator,
but since founding Ahimsa Dog Training she has found her canine and human students to be
much more excited about learning than her college students!
Animal behavior, particularly dogs, fascinate Grisha and she is a big fan of continuous
process improvement. This led her to develop Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), an
operant counter-conditioning method for problem behaviors, with protocols for fear and
Teoti Anderson, Certified Pet Dog Trainer
and owner of Pawsitive Results, LLC in
Lexington, South Carolina, has been a
professional dog trainer for more than 15
years. Teoti is the author of Your Outta
Control Puppy, Super Simple Guide to
Housetraining, Puppy Care and Training,
and Quick and Easy Crate Training,
winner of the Dog Writers Association of
America's Maxwell Medallion. She is a
contributing author to Christmas Dogs: A
Literary Companion and The Dog Trainer's
Resource: An APDT Chronicle of the
Dog Collection (1 and 2). She is also a
columnist for Modern Dog magazine.
Teoti served on the Board of Directors of
the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) for six years, serving as President from
2004-2006. She's been quoted in Dog Fancy magazine, The New York Times, Whole Dog
Journal, Puppies USA, and other national publications. She is a frequent public speaker
at conferences, and civic and humane organization meetings across the country, sharing
information on training, dog behavior, bite prevention, and volunteering with animals in
healthcare facilities. Teoti is also a founding member of the Carolinas Trainers Forum, a
networking group of dog trainers in North and South Carolina.
A licensed Delta Society Pet Partner for more than a decade, Teoti visits health care patients
with Logan, her Labrador Retriever, and Finian, her Papillon. The Delta Society trains and
registers human-animal teams across the nation in animal assisted therapy (AAT) and
animal assisted activities (AM), teaching them to safely and effectively work with patients
in a variety of facilities. In 2000, she earned the national Delta Society Beyond Limits Animal
Therapy Team of the Year award with her team of Cody, a three-legged Labrador Retriever,
and tabby cat Sebastian. Teoti also serves as a Delta Society Instructor and Evaluator,
teaching others how to volunteer with their pets and screening teams for the program.
Teoti is the founding member of Prescription Paws, a Delta Society® Pet Partner® affiliate
group. She assists local and national dog rescue groups with behavioral and training
Suzanne Clothier is
a professional trainer
who teaches seminars
internationally on a
wide variety of topics,
ranging from behavior,
to gait analysis, to
Her work is known
Centered Training, a
humane and holistic
approach to the dog/
She is an awardwinning
books, videos and articles, many of which have been reprinted worldwide. Her book Bones
Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs was twice voted a Top
Dog book by the Wall Street Journal.
Since 2007, she has been working as a consultant to one of the largest guide dog
organizations, helping them create a puppy rearing program based on Relationship Centered
Training. A long-time breeder of German Shepherds, Clothier lives on a working farm in
upstate New York with husband John Rice, a pack of German Shepherds, a Chow/Lab cross,
a herd of Scottish Highland cattle, six equines and many other furred, scaled, and feathered