About Us

Founded in 2001, Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT) is a leader in the field of animal training and a recognized world leader in the science and application of marker-based positive reinforcement, or what is often called “clicker training.”

The company believes passionately in the power of the clicker training approach to enrich the lives of pet owners, animal professionals, and the animals they live with, work with, or study.

About Ken Ramirez

Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps to oversee the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs for the organization.

A 35+-year veteran of animal care and training, Ken is a biologist and animal behaviorist who has overseen or consulted on training projects for many zoological organizations throughout the world.

He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has and continues to work with organizations training dogs for service work, search-and-rescue, bomb detection and narcotic detection. Ken has also maintained a close affiliation with pet training throughout his career.

Ken Ramirez in the classroom at The Ranch.

Previously, Ken served as EVP of Animal Care and Animal Training at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where he developed and supervised animal care and animal health programs, staff training and development, and public presentation programs for more than 32,000 animals. Ken worked at Shedd Aquarium for more than 25 years and continues as a consultant.

Ken also hosted two successful seasons of the television reality series, Talk to the Animals.

Ken has written for numerous scientific publications and authored countless popular articles. He authored the book ANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999.

Ken taught a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University for 20 years and has been active in several professional organizations, including as a past president of the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA). He is actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings.