Join Ken Ramirez, KPCT’s Chief Training Officer, for a free virtual event on Thursday, September 1, at 12:00 pm (PT) with special guests Teoti Anderson and Clarissa Black. The episode will include real-time training demos, audience Q&A, and more!
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Teoti Anderson is the vice president of A Dog’s Best Friend, located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A professional dog trainer for more than 27 years, she is the author of The Dog Behavior Problem Solver, DogFancy Ultimate Guide to Dog Training, Animal Planet Dogs 101 Dog Training, Puppy Care and Training, The Super Simple Guide to Housetraining, and more.
She also writes for Modern Dog and Happy Paws magazines, the Fear Free Happy Homes Blog, and has been interviewed in Southern Living, New York Times, DogFancy, Puppies USA, Whole Dog Journal, and other national publications. A popular conference speaker, she has given presentations to pet owners, humane organizations, and fellow trainers across the United States and internationally. Teoti has extensive education and experience in working with a variety of canine issues, including serious cases of fear and aggression.
Teoti served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) for six years, serving as President for three years. She serves as a consultant on canine training and behavior for local and national dog rescue groups. She has been involved with pet therapy as a volunteer, evaluator, and instructor for more than 25 years, serving with two Labrador Retrievers, a Papillon, and one special cat.
Clarissa Black created Pets for Vets, Inc. in 2009 as a way to say thank you to our nation’s heroes. The organization brings together two of her greatest passions – helping Veterans and saving animal lives.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and a Masters in Anthrozoology from Canisius College, Clarissa has always been fascinated by animal behavior and the power of the human-animal bond. She began her career by working with elephants and dolphins, where she learned advanced animal training principles and applied them to husbandry, veterinary, research, and program training.
Clarissa eventually shifted her focus to professional dog training, where she was able to apply many of these same lessons and training principles to man’s (and woman’s) best friend. During this time, she developed personalized training and behavior plans that helped set both the owner and the dog up for success using positive reinforcement techniques.
While consulting on therapy dog work in the company of America’s Veterans and wounded soldiers, she saw firsthand how important animals can be in recovery. She watched their positive reaction to her own dog, Bear – smiling and joking that they wanted to take him home with them. After witnessing the powerful role dogs played in the recovery of these troops, the idea of Pets for Vets was born. If one hour a week with Bear made such a difference, how much more of an impact could a Veteran’s own pet make? By pairing Veterans with shelter animals, it was clear they would each receive the second chance they deserved.
A 40+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ken is a biologist and behaviorist who has supervised the development care and training of more than 40,000 species. He has worked with organizations across the globe to improve animal training, program effectiveness, and animal health and welfare. Ken’s diverse body of contributions includes designing and implementing conservation projects for elephant protection and spearheading projects to train everything from komodo dragons to butterflies. Ken’s extensive canine work includes working with trainers, organizations, and federal and state agencies on training procedures for topics including aggression, search-and-rescue, and scent detection.
Ken has written/edited two successful books, taught at a major university, hosted two successful seasons of the television series Talk to the Animals, and was EVP of animal care and training at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. When he’s not doing cool stuff with animals and people, you might find Ken at a NY theater or at any movie screening.