Kay Laurence


Alexandra Kurland


Ken Ramirez


Your Good Company for the Cruise

Kay Laurence runs a training and education business, Learning About Dogs Ltd, located in the United Kingdom, in the Cotswolds.  In addition to her own training facility Kay runs online courses, has published a range of training books translated into German, French, and Spanish and travels around the world teaching a wide range of training skills for all types of dogs and activities. 

Living intimately with many dogs over many years, observing their daily interactions, puppy-rearing, and activities, Kay has learned to view our world through their eyes. Dogs demonstrate the art of living skilfully and as a harmonious and connected group. With her passion for understanding dogs and her experience in teaching Kay leads the way developing practical techniques that leave owners with a great sense of personal achievement and connection to their dogs.

Kay has successfully competed in many activities and sports with her dogs and enjoys exploring new ventures, designing new courses where the human-dog partnerships flourish.

Kay is the organising energy behind the Five Go To Sea cruises, and is a regular international presenter at the  ClickerExpos, the ORCA "Wicked Minds" Conference at the University of North Texas,  IMDT, and Australia APDT.

Learn more about Kay at her website.

Alexandra Kurland began her instructional career as a dressage rider and teacher and as an accredited TTouch Practitioner. In 1998 she launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her first book,  Clicker Training for Your Horse. Alexandra teaches clicker training geared to any horse need or sport including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and reforming difficult and unmanageable horses. She travels widely, giving clicker training seminars in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. Several years ago, Alexandra trained a miniature horse,  Panda, to serve as the guide animal for a blind owner. 

A graduate of Cornell University, Alexandra has written  The Click That Teaches: A Step- By-Step Guide in Pictures, and  The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker. She has also produced  The Click That Teaches  DVD lesson series and is presently at work on new books and videos.

Learn more about Alexandra at her  website.

A 40+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist.  Since 2005, Ken has brought his experience as a trainer of many cognitive projects with marine mammals and primates to the dog arena.  Most notable has been his work with modifier cues, adduction, matching to sample, mimicry, and counting. 

Ken has been active in several professional organizations, including the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA), of which he is a past president.  Ken has been actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings.  He has been on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2005.

In October 2014, Ken Ramirez began his role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps oversee the vision, development and implementation of training education programs for the organization. This role aligns with Ken's philosophy of helping to bring positive reinforcement training to all corners of the animal training world. 

Ken previously served as the Executive Vice-President 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 as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection of more than 32,000 animals. He worked at Shedd for nearly 26 years. 

Ramirez 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. He also teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University. 

Learn more about Ken at his  website.

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