Welcome to Cyber Dog and Meet the Trainers!
The Cyber Dog Course was develeoped by and is now being taught by Helix Fairweather and Sarah Owings. We are Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners which means we have been assessed and certified as excellent clicker training teachers and trainers.
Helix Fairweather KPA CTP has been training with clicker training since 1996 and is truly committed to this way of communicating with dogs. She offers group classes and private consultations, all with the goal of helping people and their dogs learn live together and have fun. Her goal -- force-free training becoming the social norm.
A contributing author for Clean Run magazine and The Clicker Journal, Helix is a member of the Karen Pryor Academy faculty and an 11-year member of the Clicker Expo faculty. Helix holds a BS in physics from Oregon State University and an MS in physics and astrophysics from the University of New Mexico. She says, "I went off to grad school to be an astrophysicist and came back home hooked on dog training."
Helix lives with Joey (Bearded Collie) and the adorable PBGV, Rickie Roo-Roo (a PBGV - Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen). Rickie has earned her NACSW NW1 title recently - totally clicker trained for scent detection. To learn more about services from Helix Fairweather, click www.helixfairweather.com.
Sarah Owings is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She specializes in the practical application of behavioral principles to help transform the lives of fearful, shut down, and over-the-top dogs. As an international speaker, and regular contributor to online training forums, she is known for her innovative approaches to tough behavior problems, and her compassionate and insightful teaching. She has written for Clean Run Magazine on topics such as stimulus control, release cues, and toy-related cues, and serves as Clicker Expo faculty, an instructor for Cyber Scent Online, and is an advisor to the Glendale Humane Society in Los Angeles.
Sarah is also an avid nose work competitor, currently competing at both the Elite and Iron Dog levels with her labrador retriever, Tucker. Tucker was the recipient of the Harry Award in 2015, and has the distinction of titling at each level of NACSW without a single miss. With Sniffing Dog Sports, he has won High in Trial in both Advanced, and Excellent divisions, as well as a HIT at Iron Dog. At Turner Trials, an invitation-only three day tournament, he came in second place on day three, finishing fourth place overall against 38 of some of the most experienced competitors in the country. Tucker's trained final response for nose work, a hover-freeze at source, was taught with a marker signal, following the clicker training principles outlined in the Cyber Scent Online course. .