Dog trainers & behaviorists


Ken Ramirez is 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 recent appointment is in line 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, 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 and is still their training advisor.

Ken is a biologist and animal behaviourist with over 35 years experience of animal care and training. He started out working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career. He has hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities. He has also recently worked closely with several search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, and with bomb and narcotics dogs.

Ken's research into teaching dogs to mimic or imitate other dogs, and to learn the concept of counting, are in the process of being prepared for scientific publication. Both of these projects have documented cognitive abilities in dogs that have not been previously well documented or understood. Ken also writes for many scientific publications and has authored countless popular articles.

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