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Kathy Sdao is an associate certified applied animal behaviorist (ACAAB) ( ) who has spent the past 25 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in the 1980's, she was part of a research team that trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She received a master's degree in experimental psychology and was then hired by the United States Navy (Department of Defense) to train dolphins for applied open-ocean tasks. After that job, Kathy spent five years as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington.There she expanded her training skills by working with beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, otters and polar bears. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma's first dog-daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare, where Kathy first began teaching clicker-training classes for pet owners.

Since selling Puget Hound a decade ago, Kathy has traveled across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Japan and Mexico, teaching students about the science of animal training. She enjoys sharing her passion for the incredible power of clicker training, which she experienced over years of working with many species.

Kathy currently owns Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their
challenging dogs, teaching private lessons to dogs and their owners, and coaching novices and professionals to cross over to positive-reinforcement training. In addition, she has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and for MSN's dog-themed website, consulted with Guide Dogs for the Blind and for Susquehanna Service Dogs, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society's "Service Dog Education System" and instructed at the "Instructor Training Course" for Dogs of Course. And, in one of her sillier moments, Kathy appeared as the "Way Cool Scientist" on an episode of the television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Kathy is proud to be one of the original faculty members for Karen Pryor's long-running ClickerExpos and has taught at eighteen of these conferences since 2003.