All of the head instructors at When Hounds Fly are either Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners, or have earned their Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed designations, or hold academic degrees in animal behavior. We proudly maintain the highest standards of ANY dog training school in Toronto.
Sara Russell, KPA CTP
Sara Russell graduated the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behaviour under Carolyn Clark in 2016.
By day, Sara is a key part of the Toronto Humane Society Feline Enrichment organization. She first learned about clicker training and positive reinforcement at an IAABC Animal Behaviour Conference back in 2011. Since that time, she has incorporated positive reinforcement in the shelter’s feline enrichment program, designing and implementing protocols and behaviour modification plans for both animals in the shelter and when assisting pet parents experiencing behaviour concerns at home.
Classified as what some would refer to as a “behaviour geek”, Sara loves learning about behaviour whether from attending annual behaviour conferences, online seminars or reading textbooks. Just in 2016, she completed Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camp Workshop, and most recently became certified through the Fear Free Initiative to assist veterinarians, pets and pet owners in making veterinary visits a fear free experience for everybody involved through prevention, management, modification and force free handling.
She is also a trainer for the 2017 Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive Initiative which aims at teaching shelter staff and volunteers clicker training skills.
Sara and her husband Jason share their home with their 2 dogs and 3 cats all of which were adopted through the Toronto Humane Society.
Claire Kilburn, Administrative Assistant
Claire Kilburn is our team’s administrative assistant, and she is currently responsible for processing answering email inquiries and ensuring our new students have a smooth onboarding and registration experience.
Claire is currently a student at McGill University, pursuing a major in Environmental Biology. She has a strong passion for nature and one day hopes to have an impact in the field of wildlife conservation.
Claire joined When Hounds Fly in early 2015, when she was looking for volunteering opportunities with animals. She spent over a year as a weekly classroom assistant while completing high school.
While she enjoys working remotely from Montreal, Claire misses the lively atmosphere of the school and the abundance of happy faces (both furry and not!)
While Claire does not yet have a dog of her own, she does share her life with two cats, Avery and Pepper. Naturally, she’s clicker trained them both and they’re pretty good at Sit and Touch on cue!