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Kathy Sdao Bio
Kathy is an applied animal behaviourist. She’s been a full-time animal trainer for thirty years, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. At the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She then worked for the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy created Tacoma’s first dog day-care.
Since 1998, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at thirty-eight of these popular conferences. Kathy has travelled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico. In 2012, she published her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace.
Frankie Aston says
Loved this episode – any chance you could put a recommended reading list/book list up?
ryan cartlidge says
I can’t remember exactly every book of the top of my head unfortunately but two ones that we talked about were “Non Violent communication” & “The power of now”
I will add links to these below.
Rosalie Benitez says
I was going to ask the same thing!
This episode was thrilling – she is such a powerful speaker and the dialogue and questions asked were so thought provoking!
I listened yesterday and remember she also talked about Brene Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness; Murray Sidman’s book Coercion and its Fallout; and Atomic Habits by James Clear. Now we need to form a book club!
Linda Brodzik says
I have been a huge Kathy Sdao fan for a very long time. I could listen to her talk forever. This podcast was phenomenal. The exploration of how we view and relate with each other and or clients is as important as how communicate with the animals we teach. Such a great podcast!!! Can we get Kathy back for another podcast … or better yet, a webinar?
This was such a great episode! I learned so much. Thank you!
My first listen to your podcast and I am absolutely hooked! I just ADORE Kathy Sdao, I find her mindset so inspiring. You asked her some fantastic questions too. Loved every second. I may have listen to this once or twice… or five times. No judgement here right?!
PLEASE have her on again!!!
Keep it up!
My favourite podcast so far together with the Susan Friedman 100th one, i am so grateful for this training academy there is so much to learn from so many amazing trainers!