KIKI YABLON, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, serves as training manager and senior trainer with Animal Behavior Training Concepts, leading group classes and teaching private lessons.
A former magazine and newspaper editor, Kiki met owner Laura Monaco Torelli as a client in 2005 and began her path to professional training as an apprentice in 2009, assisting with group classes on nights and weekends. She left journalism in late 2010, while attending the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and became a KPA Certified Training Partner in early 2011. She has since earned KPA's "Client Endorsed" distinction every year. Her services are recommended by veterinarians, including the behavior practices at Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants and Veterinary Behavior at Illinois, and she has presented public talks on separation anxiety and on-leash behavior problems with veterinary behavior specialist Dr. Kelly Ballantyne. She has contributed training articles to Karen Pryor Clicker Training and written training columns for Chicago's One Tail at a Time rescue and Rover-Time Dog Walking & Pet Sitting.
Kiki regularly attends continuing education seminars, classes, and conferences. She successfully completed Dr. Susan Friedman's eight-week professional course in behavior analysis for animal professionals, Living and Learning With Animals, in 2012 and is now a teaching assistant for the course. She has also completed Kenneth and Debbie Martin's 12-week Puppy Start Right instructor's course; Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody's Discrimination, Cueing, and Criteria chicken workshops; Contemporary Animal Training & Management (with macaws and corvids) at Natural Encounters Inc., and several in-depth seminars with ABA professor Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz. She is an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and has earned primary-level certification in TAGteach in order to better help humans help their dogs. In March 2014 she passed the exam given by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers to become a CPDT-KA.
Kiki and her husband live in Logan Square with a shepherd mix named Pigeon.
Education and Certification
Teaching Assistant, Behavior Works
Under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Friedman, Kiki reviews student homework for the Living and Learning With Animals course in applied behavior analysis for animal professionals as well as Dr. Friedman's module of the IAABC's Principles and Practice course.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Independent certification exam
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior (KPA CTP)
Graduated from six-month professional dog training course with distinction, passing practical training, teaching, and written exams with scores of 90% or higher to be certified as Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP).
August 2010-January 2011
TAGteach Primary Certification
AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
BS, Medill School of Journalism
Radcliffe Publishing Course