News & Upcoming Events

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Applications are now being accepted for Laura Monaco Torelli's next Karen Pryor Academy professional dog-training series in Chicago, Illinois  and Madison, Wisconsin. For more details about the KPA program, visit the KPA site.

October 21, 2017: Laura Monaco Torelli will speak at Veterinary Behavior Specialties of Minnesota

January 19-21, 2018: Laura Monaco Torelli will present at ClickerExpo in Irvine, CA

April 21, 2018: Laura Monaco Torelli will present at the Penn Vet Working Dog Conference

 

PAST NEWS & EVENTS

October 12-15, 2016: Association of Professional Dog Trainers conference
Laura Monaco Torelli taught a two-hour hands-on lab about Betta fish training on Friday, October 14. 

September 25, 2016: The Many Faces of Collaboration, Wisconsin Humane Society
Laura Monaco Torelli taught a day-long seminar on techniques for and benefits of collaboration between trainers and veterinary professionals, highlighting our Ready, Set . . . For Groomer & Vet program and drawing on her experience working with exotic animals. 

April 8, 2016: Shedd Aquarium
Laura Monaco Torelli returned to the Shedd to speak to graduate students in the Western Illinois University Zoo and Aquarium Studies program about careers in animal training.

 

February 6, 2016: Saturday Scholars Program
Laura Monaco Torelli spoke to some 800 high school students from the St. Louis area about the care of exotic and domestic animals and careers in animal training. 

January 22-24, 2016: ClickerExpo, Reno, Nevada
Laura Monaco Torelli presented on three topics at ClickerExpo in Reno: teaching loose-leash walking, training for veterinary care, and booking and preparing for media appearances. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015, noon CST: Helping Trainers and Owners Collaborate With Veterinary Professionals
Laura Monaco Torelli hosted a Facebook chat, Helping Trainers and Owners Collaborate with Veterinary Professionals, at the Facebook page of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

September 4-6, 2015, Verona, Italy: TAGteach World Summit
The World Summit featured three days of presenters on the use of TAGteach in a variety of settings. Laura Monaco Torelli copresented with Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, on integrating TAGteach to increase animal-handling safety, decrease staff stress, and improve the patient and client experience in the veterinary setting.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015: Collaborating With Veterinary Professionals: When Time and Precision Matter
Laura Monaco Torelli copresented a TAGteach seminar, Collaborating With Veterinary Professionals, with TAGteach cofounder Theresa McKeon and Kelly Ballantyne, DVM. Participants learned about the TAGteach method of teaching and how it can enhance the overall experience for patients, clients, and staff in the veterinary environment. 

April 18-19, 2015, Chicago: IAABC Conference
Laura Monaco Torelli presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, held at the AntiCruelty Society in Chicago. 

April 3, 2015: Laura returned to the Shedd Aquarium to speak to graduate students in the Western Illinois University Zoo and Aquarium Studies program about careers in animal training.

March 20-22, 2015: ClickerExpo in Dearborn, Michigan
Laura Monaco Torelli presented a 45-minute lecture and 90-minute hands-on lab on our Ready…  Set… for Groomer and Vet program at ClickerExpo 2015 in Dearborn. 

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October 11, 2014: "Know Your Pet's Health" Lecture Series, Glessner House Museum
South Loop Animal Hospital invited Laura Monaco Torelli and Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants' Dr. John Ciribassi to present a free seminar for pet owners on dog behavior. 

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September 13, 2014: Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians/Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians Conference, Las Vegas
The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians has invited Laura Monaco Torelli to present at its annual conference. Laura will be talking about the role of the trainer in behavioral medicine and leading labs in clicker mechanics and clicker training rats. Registration is now open.  

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August 2, 2 PM CST: Ready... Set... for Groomer and Vet! Webinar Presented by the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians
Laura Monaco Torelli gave a webinar on Animal Behavior Training Concepts' Ready... Set... for Groomer & Vet program. 

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Sunday, June 22, 2014: Chicago Veterinary Behavior Symposium at Brookfield Zoo
Laura Monaco Torelli will speak alongside Drs. Ciribassi, Ballantyne, and Bennett at the second annual Chicago Veterinary Behavior Symposium, a day of lectures on puppy and kitten development, socialization, and behavior. Attendance is limited to licensed veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants. Sign up here to be notified when registration opens. 

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April 25, 2014: Laura returned to the Shedd Aquarium to speak to graduate students in the Western Illinois University Zoo and Aquarium Studies program about careers in animal training.

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April 2014: Congratulations to our training manager, Kiki Yablon, on passing her exam and earning the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers!

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April 13-18, 2014: Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference
Laura Monaco Torelli and behavior resident Dr. Kelly Ballantyne presented on our "Ready … Set … for Groomer & Vet" programs at the annual conference of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance.

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April 9, 2014: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Laura Monaco Torelli presented to  the behavior club at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine on the topic of training for husbandry. 

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March 28-30, 2014: ClickerExpo, Norfolk, VA
Laura Monaco Torelli joined the ClickerExpo faculty for 2014 in Norfolk, Virginia, presenting the learning session "To Refer or Not to Refer? Trainer Best Practices" and copresenting with Theresa McKeon "TAGteach and Clicker Training: The Dynamic Duo." Laura also hosted the Taste of ClickerExpo broadcast. 

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February 8-9, 2014: Laura Monaco Torelli, a Level 2 TAGteach instructor, assisted with a TAGteach primary certification seminar at Busch Gardens taught by Theresa McKeon. 

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November 5-7, 2013: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts
Laura Monaco Torelli presented a three-day animal training seminar for the behavior club at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. 

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October 25, 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine 
For the fifth consecutive year, the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  invited Laura Monaco Torelli to present an animal training seminar for the veterinary behavior club. 

September 8-13, 2013: IMATA Conference 
Laura Monaco Torelli and veterinary behavior resident Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, presented at the annual conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association in Las Vegas. 

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August 3-5, 2013: TAGteach and Clicker Training: The Dynamic Duo 
A three-day seminar at Narnia Pet Behavior & Training in Plainfield, Illinois, with Laura Monaco Torelli, TAGteach cofounder Theresa McKeon, and special guest Karen Pryor (via Skype). Training manager Kiki Yablon received her primary level certification. 

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June 28-30, 2013Ready... Set... for Groomer and Vet: Proactive Training and Management for Raising Puppies and Adolescent Dogs.
Laura Monaco Torelli returned to PowerDog in Verona, Italy to lead a three-day seminar. 

 

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January 25-27 and March 8-10, 2013: ClickerExpo
Laura Monaco Torelli is thrilled and honored to join the 2013 ClickerExpo faculty as a speaker. She leads the "You're In Great Shape" hands-on lab in San Francisco in January and Stamford, Connecticut, in March. 

 

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Group Classes at Hanover Park Animal Care Center
We are proud to announce that Animal Behavior Training Concepts will offer puppy and adult dog group classes at a second location,  Hanover Park Animal Care Center in Hanover Park, Illinois, starting February 3, 2013.

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December 2012: Training manager Kiki Yablon became an AKC-approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

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November 2-4, 2012: TAGteach and Clicker Training: The Dynamic Duo
A three-day seminar in Verona, Italy, with special guest Karen Pryor (via Skype); Theresa McKeon, cofounder of TAGteach International; Laura Monaco Torelli, CPDT-KA, Karen Pryor Academy Faculty, TAGteach L2; and Luca Canever, CAP3 TAGteach L2. 

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October 2012: Laura Monaco Torelli and Kiki Yablon completed Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning With Animals professional course. 

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May 29, 2012: Laura Monaco Torelli became an Operation Socialization certified trainer.

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March 2011: Laura Monaco Torelli joined the faculty of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.  

February 2011: Laura Monaco Torelli copresented with veterinary behaviorist Dr. John Ciribassi at the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior. They discussed case studies and how they collaborate to help dog owners with canine behavioral concerns.

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February 27, 2011: Kiki Yablon, Animal Behavior Training Concepts' training manager, graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy

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November 2010: Laura was voted Best Dog Trainer/Training Class by readers of Chicagoland Tails magazine.

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June 9-13, 2010: Laura Monaco Torelli attended the 5-day DOGS! course at the Purdue University Animal Behavior Clinic.

March 13, 2010: Laura Monaco Torelli was invited to present hands-on labs on positive reinforcement training at the national symposium of the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, hosted by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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November 2009:  Laura Monaco Torelli was voted Best Dog Trainer/Training Class by readers of Chicagoland Tails magazine.

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March 2009: Laura was invited to the national symposium of the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine, to present hands-on labs on the benefits of positive reinforcement training.

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July 2008: Laura Monaco Torelli and Indya Watts were TAGteach Level 1 certified. Read more about how TAGteach helps us help you.

"TAGteach is simply the best way to teach almost anything."
Karen Pryor, CEO, Karen Pryor Clicker Training

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June 2008: Laura graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.

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September 2006: Laura earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.