The Creative Class Collection

Keep your classes humming with the Creative Class collection. Featuring three recorded live-stage presentations from Terry Ryan, Hannah Branigan and Laurie Luck (together), and Theresa McKeon, the Creative Class delivers fresh ideas for class games, new tools for class planning and execution, and a process for becoming more effective in helping clients learn.

The collection includes:

  • Gamification: Engaging Training Games for Groups, with Terry Ryan
    Humans and dogs are social animals. We enjoy each other’s company. Games can be a natural extension of the good times dogs and people have together in a group setting. Training classes, club meetings, and doggy playdates are all good excuses for people and dogs to play games. Terry has almost fifty continuous years of experience as a dog-training class instructor. Her classes have included carefully conducted games to increase the reliability of core behavioral skills amid distractions. Each game has an application to everyday life situations. The games stress education rather than competition, and fun rather than chaos. Not interested in “games?” Replace the word “game” with the phrase “fluency exercise” and we’ll still be on the same page. Preview this video.
  • Triple Planning: Enhance Your Teaching, with Hannah Branigan & Laurie Luck
    Is lesson-planning confusing and stressful for you? It doesn’t have to be! Trainers usually know what they want to teach the dogs, but often get stuck accounting for the human portion of the equation. To be effective, all three pieces of the learning team must work together: dog, handler, and instructor. With that many variables and moving parts, planning ahead can mean the difference between a screaming success and a total disaster. By applying solid clicker training techniques, we can break down the skills you need to build efficient, effective, and well-organized lesson plans. (And have fun!) Preview this video.
  • Look Away from the Dog, with Theresa McKeon
    Why look away from the dog? Because if you’re going teach a person to handle, train, or compete with a dog, you’ll eventually have to look at the person. Don’t worry, this Session will demonstrate how trainers can switch focus from the dog, to the human, and back again, efficiently and without missing a beat. Through videos, lecture, and audience participation, we’ll work through the details of human training when the human is in partnership with an animal (dog, horse, llama, bird, and more. Preview this video.

Terry Ryan | Hannah Branigan & Laurie Luck | Theresa McKeon

Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, has been a Karen Pryor faculty member since 2008, teaching numerous domestic and international KPA courses a year. The founder and president of Legacy Canine Behavior & Training, she has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Terry was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, a human-animal bond program of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, from 1981 until 1994. She has been involved in a variety of canine performance events for 20 years as both a competitor and judge. Terry designed and built a canine education center on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, offering a wide variety of services and activities for people from around the world. Through Legacy, Terry conducts instructor workshops and chicken training camps several times a year in the United States and abroad. Her spare time is spent writing—most recently Gamify Your Dog Training: Training Games for Group Instruction and the soon-to-be-released revision of Coaching People to Train Their Dogs.

Hannah Branigan & Laurie Luck

Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 12 years. She is a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) faculty member, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). She is also a popular speaker and teaches workshops all over the country. As the owner of Wonderpups, LLC, Hannah is committed to training both dogs and people with positive reinforcement methods. She has titled her dogs in conformation, obedience, schutzhund, agility, and rally. Her dogs have multiple class wins, both AKC and UKC High in Trial awards, and scores that qualify for several Front & Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX).

A faculty member of ClickerExpo and KPA, Laurie Luck has been involved in the dog world for 20+ years. An entrepreneur (Smart Dog University) and social media enthusiast, Laurie delights in sharing her knowledge and experience with dog owners across the country. Laurie has spoken at regional and national conferences about both dog behavior and social media. Her YouTube channel offers free dog-training videos, and her blog details training experiences and ideas that every dog owner will find helpful. As a volunteer puppy-raiser for a service-dog organization since 2001, Laurie has had a hand in raising and training more than 16 service dogs, and enjoys being involved in the education of dogs that go on to do so much good for their human partners. Laurie and her Labrador retriever, Tango, are a certified R.E.A.D. therapy-dog team and enjoy working in the classroom with elementary school students to improve the students’ reading skills.

Theresa McKeon

After 30+ years as a national-level gymnastics coach, Theresa McKeon was determined to find a way to speed up skill acquisition for her athletes while simultaneously decreasing stress and fear in the learning environment. Her search for behaviorally sound techniques, clean instructions, and the proper timing of feedback and reinforcement, led to the development of the TAGteach methodology and TAGteach International, LLC. TAGteach has since evolved into an entire teaching protocol benefiting an endless variety of human applications. Theresa now consults and designs TAGteach programs in business management, industrial safety, medical and surgical training, sport coaching, family communication, and, of course, training for those who teach people to train their companion animals. She is a sought-after speaker around the world, including in Europe, the U.K., Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.