Trainer/Proprietor: Casey Lomonaco
Graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy, widely recognized as one of the world’s premier schools for modern trainers. Served on the inaugural Alumni Advisory Board for KPA, continues to assist in workshops with new students and mentor students post-graduation.
Casey is serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the world’s largest organization for animal behavior professionals.
Contributor for various print and web media, with hundreds of articles published on the internet’s top websites for animal training and behavior including Karen Pryor Clicker Training, Dog Star Daily, Dogster, Dog Lover’s Digest, Tails Pet Media Group, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Chronicle of the Dog, Nicole Wilde’s book “Don’t Leave Me! Step By Step Help For Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety,” and won the prestigious John Fisher essay award from Dogwise in 2009. Technical editor for Laura Baugh’s best-selling book Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control.
- Seminar and conference presenter – Casey is available for limited speaking engagements both domestically and internationally. She has instructed at a number of private training facilities, dog camps, and even at the 2012 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants conference (where she taught rescued pot-bellied pigs to play treibball!)
- Available on a limited basis for pre-publication book, article, and web media copy-editing and content creation.
- Commitment to continuing education – new dog training book or video? I’ve likely read or seen it. Big conference or seminar? I’m there, eager to learn new ways to help my clients and their dogs find mutual success.
- Client, professional, and veterinary references available upon request.
Mocha Bear: Karen Pryor Academy graduate and Canine Graduate Assistant, canine supermodel, undercover scenthound
Mocha Bear is our wonderful chow mix. She is aloof, intense, independent, haughty, challenging, and ridiculously smart. She is an amazing training partner, and deserves as much credit as I do for graduating KPA, since she worked in all my lessons, workshops, and assessments. She always makes me look good as a trainer, and never fails to make me proud. I am perhaps most proud of her for helping her realize that dog breed stereotypes are the canine equivalent of racism and must be abandoned. Mokie has rehabilitated a number of “Chow” phobic clients, teaching them that it is training, not breed, which determines a dog’s threat to public safety. She also travels to various camps and seminars with me as a demonstration dog. When she’s not helping me at the classroom, Mokie enjoys chasing squirrels, playing with her best friend Leila, shoving her face into gopher holes, playing with sticks, swimming, and playing her Fisher Price piano.
Cuba Gooddog Jr. (Shadow Mtn Victory for Monte) Most photographed puppy in the universe, star of Puppy Socialization Diaries on RBDT, world traveler, cutie pie.
Montecristo: Saint Bernard,guardian angel, artist, garbage raider, interior designer, slobber distributor.
Ahab the three-legged cat and Eartha Kitty, who so kindly let the rest of the Lomonacos reside in the home they have claimed.
Ever the diva, Eartha works “behind the scenes” in the Lomonaco residence. Always wary of Monte and the slobber he brings, she prefers to bask in the sun on top of floor-to-ceiling cat furniture. Never having been outside in her life unless going to the vet since she first came to us, she thinks the outside world is terribly dirty and undignified.
If you know cats, you know that they could never be convinced to perform menial, plebeian tasks like writing bios for themselves, particularly for something as silly as a dog training website. When asked for comments to add to this section of the Rewarding Behaviors website, the cats muttered a reserved “Mrao!” and offered their tummies for belly scritchies, indicating the interview was over. The trainer will work on shaping the behavior of interviewing with the cats and will hopefully be able to offer more insight from the Lomonaco felines in coming website updates. Believe it or not, cats can be clicker trained too! The Management Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training