Ken McCort owns and operates “Four Paws” training center in Doylestown, Ohio. Along with his wife, Marilyn, a veterinarian, he lives with 4 dogs, 7 cats, 4 large parrots, some finches, 2 mini horses, a donkeys and a lizard. In his profession, Ken works with animals with behavioral concerns. Most clients and animals are acquired by referral from veterinarians or other clients. He has been training with animals (over 50 different species) on a full time basis since 1986 and currently specializes in dogs, cats and birds.
In addition to his business, Ken is a licensed evaluator and was an evaluator instructor with the Pet Partner program. Not only does he evaluate and certify animal/handler teams to visit in hospitals, nursing homes and many other areas, but he also helped to develop the original Pet Partner Skills and Aptitude Test. At Akron Children’s Hospital, Ken helped to develop and now to operate the Doggie Brigade animal assisted activity and therapy program. It has been ongoing since 1992.
Ken has taught on many subjects concerning animal behavior at many places including the University of Akron (Ohio), Columbus State University, the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the North American Veterinary Conference, the Midwest Veterinary Conference, the Society of Anthrozoologists, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild and many other animal related groups. Ken has also been teaching in Japan since 2004 to help trainers there better understand animal behavior, and he has recently added France to his international travels.
Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana, which is a research facility that studies wild canid behavior, utilizes Ken for many of its seminars and research projects. The park has been having Ken help train with their wolves, coyotes, foxes and bison for many years. The park now hosts an Advanced Trainers Seminar that Ken helps to teach.

Friday, 5-hour animal behavior & training workshop with Lara Joseph

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