Kevin-Neil Klop has been training animals for almost all his life, starting with his own dogs and moving on to Peacocks, Parrots, and Macaws for commercials.
He studied Computer Science as a major and Sociology as a minor, along with forays into Psychology where he was first exposed to the work of B.F. Skinner.
Kevin started working with animals and animal behavior as a full-time occupation in 2001 and founded Thinking Animals in 2002, specializing in “problem” behaviors. Prior to that, he was a lead trainer for Animal Behaviour and Training Associates, and a lead trainer for PetCo. He also has had a long career in the High Tech field, helping to train and run the entire menagerie of ranging from computer programmers, technical and customer support, writing, internal support, and other exotic species of “techies” found in captivity in the modern corporation.
Currently, Kevin has three Belgian Shepherds, is active in dog agility, several animal rescue groups, is the consulting behaviorist for West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, and volunteers with the South West Washington Humane Society. He also volunteers at the Oregon Zoo where he lectures to visitors about Wolf Behaviours, animal training, and also works with the Birds of Prey school and summer shows, helping with the owls, falcons, hawks, and vultures, as well as helping with VAST (Visitors and Animals Survey Team) doing ethological observations and studies. He even dons an animal costume during Christmas season to entertain children visiting the zoo.
Kevin holds a Certified Pet Dog Trainer certification from the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers, is an American Red Cross CPR/First Aid instructor, a Master Scuba Diving Instructor, was the Chairman of the Math and Science department at Walden High School, is active giving seminars and lectures on Management and Organizational Change as well as animal training (the two are remarkably similar!), and is currently writing a book on Clicker Training for Businesses. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.