Kurt Burk (CPDT-KSA, APDT, MFA, BBA) developed his unique dog teaching philosophy by accident. As a filmmaker and storyteller, his passion for teaching humans about the world around them lead to an unique way of helping people related to the animals in their lives. He built a dog care service serving the Los Angeles area when he met and soon after formed a friendship and mentorship with master dog trainer Dina Zaphiris. Under her guidance, Kurt became certified (CPDT-KSA) and a Professional Member of the (APDT.com).
To maintain his certifications and to continue his education, Kurt attends the top dog training seminars and conferences each year to learn from the best trainers from all over the world. Most recently in October 2016 Kurt attended both the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainer) Conference in Las Vegas as well as the Clicker Expo (ClickerTraining.com) in Billund, Denmark. While in Europe he met with dog trainers and dog owners in Berlin, Germany to see how they were doing things to help shed light on our issues here in the U.S.A.
Kurt has studied and continues to learn directly under (and across) from master dog trainers and animal behavior consultants such as: Karen Pryor, Kathy Sdao, Kay Laurence, Ray Coppinger (who passed away in 2017), and Terry Ryan with whom he spent a week completing a coaching and training workshop involving chickens to sharpen his skills.
Kurt Burk was born and raised in Westwood, Massachusetts and later earned a Business Degree (BBA) in Finance and Operations Management with a minor degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.After making the move to Los Angeles, he gained a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film Directing from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Kurt has taken his experience in operation management and directing actors and has applied it to his unique approach to dog care and training.