There is a place not many dogs have seen. A strange place called the Canine Conservatory. If you believe the stories, there are two things that make the Canine Conservatory unique. First, it is where all the dogs in the world meet. Second, it is not a place any dog has ever found by searching. It is not a place you travel to, it is the place you pass through while on your way to somewhere else. They say that anyone who travels long enough will come there. This is a story of that place, and of an old dog on a long road, and of a long and lonely night without a moon...

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 (

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 ( 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. 

Google these key words to understand what we stand for: Rewards Based Learning, Force Free Dog Training, APDT, CCPDT, and IAABC. (more coming each day...)