Kyoko Johnson has been training dogs and their people in Hawaii since 2008. She has earned various professional training and instructor certifications, including through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Karen Pryor Academy, and National Association of Canine Scent Work. Most recently, she was certified through the world's first cancer and bio-medical detection dog training course with In Situ Foundation, a pioneer in the field.

Kyoko's specialty is canine scent detection. She has competed in various nose work trials, earning "high in trial" with multiple dogs. In addition to teaching nose work classes for pet dogs since 2012, she has worked as a detection dog trainer and handler for a wildlife conservation program which utilized canines to locate endangered species such as the Hawaiian hoary bat and wedge-tailed shearwater seabirds. The dogs she trained reached 95-100% search accuracy. Kyoko is currently working on establishing a research study which will utilize specially trained dogs to detect early stage cancer in human samples.

Kyoko and her husband Tor live on the North Shore of Oahu with their Labrador Retriever Solo, a former conservation detection dog and future bio-medical detection dog. Kyoko continues to attend and host educational seminars whenever possible in order to stay up to date on the most cutting edge training methods.

Professional Certifications

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - Certified (Knowledge Assessed)

National Association of Canine Scent Work - Certified Nose Work Instructor™

Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner

In Situ Foundation - Certified Bio Medical Dog Training and Research Coordinator


Attended Seminars and Continuing Education

* January 2017 (upcoming) - California Narcotic Canine Association and NACSW Joint Conference
* November 2016 (in progress) - National Institute of Health Clinical Research Training
* November 2016 - National Institute of Health Research Ethics Training
* November 2016 - In Situ Foundation - Cancer & Bio Medical Detection Dog Training Certification Program
* June 2016 - K9 Nose Work® Training Camp (Oregon)
* February 2016 - Fred Helfers - From Foundation to Finesse (K9 Nose Work)
* February 2016 - Terry Ryan CPDT - Coaching People to Train Their Dogs
* January 2016 - California Narcotic Canine Association and NACSW Joint Conference
* September 2015 - K9 Nose Work® Training Camp (Colorado)
* July 2015 - Fred Helfers - K9 Olfaction and Odor Seminar
* December 2014 - Nicole Wakida CPDT - Canine Cross Fit Workshop
* November 2014 - Jill Marie O'Brien - K9 Nose Work® Element Specialty Trial Prep Workshop
* August 2014 - Julie Gaunt - K9 Nose Work® NW2-Level Container Searching
* October 2013 - Detection Dog Training Seminar with Jane Sharp
* September 2013 - Diabetic Alert Dog Trainer Seminar with Rita Martinez
* 2013-2014 - Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program with Terry Ryan
* 2013-2014 - K9 Nose Work® Instructor Certification Program
* May 2013 - Andrea Dexter - Problem Solving Weaves Agility Workshop
* April 2013 - Nancy Gyes - Agility Contact Training Workshop
* March 2013 - Pairing Pavlovian Conditioning with Operant Odor-Discrimination Training - Webinar
* March 2013 - Grisha Stewart CPDT - Behavior Adjustment Training seminars
* February 2013 - Jill Marie O'Brien CNWI - Continuing Nose Work®
* August 2012 - K9 Nose Work® Training Camp and Instructor / Skill Building Workshop
* June 2012 - Jill Marie O'Brien and Julie Gaunt CNWIs - Introduction to K9 Nose Work®
* October 2011 - Association of Professional Dog Trainers Annual Conference
* October 2011 - K9 Nose Work® for the Shelter Environment - Live Demo Workshop
* October 2011 - Trish King CDBC - Use of Stuffed Dogs in Evaluations, Consultations & Training
* October 2011 - Grisha Stewart CPDT - BAT Demo: Behavior Adjustment Training in Practice
* September 2011 - Gail Fisher - Dogs at Play: Recognizing, Evaluating & Understanding Styles of Play Behavior webinar
* March 2011 - Terry Ryan CPDT - Canine Body Language, Aggression and Reactivity seminars
* February 2011 - Sue Aislby - Training Levels Workshop
* January 2011 - Terry Ryan CPDT - Scenting workshop and Problem Solving workshop for pet dogs
* November 2010 - Terry Ryan CPDT - Poultry In Motion (chicken workshop for dog trainers)
* October 2010 - Association of Professional Dog Trainers Annual Conference
* October 2010 - Pia Silvani CPDT, CABC - Feisty Fidos Live Demo Workshop
* 2010-2011 - Professional apprenticeship with Marie-Gabrielle Selarque CPDT of Pro-Dog Hawaii
* 2010-2011 - Ethology & Canine Behavior Lecture Series
* October 2010 - Debby McMullen CDBC - Guided Study Managing Multi-Dog Households
* October 2009 - Association of Professional Dog Trainers Annual Conference
* Oct-Dec 2009 - Barbara Handelman CDBC - Understanding Canine Behavior
* September 2009 - Hawaiian Humane Society - Clicker Training for Shelter Dogs
* August 2009 - Hawaiian Humane Society - Intensive Animal Handling
* April 2009 - Sue Sternberg - Canine Body Language, Temperament Assessment, & Behavior Analysis
* April 2009 - Trish King CDBC - Canine Body Language and Aggression
* April 2009 - Brenda Aloff - Socialization and Reinforcement in Dog Training
* June 2008 - Pooch 101 by Project POOCH - A workshop on developing a program in corrections for youth offenders and shelter dogs
* Daily (ongoing) - K9 Nose Work® Email Discussion List

       

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