ABOUT

Kyoko Johnson has been training dogs and their people in Hawaii since 2008.  Her love of dogs came from volunteering for various dog rescue organizations and shelters on the island. Since beginning her dog training career, 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 detection dog training course with In Situ Foundation, a pioneer in the field.


Kyoko’s current focus is canine scent detection. She has competed in various nose work trials, earning “high in trial” with multiple dogs.  Since 2011, she has trained and coached numerous dog & handler teams in scent work skills. In addition to training pet dogs, Kyoko is a conservation detection dog trainer and handler. Past projects include working for a wind farm habitat conservation program which utilized canines to locate endangered seabirds and bats to measure environmental impact; and a pilot study in collaboration with US Fish & Wildlife and US Geological Survey, which measured the efficacy of utilizing detection dogs to lower avian botulism-related mortality in koloa maoli, an endangered Hawaiian duck (see more on the study at USGS’s website). Kyoko is currently working with US Fish & Wildlife on a project to utilize detector dogs to assist with their effort to eradicate invasive yellow crazy ants that cause harm to seabirds at a remote atoll. She is also conducting various projects through her non-profit organization Conservation Dogs of Hawaiʻi, including training dogs to detect invasive weeds. Follow her conservation dog adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

Kyoko and her husband Tor live on the North Shore of Oʻahu with their dogs. 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 (CPDT-KA)

National Association of Canine Scent Work – Certified Nose Work Instructor™ (CNWI) and Odor Recognition Test Certifying Official

Karen Pryor Academy – Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)

In Situ Foundation – Certified Bio-Dog Trainer (CBDT)


 

 

Continuing Education – Scent Detection & Bio-Medical

* 2020 – Foundations in Canine Odor Detection Training webinar with Dr. Lucia Lazarowski
* 2020 NACSW Enhanced Education Weekend for instructors
* 2020 Earth, Wind and Odor webinar with Lauralea Oliver
* 2020 Virtual Nose Work Camp webinars with Christina Bunn, Jacy Kelley, Leah Gangelhoff, Amy Herot and others
* 2020 Leash Handling for the Detection Dog Handler webinar with Fred Helfers
* 2020 Handling is So Much More Than Handling the Leash webinar with Christina Bunn
* 2019 – Overview of Recent Research by US Navy webinar (canine olfactory generalization / discrimination balance) with Lauryn DeGreef (Naval Research Laboratory)
* 2019 – Conservation Dog Symposium at Hawaii Conservation Conference
* 2019, 2016, 2015, 2012 – K9 Nose Work® Training Camps
* 2019 – Chemistry of Odor webinar with Lauryn DeGreef (Naval Research Laboratory)
* 2019 – Extreme Elevation online course with Kimberly Buchanan
* 2017 – California Narcotic Canine Association and NACSW Joint Conference, attended seminars include:
~ ~ ~ Ken Furton, PhD – Chemistry of Scent
~ ~ ~ David Adebimpe, PhD – Scientific Look at Scent Training Aids
~ ~ ~ Andie Thompkins, PhD – The Neuroscience of Canine Vision and Olfaction
~ ~ ~ Alex Rygg, PhD – The Anatomy and Fluid Dynamics of Canine Olfaction
* 2016 – National Institute of Health Clinical Research Training
* 2016 – National Institute of Health Research Ethics Training
* 2016 – In Situ Foundation – Cancer & Bio Medical Detection Dog Training Certification Program
* 2016 – Fred Helfers From Foundation to Finesse workshop
* 2016 – California Narcotic Canine Association and NACSW Joint Conference, attended seminars include:
~ ~ ~ Steve Austin – Obtain & Maintain Excellence in Scent Work
~ ~ ~ Mel English – Understanding K9 Olfactory & The Hunt
~ ~ ~ Joe Oberding – Hard Surface/Urban Tracking
~ ~ ~ Frank Romano – Selection to Detection
~ ~ ~ Jill Cline, PhD – Nutrition for the Working K9
* 2015 – Fred HelfersK9 Olfaction and Odor Seminar
* 2014 – Jill Marie O’BrienK9 Nose Work® Element Specialty Trial Prep Workshop
* 2014 – Julie GauntK9 Nose Work® NW2-Level Container Searching
* 2013 – Detection Dog Training Seminar with Jane Sharp (London Heathrow Airport K9 Unit)
* 2013 – Diabetic Alert Dog Trainer Seminars with Rita Martinez
* 2013-2014 – K9 Nose Work® Instructor Certification Program
* 2013 – Jill Marie O’BrienContinuing Nose Work®
* 2012 – Jill Marie O’Brien and Julie GauntIntroduction to K9 Nose Work®
* 2011 – K9 Nose Work® for the Shelter Environment – Live Demo Workshop

Continuing Education – General Training & Behavior

* 2017 – Terry Ryan – Gamification Workshop
* 2016 – Terry Ryan – Coaching People to Train Their Dogs
* 2013-2014 – Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program with Terry Ryan
* 2014 – Nicole Wakida – Canine Cross Fit Workshop
* 2013 – Andrea Dexter – Problem Solving Weaves Agility Workshop
* 2013 – Nancy Gyes – Agility Contact Training Workshop
* 2013 – Pairing Pavlovian Conditioning with Operant Odor-Discrimination Training Webinar
* 2013 – Grisha Stewart – Behavior Adjustment Training seminars
* 2009, 2010, 2011 – Association of Professional Dog Trainers Annual Conferences
* 2011 – Trish King – Use of Stuffed Dogs in Evaluations, Consultations & Training
* 2011 – Grisha Stewart – BAT Demo: Behavior Adjustment Training in Practice
* 2011 – Gail Fisher – Dogs at Play: Recognizing, Evaluating & Understanding Styles of Play Behavior webinar
* 2011 – Terry Ryan – Canine Body Language, Aggression and Reactivity seminars
* 2011 – Sue Ailsby – Training Levels Workshop
* 2011 – Terry Ryan – Problem Solving workshop for pet dogs
* November 2010 – Terry Ryan – Poultry In Motion (chicken workshop for dog trainers)
* October 2010 – Pia Silvani – 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 Webinar
* 2010 – Debby McMullen – Guided Study Managing Multi-Dog Households
* 2009 – Barbara Handelman  – Understanding Canine Behavior
* 2009 – Sue Sternberg – Canine Body Language, Temperament Assessment, & Behavior Analysis
* 2009 – Trish King – Canine Body Language and Aggression
* 2009 – Brenda Aloff – Socialization and Reinforcement in Dog Training
* 2008 – Pooch 101 by Project POOCH – A workshop on developing a program in corrections for youth offenders and shelter dogs