I am Patricia Walker-Koopman. In 2022, I opened my own Kynagon Dog Trainers Academy in Amstelveen. I strongly believe in the Kynagon method, because it is a pleasant way for you to learn to work together with dogs. This method never involves any punishment or inflicting pain. Our training sessions are always based on our core values: personal, passionate and professional.

My husband and I have three children and five Border Collies. Despite our busy lives, we have a very special connection with our dogs. Moreover, the Border Collies are an important part of the Dog Trainers Academy.

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Working together with your dog, without punishment

My goal is to introduce as many dog owners and animal professionals as possible to the Kynagon philosophy: recognising and understanding natural behaviour and solving unwanted behaviour.

Dogs are part of our lives. We choose to spend a lot of time with them, and they become part of our families or faithful co-workers. Not the kind of relationship that involves punishment. Our methods are force-free and based on rewards.

Both before and during the training session, I will always critically look at what you and the dog need: think, plan, do. I will make a plan in advance, but also during the training sessions, I will make sure that they are successful and pleasant for your dog.

Where we work

Our training facility in Amstelveen is designed especially for the training programmes of Kynagon Dog Trainers Academy.

We like to welcome dogs and owners of all levels who want to enjoy working together.

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The first time I came into contact with Kynagon Dog Trainers Academy was in 2018, when I visited ‘The Crufts’ in Birmingham, the greatest dog show in the world. That is where I met Dimosthenis Moumiadis of Kynagon. We got to talking and it turned out that we shared the same ideas on how to train dogs. No punishments or inflicting of pain, but working pleasantly together.

Completely inspired by Dimosthenis Moumiadis, I decided, there and then, to take the Kynagon training programme in Greece. After twelve long weekends, in May 2019, I passed my exam. Unfortunately, the month before, I had been diagnosed with cancer, so that I had to postpone the plans to set up my own Kynagon training programme.

Until 12 November 2022! My illness had taught me that you have to do what makes you happy. And so, with great enthusiasm, I opened the doors to my Dog Trainers Academy in Amstelveen.

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

In January 2024, Patricia travelled to the US to participate in the Karen Pryor Academy programme and enhance her knowledge. Dog trainers from all over the world take the training programme to obtain this certification. In her training, Patricia gained in-depth knowledge of the science and techniques behind Operant Conditioning. She also learned how to apply Positive Reinforcement effectively using a variety of tools and methods. Patricia is one of few experts in Europe to have obtained this certificate.

Patricia passed with flying colours, so that the Kynagon Dog Trainers Academy is now a certified Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She is one of few experts in Europe to have obtained this certificate. The certificate has not been handed to Patricia just like that. She is required to keep developing, so as to continue to be a certified partner.

Learn more about this cirtificate

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Patricia's training programmes

Individual training

For a puppy, the first weeks in its new home are extremely important. It is during this period that the foundation is laid for its behaviour later, as an adult dog. There is no age limit for dog training, but we would recommend starting at two months.

Dog Trainers Academy

The Kynagon Dog Trainers Academy in Amstelveen is an extensive training programme set up especially for people who want to become dog trainers and for professionals who frequently come into contact with dogs and their owners. After six months of training, you will have scientific and professional knowledge about training everyday and complex behaviour in dogs.

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