Karen London


 Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in the    evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in domestic dogs. She began working with dogs in 1997, and has spent years working with clients in one-on-one consultations in addition to teaching group training classes, and giving seminars about canine ethology for trainers, veterinary and shelter staff, and the public.

She received her B.S. in Biology from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied the defensive behavior of neotropical social wasps, and a nesting association between two species of wasps. Her research and scholarly publications cover such diverse topics as interactions between species that live together, defensive and aggressive behavior, evolution of social behavior, communication within and between species, learning, and parental investment.

After graduation, Karen decided to switch to working with dogs. It was a natural outcome of her love for dogs in her personal life, and her scientific interest in species interactions and aggressive behavior in her professional life.  She has enjoyed the change to becoming a dog behaviorist and trainer as dogs are easier to work with and less aggressive than the wasps she knows and loves.

Karen is the author (with Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.) of Play Together, Stay Together: Happy and Healthy Play Between People and Dogs; Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog; Feeling Outnumbered: How to Manage and Enjoy your Multi-Dog Household; Way to Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age; and their most recent book, Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home. She is the behavior columnist and a blogger for The BARk Magazine and also writes the animal column The London Zoo, for the Arizona Daily Sun.

Karen lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and their two sons. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches a tropical field course in Nicaragua called “Tropical Forest Insect Ecology” and a class for freshman about the importance of insects to society called “Sex, Bugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll”.