Who Am I?


Leonard "Buzz" Cecil, CTDI*, TDCH*, Cert.CBST**, Certified Clicker Trainer (see below), was born of American parents near Swindon, England in 1952. The family moved first back to Tacoma (WA), and then settled in San Francisco. He then went on to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelors of Music Education. After teaching in Cincy for a couple of years, he left for one year in 1977 to study Baroque Trumpet at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis der Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland. He's been living in Switzerland ever since. In 1980 he was hired by the Prep. Division of the Musik-Akademie first as a trumpet teacher, then ensemble conductor and later as conducting teacher, also at the Conservatory division. In 1995 he founded the Basel Trombone Quartet. He earned a Teaching Diploma in 1996 for Trombone and Euphonium.  Doing an about face in 2001, he was hired as "mostly Mac" System Engineer at the College for Industrial Design and Media Art in Aarau, Switzerland but moved on in 2008 to a similar position at the Ethnological Seminar at the University of Zürich. Retired from there July 2014.

Buzz grew up with dogs, albeit training way back then played no real role, more than teaching a sometimes "sit". In 1999 the family adopted Luna, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog mix. "Modern" gentler (so-called “balanced”) methods were just getting started then, so rewards and praise were mixed with the leash pops, loud, louder and loudest commands and alpha rolls. Luna was, in spite of all that, a super dog, but left much too early at age 8 1/2.

Then came Vela, his first pure-bred (all others had been rescues) - a Flat-Coated Retriever. Vela is a beauty but because of her character, she forced Buzz to seek other methods. He stumbled across Clicker Training as a great “new” start. Buzz did his version of Canine Freestyle with Vela (started with help from Claudia Moser) while his wife did Dummy work with Vela. Thanks to Vela, he  expanded his already broad-based dog-knowledge through studies for the Certificate Canine Behavior Science and Technology (CBST) from James O’Heare’s Companion Animal Sciences Institute. This is a combination program covering the dog training and behavior modification. In 2012 he completed the first ever Swiss Clicker Trainer certification course under Claudia Moser and Simone Fasel. In March 2013 he completed the Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) 5-day Instructors’ Course in Schwäbisch Hall (D). Attendee at the first european Clicker Expo, October 2014 Bromley Cross, Lancashire (UK).

As mentors: Claudia Moser and Heike Westedt. Seminars/Lessons with Claudia Moser, Christine Szakacs, Hetty van Hassel, Dr. Ute Blaschke-Berthold, Heike Westedt, Mirjam Cordt, Susi Roger, Sabine Neumann, Grisha Stewart, Dr. Adam Miklosi, Dr. Ray Coppinger, Chirag Patel, Jane Killion, Emily Larlham, Manuela Zaitz, Dr. Susan Friedman (LLA course in Austria), Dr. Daniel Mills, Kay Laurence, Malena DeMartini-Price, Karen Wild, Sarah Whitehead, Gerd Schreiber, Ken Ramirez, Cecilie Koste, Dr. Claudia Fugazza, Markus Mohr, Shade Whitesel, Thomas Riepe, Dr. Patricia McConnell and others.

Member of:  Truly Dog Friendly, IPDTA-CDT, Initiative für gewaltfreies Hundetraining

Leonard “Buzz” Cecil, CTDI*, TDCH*, Cert.CBST** is now retired and lives in the Baselland community of Lupsingen. For more information about me.


Introducing my book on evidence based canine fear treatments, their history, research, implementation. This is a book for canine behavior consultants who are looking past what is often given in webinars and seminars. I trace the history of Counterconditioning from it’s inception in 1924 to it’s present forms, Systematic Desensitization from it’s inception in 1958 to it’s present forms and the underlying processes. I also discuss “other” conditioning paradigms used today in fear treatments as well as “other” Learning Theories and how they can be applied to dogs with fear and fear aggression problems.

The book is available for free in PDF format.