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Now that these books are published and I have moved back to the Ozark Mountains 
I have time to offer dog training again 
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Training Includes your choice of a book and a certificate of graduation (by request from you)

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For those of you who are new to Family Disaster Dogs 
I've spent my life dedicated to dogs as a professional. I'm a former large kennel and award winning pet spa owner, professional master show and pet groomer, high-end west coast pet boarding manager, also worked at animal clinics. 

The last ten years and currently, I share online and in books, what I learned from the many dogs I have known. (and owners too) I simply enjoy working with dogs, I always have. I still groom and train a few dogs upon request.  

2022 I moved back to Arkansas from the Oregon coast.

30 years producing accomplished dogs and still training dogs since 1976

Published Author since 1992 fiction and non-fiction

I ONLY use positive training methods, praise, love, teamwork and reward with years of knowledge.

I Never use shock or pinch collars.

I have always worked with dogs and dedicated my life to all areas of their care.

I offer Personalized Dog Training 
  • Remote Training via Phone or Video Chat
  • In-person class or workshop 

Family Disaster Dog  (Disaster Preparedness with Pets)

K9 Search and Rescue Sport or Work 

Mantrailing, Tracking, Area Search, Rubble, HRD/Cadaver 

I no longer offer obedience training but I'm available to coach you so you can train your dog yourself.

Be sure to put Training in the subject line

I get to many spam calls to post my number..

You will be contacted to arrange dates and pay at class

Norfork Lake Area 
Mountain Home Arkansas

1. Search and Rescue Dog/handler one-on-one training 
Train to FEMA standards for those wishing to be operational and pass certification, volunteer and working handler dog teams. Training is tailored to fit your needs and schedule.  All disciplines. 

2. Train for Search & Rescue Dog Sport for Pets too! 

Mantrailing and Scent Work is a great activity to do with all dogs and everyone is welcome. 

Your Dog Will Be Finding a Person the very First Day!

Contact email contact me 

I'm a member of National K9SAR Sport and Working Search Dog organizations. 

Check out the ARSA to learn about K9SAR Sports 

• The American Rettungshunde Sport Association (ARSA) is a national organization dedicated to the search and rescue sport. We offer an internationally-recognized training program for SAR and dog sport handlers in scent work, agility, and obedience.

Here's my Dog Training Virtual Campus-online Courses ( I will be moving the courses below in 2024 so they will be available directly from me as downloads, less cost for you too. Then people will not have to sign-up at other platforms.)

Unlimited Class Size and Lifetime Access 

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Check out my online courses at Teachable

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 Family Disaster Dogs Course  (Includes Mantrailing)
International Cadaver Dog-HRD Course  (Not the same as USA training for K9SAR )

Online Courses include step by step instructions, pictures, videos and direct access to me.
You Get Lifetime access to the course
I update courses from time to time and you can always sign-in 

I'm well known for using gentle knowledgeable handling skills and positive praise to establish teamwork with our k9 companions


                                      Here's my girl, Washee showing off her education

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Welcome UK and worldwide visitors and friends to Family Disaster Dogs online! Although I'm an American author and dog professional the worldwide web has given me the opportunity to connect with some wonderful folks who have contributed pictures for my books. The "Start Mantrailing" book features RRI K9 North Scotland trained Search and Rescue Dog "Amber" on the cover and her teammates training in the book, plus American dogs using my training methods. A portion of sales of the Start Mantrailing book or copies were donated to RRI North Scotland. The children's picture book "My Puppy Can Find Me" has my daughter and bloodhound as illustrations by UK cartoonist Scotty King. You can find the books on Amazon UK or use the contact page to order from me. When you click the links will take you to your own county pages of this site.

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