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Now that my books are published and I have moved back to the Ozark Mountains 
I have time to offer dog training again 
Sign-up below to discuss your dog's education

Includes your choice of  a book and a certificate of graduation

Irish Water Spaniel
 AKC Grand Champions  
For those of you who are new to Family Disaster Dogs 
I'm a retired kennel and pet spa owner, professional master show and pet groomer, high-end west coast pet boarding manager. (retired)
Certified K9SAR Bloodhound specialty and all breed-Search Dog Volunteer (retired)
30 years producing accomplished dogs and training dogs since 1976

Author since 1992

I ONLY use positive training methods, praise, love and reward with 40 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 4 ways
  • Remote Training via Phone or Video Chat
  • In-person class or workshop 
  • Board and Train your dog for you
  • Dog Day School (you drop-off and pick-up dog for me to work with, prearranged day/time)  
  • Boarding/daycare without training

Obedience, Problem Solving, Manners, Family Disaster Dog, K9 Search and Rescue Sport or Work Mantrailing,  Area Search, Rubble, HRD/Cadaver 

Call 541-991-0584 or click > to Sign-up by sending me an email 
You will be contacted after sign-up to arrange dates and pay at class

1. Phone Advice and online video chat Dog Training  $45.00 a hour by appointment 
Get answers and help with any dog question you have

2. Private one-on-one Dog Training In-person 1 hour $95.00 by appointment 

3. Dog Training Workshop $150.00
Work on skills of your choice for  2 to 4 hours 

4. Board and Train $75.00 a night and we can add-on a grooming before your dog goes home

5. Daycare or Overnight care no training $25.00 a day

Call or email to discuss your dog staying with me as I only have a couple dog guests at a time so they get all my attention. 

Your dog will enjoy a large comfortable sleeping suite in the indoor dog training gym with plenty of  toys and outdoors exercise on 5 acres in the beautiful Ozark mountains. All dogs are under my personal care 24/7, none are let run loose or unsupervised. I take a lot of pride in providing safe secure care for dogs. I have excellent references.

With all training you get to call me anytime in the life of your pet for free advice.

Workshop Info

Instead of the usual weekly dog training class that covers one skill a week. 

We meet for 2 or 4 hours to train and you receive hand-outs for homework to practice at home. Plus you can call anytime for help or advice.

  • I teach you how-to handle and train your dog several skills instead of 1 skill.  
  • Example, obedience, we work on sit, come, walk nice on lead, lay, stay all in the same day. 
  • Mantrailing workshop your dog is finding people the first day! Great fun!
  • Workshops are 2 - 4 hours each day with discussion and instruction to show you how to train your dog at home. 
  • Come once learn the skills you want or come monthly to advance in skills
  • Lodging and camping recommendations available if your visiting from out of the area. I have a RV site and tent camping available on site.

See below then Click here to Sign-up by sending me an email with Training as the subject

  • Family Disaster Dogs Workshop

Discussion about Preparing for Disasters and Evacuation with a Dog's Help

You will learn what supplies to have and carry to be prepared for emergencies and teach your dog to help during evacuation. You'll also learn and pack an emergency Go-Bag (Bug-out Bag) with survival items.

Start Training your  Dog to Find Missing Family and Friends 
Your dog will be finding a family member at the end of this fun workshop and the whole family will know what to do when disasters strike.

1 of my dog training books included, your choice

  • Obedience and Manners Workshop

Walk Nice on Leash, Come when Called, Sit-Stay, Manners as needed, Heel with Sit, Lay-Stay, Put all Skills Together

  • Mantrailing-Tracking Live People or Animals Workshop

Best for 6 month and older dogs. All Breeds welcomed. No previous training needed. 

Your dog will be finding people or pets the very first day! 

This is a great fun activity for reactive dogs and those who want to be involved in working Search and Rescue cases or join a sport group for titles. 

Advanced training available to certification level. The dog is worked to find missing persons hours/days later on multiple surfaces in all weather, urban and rural. You learn all aspects of response for actual K9 Search and Rescue work. 

  • The Sport of K9 Search and Rescue Workshop

Train for the sport of K9 Search and Rescue which is a new fun activity in the USA for all dog breeds.

We find hidden people with our dogs and work obstacle courses. Come and train to compete in fun trials and seminars. 

If you want to compete with your dog in sport events to score points to earn prizes and titles, you can travel to national events and advance to represent the USA overseas. I can  train you. I'm a member of  the American Rettungshunde Sport Association (ARSA) which is dedicated to the search and rescue sport. It is incorporated as a non-stock (not-for-profit) corporation in the State of Virginia and is a member of the American Working Dog Federation. ARSA operates under the international rules issued jointly by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the International Rescue Dog Organization (IRO).

K9 Search and Rescue-K9SAR

I will be hosting and offering K9SAR training seminars in 2023 for anyone interested. This is great fun for a dog to do and everyone is welcome. Pets and families are encouraged to come to train with me and continue training to win prizes. 

To be on the seminar mailing list contact me 

If you would like to train in-person with your dog in the Mountain Home Arkansas area. Please Put Training in the subject line of email.

If you would like to send your dog to me for training...I will work with your dog by boarding and training the dog for you then show you how to handle and work the dog along with answer questions you may have about being active in K9SAR.

Below are my online courses at Teachable and I will soon have these available on my new store at

Dog Training Virtual Campus-online Courses 
Unlimited Class Size and Lifetime Access 

Sign-up Below and learn at home.

      Learn in the comfort of  your home where emergencies happen !

Click one to Sign-up and Read about Course
 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

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


      Here's Washee showing off her education.

        Get your dog an education today!


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Welcome UK visitors 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 North Scotland Search Dog "Amber" on the cover and her teammates in the book, plus American dogs I know. 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 visit my book page above to order from me.

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