Karen Ryder

Karen Ryder

Karen Ryder of Tao of the Hound started her journey of training and competing in 1983, when her husband-to-be gave her a lovely Belgian Tervuren. That set in motion an ongoing adventure in training and competing with dogs. Karen initially started training and competing in formal obedience, but she has competed successfully in a wide variety of canine sports.  Karen currently has 70 titles on 9 different dogs in Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, Weight Pull, Lure Coursing, Drafting, and Freestyle.  Karen also does tracking, Treibball, nosework, and therapy dog preparation. Karen’s love for the elderly prompted her participation in the weekly pet therapy program at the Ingham County Medical Care Facility in Okemos, Michigan and offer classes to prepare future therapy dogs for their certification test.



Karen’s impressive list of accomplishments includes:

  • 2009 St. Hubert’s National Ranking Award #1 Utility A Class with Diego
  • (BT Manhattan God’s Open Window)
  • Two UKC ultra dogs (Ultra dog #2 and #3)
  • AKC, UKC, and St. Hubert’s titles on nine dogs of multiple breeds
  • Titled obedience dogs through utility.
  • Have perfect scores in both formal and rally obedience.
  • Titled seven dogs of multiple breeds in UKC weight pull since 2002, four with national rankings, one still holds record of “Highest Percentage per Body Pound” on wheels
  • Currently a UKC weight pull judge
  • President of Midwest Weight Pullers from 2003 to 2010
  • Titled three dogs of multiple breeds in agility
  • Worked as assistant instructor for the Canine Training Center for seven years.
  • Participate in the weekly pet therapy program at Ingham Medical Care Facility since 2007
  • Offer Therapy Dog International test preparation classes
  • First Doberman to earn a UKC Lure Coursing title.


Be sure to check out Karen’s amazing freestyle competition videos! 


Karen Ryder

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Dog Parkour TM combines elements of human parkour and dog agility to create an accessible activity for dogs and humans alike. Dogs get introduced to the world of jumping, climbing, balancing over, crawling under, and going around different obstacles in their everyday world. Parkour can be done anywhere and is limited only by one’s imagination. Dog Parkour helps with confidence and overcoming fears, and it is a low impact but challenging activity for any canine athlete. 30 min. class sessions.

Tuesdays, 7:45-8:15 pm. Eight weeks: 8/1-9/19; 10/24-12/12

Saturdays, 5:30-6 pm. Eight weeks: 7/1-8/19; 8/26-10/21* *no class 9/2 or Drop in for $12

Price: $80.00
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Behavioral Adjustment Training (BAT) was developed by Grisha Stewart to rehabilitate and prevent dog reactivity. BAT® 2.0 helps animals gain confidence and social skills. BAT is a natural method that creates an emotionally safe interaction with minimal intrusion. BAT is especially useful when the “triggers” for frustration, aggression, or fear are living beings, for example when dogs bark at or bite other dogs or people. CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO TEN.

  • BAT gives animals maximum control of safety and other significant events in their lives.
  • BAT arranges safe scenarios where animals can socialize naturally and interact with triggers in socially acceptable ways. 

You will learn:

  • How to encourage or shape a "replacement behavior" that provides your dog with the same function as the unwanted behavior.
  • Why it's important to keep your dog calm in the presence of a trigger while teaching him to make good choices.
  • Practical ways to keep your dog from being pushed into a reactive state in and around your home and on walks. 

Thursdays 6/15-8/31. 6:30-7:30 pm 12 weeks: $240
Thursdays 6/15-8/31. 7:45-8:45 pm 12 weeks: $240

No dogs the first night of class. Please have a 15-20 ft. long line for your dog
and a Freedom Walk or similar front attachment harness. Bring the long line to the first class.

Price: $240.00
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Rally is a fun sport for all levels of dogs and handlers that is comprised of a variety of signs set in a course. Each dog and handler performs the described task on each sign making their way through the course. This six week class will teach a variety of behaviors such as loose leash walking, fronts, pivots,jumps,leaving distractions and more. A basic obedience course is required for this class. Please bring to class a bag of small, soft, easily eaten training treats for your dog. For best results bring small pieces of cheese or meat.

Saturdays 4:30-5:15 pm. Eight weeks: 7/1-8/19; 8/26-10/21* *no class 9/2. Or, drop in for $18

Price: $120.00
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This eight week class will start you on the path to "dancing with your dog". We will begin with teaching simple "dance moves", how to choreograph a routine and music selection. This class will also cover behavior chains, what they are and how to make them work for you. And how to use your reinforcement to get the most out of your dog. Class size is limited.

Saturdays 3-3:45 pm. Eight weeks 7/1-8/19; 8/26-10/21* *no class 9/2.  Or, drop in for $18.

Price: $120.00
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The Control Unleashed® class is for fearful/reactive dogs. This six week class will teach the dog and handler skills to cope with stressful situations,giving the dogs the ability to stay calm when faced with the triggers that cause inappropriate reactions. This class is limited. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED IN ADVANCE IN ORDER TO HOLD CLASS SPOT.

Tuesdays 6:30-7:15 pm. Eight weeks:  4/4-5/23; 6/6-7/25; 8/1-9/19; 10/24-12/12

Price: $120.00
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