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!
With cooler weather is moving in, Boredom Busters is a great way to keep your pet busy with fun games and activities that you can easily take home with you and have fun on those rainy, cool days. This class focuses on building a bond of trust and respect between the human and canine, while learning how to keep your pet mentally and physically stimulated.
Thursdays, 6:45-7:30 pm. Eight weeks: 1/18-3/8
This eight week class is based on the book by Leslie McDevitt "Control Unleashed®, the Puppy Program" and is meant to be preventive "medicine" as many common behavior problems can be prevented or minimized by giving your puppy a solid foundation from the beginning. This 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 common triggers that cause inappropriate reactions. This class provides a solid foundation to teach puppies how to cope in a chaotic world in an effort to help prevent unwanted behaviors. Please bring your dog to class on a soft buckle collar or front clip harness, a six foot leather or nylon leash. No retractable or chain leashes allowed. No prong/pinch collars allowed. Bring 2-3 quart bags of soft, small, easily eaten treats such as hot dogs, cheese or chicken. Bring an inexpensive, portable mat.
Are you tired of having someone else trim your dog’s nails? Does it take three people to hold your dog still to trim his nails? Does he pull away, growl, snap or bite if you try to touch his feet? If so, this nail trimming class is for you. In this 16 week class your dog will learn to willingly and without restraint allow you to handle his feet and trim his nails. With the use of positive reinforcement and the approach and retreat method, you will learn how to desensitize your dog to having his feet touched. Also covered in this class will be various targeting behaviors, muzzle training and other husbandry skills. Please bring your dog to class on a soft buckle collar or front clip harness, a six foot leather or nylon leash. No retractable or chain leashes allowed. No prong/pinch collars allowed.
Bring 2-3 quart bags of soft, small, easily eaten treats such as hot dogs, cheese or chicken. Bring a inexpensive, portable mat and sharp nail trimmers.
Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 pm. 16 weeks: 1/16-5/1
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: 1/16-3/6; 3/13-5/1