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.

Meet Maegan Payne, an instructor with Tao of the Hound who also offers group classes at AnnaBelle's.  Maegan became interested in dogs as a young child and spent much of her time reading and learning as much as possible about them. After spending her childhood fascinated by animal behavior. she began to expand her animal knowledge to sheep, which she raised and showed in middle school. This rooted her interest in a variety of animal species and behavior, leading Maegan to earn a degree in Animal Science at Michigan State University.

Maegan has worked with at least 15 different species of animals including ponies, donkeys, goats, pigs, poultry, llamas, alpacas and some exotic animals. Maegan has been an Assistant Trainer at Tao of the Hound,LLC for three years and has become an invaluable member of the training team. Maegan's education in dog and other animal behavior has continued with her completing a week long training program at the Karen Pryor National Training Center (The Ranch), the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo, a Behavior Adjustment Training (B.A.T.®) seminar, an International Dog Parkour Association Instructor course, and a Puppy Start Right instructor course. Maegan enjoys competing in Barn Hunt, Rally and Parkour with her dog Danny. She is also active in volunteering for the Capital Area Humane Society, fostering and rehabilitating dogs. Currently, Maegan is offering a Boredom Busters class and a Puppy Control Unleashed® class.

 

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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This time is available for current students and long time clients to work one on one with Karen Ryder of Tao of the Hound. It can be used for problem behaviors, coaching for competitive dog sports or learning new skills. You may book one session or as many as you would like. $20 per one 30 minute session.

PRIVATE SESSIONS ARE FOR ESTABLISHED CLIENTS/STUDENTS ONLY!

Saturdays in December 3-4:30 pm* *No classes 12/22 and 12/29.

IF YOU REGISTER FOR A PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION WITH KAREN RYDER AFTER 5 PM ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SCHEDULED SESSION, PLEASE CALL HER DIRECTLY AT 517.589.5436 AND LET HER KNOW THAT YOU'VE REGISTERED.

Price: $25.00
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For dogs new to Parkour or dogs that want to develop on the basic Parkour behaviors.  Parkour is a great way to build confidence, explore the world, and have fun with your dog! 45 min. class sessions.

Thursdays, 7:30-8:15 pm.  Eight weeks: 11/29-1/17

**Class taught by Maegan Payne**

Price: $139.00
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Considering getting a dog? Have a new dog? Just want to learn? The Right Foot Series is definitely for you!

Students do not bring dogs to this class.  Rather, this is an interactive lecture for those considering adding a dog to their family, or those who want to build a deeper relationship with their furry family member.  The class will cover the following topics on a weekly basis:

9/27: Choosing a Dog

10/4: Bringing a Dog Home

10/11: Canine Development

10/18: Canine Socialization and Body Language

10/25: Behavior Problem Solving

11/1: Speaking Dog Part 1

11/8: Speaking Dog Part 2

11/15: Speaking Dog Part 3

Thursdays, 7:45-8:30 pm.  Eight weeks: 9/27-11/15 
Sign up for the whole series for only $99 or drop in to each session for $15 each.

**Class taught by Maegan Payne**

Price: $99.00
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This time is available for current students and long time clients to work one on one with Karen Ryder of Tao of the Hound. It can be used for problem behaviors, coaching for competitive dog sports or learning new skills. You may book one session or as many as you would like. $25 per one 30 minute session.

PRIVATE SESSIONS ARE FOR ESTABLISHED CLIENTS/STUDENTS ONLY!

Saturdays in October 3-5:00 pm* *no class 10/13

IF YOU REGISTER FOR A PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION WITH KAREN RYDER AFTER 5 PM ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SCHEDULED SESSION, PLEASE CALL HER DIRECTLY AT 517.589.5436 AND LET HER KNOW THAT YOU'VE REGISTERED.

Price: $25.00
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This time is available for current students and long time clients to work one on one with Karen Ryder of Tao of the Hound. It can be used for problem behaviors, coaching for competitive dog sports or learning new skills. You may book one session or as many as you would like. $25 per one 30 minute session.

PRIVATE SESSIONS ARE FOR ESTABLISHED CLIENTS/STUDENTS ONLY!

Saturdays in November 3-4:30 pm* *no class 11/24

IF YOU REGISTER FOR A PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION WITH KAREN RYDER AFTER 5 PM ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SCHEDULED SESSION, PLEASE CALL HER DIRECTLY AT 517.589.5436 AND LET HER KNOW THAT YOU'VE REGISTERED.

Price: $25.00
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Puppy Start Right is for fostering and enhancing a parenting relationship among people and their dogs. It's a positive approach to problem solving, prevention, and training, all without the use of force. Problem-solving topics address common behaviors of adolescent dogs, including mouthing/biting, jumping, chewing, digging, counter surfing, and stealing objects. Prevention topics include confinement/independence training, food bowl exercises, handling and restraint, and more. 

Thursdays 6:45-7:30 p.m. Eight Weeks: 11/29-1/17

**Class taught by Maegan Payne**
Price: $139.00
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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 5-6 pm. Six weeks: 11/3-12/15* *no class 11/24

Price: $139.00
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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 to 4 participants. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED IN ADVANCE IN ORDER TO HOLD CLASS SPOT.

Tuesdays 6:30-7:15 pm. Eight weeks:  10/30-12/18

Tuesdays 7:45-8:30 pm.  Eight Weeks: 10/30-12/18

Price: $159.00
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