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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Rodent Adventure Tracking (RAT)™ is an interdisciplinary sport that combines scents and obstacles to engage a dog’s five senses and express their instincts in an urban setting. Dogs apply their hunting instincts to find hidden rodents. Everyday objects found in homes and basements such as fabric, boxes, boards, etc. are used to hide the rodents and add difficulty. This tests the dog’s ability to hunt and the handler’s ability to read the dog.
The sport also includes obstacles that test the dog’s agility, balance, confidence, and creativity. Courses are set up to allow dogs to climb, tunnel, balance, jump, crawl and display other shows of athleticism in pursuit of the rodent. RAT is for any dog and handler, regardless of age and physical ability. This is a sporting event, and as such there are levels of difficulty. RAT is a solo sport, allowing dogs with fear, anxiety, or reactivity to participate and build confidence in a safe environment.

Saturdays, 4-5 pm: 4 weeks: 9/7-9/28

Saturdays, 4-5 pm: 4 weeks: 11/2-11/23

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All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $95.00
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This class will teach you how to teach your dog almost anything. It will focus on learning skills that form the building blocks for behavior. These skills will set you and your puppy up for a life of mutual respect and communication. For dogs 8 weeks to six months old.
Please bring your puppy 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.

Thursdays 8:45-9:30 p.m. Eight weeks: 8/15-10/3

**Class taught by Maegan Payne**

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $139.00
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Private sessions are available to established students only to work one on one with Karen Ryder of Tao of the Hound.  Sessions can be used for problem behaviors, coaching for competitive dog sports or learning new skills.  Students may book one session or as many as the student would like. $25 per one 30 minute session.  

PRIVATE SESSIONS ARE FOR ESTABLISHED CLIENTS/STUDENTS ONLY.

NO REFUNDS ONCE PRIVATE TRAINING SESSIONS ARE BOOKED.

Select Saturdays 3:00 pm-5:00 pm 8/10, 8/17, 10/5, 10/26, 12/7,12/14

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

Price: $25.00
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Private sessions are available to established students only to work one on one with Karen Ryder of Tao of the Hound.  This time can be used for problem behaviors, coaching for competitive dog sports or learning new skills.  Established students may book one session at a time or as many as the student likes.   

PRIVATE SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO ESTABLISHED STUDENTS ONLY

NO REFUNDS PERMITTED ONCE PRIVATE TRAINING SESSIONS ARE BOOKED.

Saturdays in July 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

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

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Class held outdoors, weather permitting. No experience necessary. Learn to interact with the environment in a new and fun way and gain confidence doing it! More advanced parkour dogs will work on more challenging concepts, while beginners will focus foundation skills and history of Dog Parkour. Harness is required for safety. Check out Lansing Parkour Dogs on facebook and instagram for examples of what to expect. 

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.  Eight weeks: 8/15-10/3

**Class taught by Maegan Payne**

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $139.00
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This class focuses on pattern games and the tools to give your dog the skills to cope with the world. We will also cover effective socialization using a deliberate focused method. This class is great for handling your over-excited pup, your shy pup, or as a preventive tool for reactivity. All dogs will have their own working stations.

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 and the book Reactive to Relaxed by Leslie McDevitt. (For dogs 6 month- 1 year - other ages accepted based on availability in class and instructor approval). 

Thursdays 7:45-8:30 p.m. Eight weeks: 8/15-10/3

**Class taught by Maegan Payne**

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $139.00
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The Control Unleashed® class is for fearful/reactive dogs. This twelve 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. 12 weeks: 9/17-12/17

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:15 pm. 12 weeks: 9/17-12/17

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $275.00
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