About Us

About Me

Owner/Trainer – Tina Stafford

I started my training in 1990  when I bought my first Jack Russell Terrier, I had seen the dogs on TV and thought they were so cute… Boy did I need to learn quickly, I took classes from award-winning trainers in Competition Obedience, Had private trainers come to my house, and took a ton of classes. The one thing I learned very quickly was that this breed will not tolerate abusive training techniques, the more I got aggressive the more they got aggressive… go figure! By 1996 I was showing JRTs in conformation, racing, earthwork, Agility and taking them back east to hunt with hunting judges. 

I started to have the most fun running my dogs in Agility. Taking classes, attending seminars and reading numerous books about the sport. In 1998 I got a job teaching at the Bethel K9 Training Center I was teaching obedience and quickly had my boss buying agility equipment and fencing off backyard. Some of these students are still with me today… Most have different dogs than when they started but have also found the love of this sport. I started my own business in 2005 renting a covered lighted horse arena on Spruce Rd. and adding an indoor facility at my own property, I’m in the process of finishing an arena of my own which will hopefully be up and running this year 2016. 

MY TEAM

Trainer – Amanda Boyd

Amanda is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and is committed to using progressive, force-free training methods. After graduating from Olympia High School, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and has a strong background in the art and science of animal learning. She has been working professionally with dogs since 2000 and has supplemented her hands-on experience with formal training in classes, seminars, and workshops given by leaders in the field of dog behavior and training.

Amanda worked for nearly ten years as Senior Trainer with Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue,  where she helped hundreds of families build relationships with their newly adopted dogs and puppies. In addition to puppy classes and basic manners, Amanda has developed and taught a wide range of innovative courses including Double Dog Manners, Manners About Town, Reactive Rover, and Shy Dog Manners. She is known as the “go to” person for Reactive Rover training in the Puget Sound region

Amanda is equal parts dog person and people person. She is a big believer in giving back to the community and regularly contributes to organizations that work to improve the lives of human and non-human animals, including numerous animal shelters, retirement homes, senior centers, and schools in the Puget Sound area. Amanda was Adoption and Admissions Supervisor for Seattle Humane Society for more than three years and was Dog Program Manager at Woodinville’s Homeward Pet Adoption Center for more than a year. In 2006, she set a record for the number of dogs adopted from Homeward Pet. She also volunteered weekly with the Canine Connections program at Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie for more than five years.

Amanda was a regular contributor to the Journal Newspapers’ “Pampered Pets” column, and her training advice has been featured on The Animal Rescue Site, The Bark Blog, and in both City Dog and Dog Fancy magazines. 

Amanda lives in Gig Harbor with her four adopted dogs and regularly competes in agility and barn hunt. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Approved Evaluator, and an active member of Puget Sound Positive Trainers (PSPT).  

MY TEAM

Trainer – Lisa Triggs, M.Sc.

Lisa has over 25 years of exotic and domestic animal training experience. Her passion and dedication to animals and training is infectious. She grew up on the east coast with a house full of cats and dogs.  While attending college, she worked at several vet offices and a cat and dog boarding facility.  She trained her first dog to be a therapy dog and visited nursing homes each week.  In her senior year of college, Lisa’s mom sparked her passion for marine mammals when she invited Lisa for a day long behind the scenes at the New York Aquarium (NYA).  When Lisa graduated, with a Bachelor degree in Psychology/Animal Behavior, she started working full time at the NYA training a variety of critters including walrus, seals, and sea otters.  In 1996, Lisa left the east coast for the Pacific Northwest and a job training marine animals at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.  In 2008, she returned to school to obtain a Master’s of Science in Biology.  Lisa has dabbled in many dog sports but finds the most joy in trick training and dog agility.  She has titles on various dogs including the AKC Canine Good Citizen and advanced Trick titles, as well as titles in three different agility venues.  She and her animal-loving husband share their Port Orchard home with 7 dogs, 5 cats, and 2 horses.   

She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Trick Evaluator, a Certified Service Dog Trainer and an active board member for the Rainier Agility Team.”

MY TEAM

Ann Waterbury, CNWI, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB. NACSW

Ann is a certified nose work instructor along with certified professional dog trainer and UW certified in applied animal behavior.  She is also a Teaching Assistant (in training) for Susan Freidman’s Living and Learning with Animals class. Ann works for the NACSW in their Education division creating content for certified instructors and building a cohesive program for the approx. 500 certified instructors all around the world.

 

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Address

10680 Ridge Rim Trl. SE Port Orchard WA 98367

Contact

HM: 360-876-2426
Cell: 360-731-9605
Email: fourpawfun@msn.com

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