APDT Member Since 2011
Harmony Dog Training
Puppy socials, family obedience,and rally classes available. Will also teach privately at your home. Show coaching, owner-handler breed handling classes, and private show handling also available.
Job Title: Head Trainer
Training Equipment: Positive Reinforcement Training methods
Training Philosophy: People learn from their dogs and visa versa. I believe that we are partners and can have life enrichment as a team.
Locations Served: Niagara County in New York State
New York State
Karen believes that she is always learning from her canine friends. She started showing dogs at the age of 12 as a junior handler and member of the Onondaga Junior Kennel Club in upstate, NY. In her career, she has owned and shown numerous dogs to their championship as well as, taught handling skills to adults and juniors. In 1997, Karen started training and competing in agility and helped her 10 yr. old golden (Teton) achieve his Agility Excellent in 2004. Karen's Golden Retrievers, have all competed in agility. Karen’s Pointer, Parker had a brilliant showing career reaching an all-systems ranking of 3rd in the US in 2008-2009. Parker was completely owner-handled.
Karen has worked at the Paws ‘N Effect Canine Training Center in Hamden, CT as Manager for the Paws for Play Canine Day Program as well as an instructor for Breed Handling classes and a co-instructor for the Family Basics Obedience classes from 2005-2011. In Sept. 2011 Karen established Harmony Dog Training in Western NY and currently classes and private instruction for family obedience, dog showing, rally, foundation agility, Barn hunting, and Therapy Dog.
Many of her students (human and canine) have achieved titles, ribbons and wins after taking classes from Karen. Some of her students have:
• Gained International titles
• Finished Canine Good Citizen certification
• Completed Championships
All have had loads of fun together as human and canine partners!
Karen has studied dog training and handling with Ray & Ginger Scott, George Alston, Monique Plinck, Melody Lynn and Kathy Shea, CPDT, Cara MulQueen, CPDT. She has also studied dog behavior by attending seminars with Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, PhD, Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists at Cornell University and with Brenda Aloff, professional dog trainer. She is a member of the Pointer Associates of New England, American Pointer Club, Chamber USA of Niagara County, and the Newfane Business Association.