Sarah Baker CPDT-KA
Sarah Baker CPDT-KA Agility, Fun and Focus, and Tricks instructor
“So on our first trip to AKC Nationals (2013) both Rice and Dillon earned a Q in Time2beat and in all 3 rounds. Plus, Rice placed 3rd in Rd 2 Standard and ran clean in Rd 3 Hybrid, moving him on to the Challenger Round where he placed 2nd!”
SARAH BAKER, PET DOG, AGILITY, K9 NOSE WORK INSTRUCTOR
Rice Challenger round 2nd place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RJ21ptWR-I&feature=share
Rice Rd 2 Standard 3rd place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgzmsuhFvTQ
Rice Rd 3 Hybrid 9th place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90NIJV0X4iM
Sarah Baker became interested in dog training when she was 13 years old. She wanted to be a veterinarian and thought that in addition to training her own chickens, guinea pigs and cockatiels, training guide dogs would be great hands on experience.
In 2005, that led to her first guide dog puppy, Campo, a black lab. Campo got her hooked and she ended up raising and training 5 more guide dog puppies and 7 other service dog puppies. In 2000, she made a career of training dogs and started teaching classes and private lessons. Since then she has been attending APDT conferences and Clicker Expos, became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a Certified Nose Work Instructor, and a Canine Good Citizen and Public Access Test Evaluator and is a long time member of the Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound.
Sarah’s current dogs are a 4 year old male Yellow Lab named Mtn Start’s Mr. Mellow RE MX MXJ XF NW2 AD CGC PAT or Rice, and a 4 year old Border Collie/Rottweiler mix named MACH Dillon the Dog XF T2B MAD NW2 CGC or Dillon.
Sarah began competing in rally obedience with Rice when he was a puppy. She was quickly hooked and now also competes in agility and Nose Work. Some of her dog’s titles include Rally Excellent, Master Agility Excellent Jumpers, Agility Excellent, Excellent FAST, Advanced Agility Dog, Performance Dog II, Nose Work 1 & 2, Canine Good Citizen, Canine Good Citizen and Public Access Test.
When asked what breeds she has worked with, Sarah said “I stopped counting in 2006 when the list of breeds grew over 100!” Some of the best advice Sarah was given regarding dog training was that it is okay to make mistakes and dogs (and us humans!) can learn just as much from their mistakes as their successes. Sarah enjoys dogs because of how smart and entertaining they are. She loves training and playing with them!
She enjoys instructing because it allows her to help dogs and their humans communicate better, to become better partners and to have fun together! She teaches Agility and Agility Foundation classes here; as well as an occasional tricks class.