Paw and Hand K9 has been a thriving, family owned business since 2008. We are balanced dog trainers striving to provide you with the best services you could ever ask for. Located in Aumsville, Oregon just outside of Salem, we are close enough to the highway to be convenient for those of you traveling long distances, and just far enough outside the city to enjoy some of the country feel on your way here. Our people truly care about you and your dog's needs and have the experience to provide you both with exactly what you need. The proof is in the pudding, give us a call and come check us out.
Having been raised on a farm, Merissa's passion for animals began at a very young age. Her upbeat personality combined with almost two decades of experience and knowledge makes each session a positive experience for both dog and handler. She thrives watching the dogs in her charge improve and advance in their skills bringing joy and relief to their handlers. She pushes herself in the crazy sport of Schutzhund that she's totally hooked into, and loves the gratification she feels when her clients overcome challenges and develop their understanding of how to create better results with their dogs. She specializes in the areas of human aggression and reactivity, leash skills, puppy foundations, competitive obedience, tricks, and obstacles.
Kevin first became involved in training dogs as volunteer work, raising Labrador retriever puppies to be Seeing Eye dogs. In 2005, Kevin earned his formal certification through Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers. He then spent time working professionally at Guide Dogs for the Blind and moved on to train pet dogs professionally. Kevin has trained thousands of dogs in disciplines such as basic obedience dog training and behavior problems, as well as helped many handler teams that have competed at the club, regional, and national levels in the sport of Schutzhund.
He is always improving and learning about dog training theories, and principles. Having been involved in the sport of Schutzhund for over 13 years and he has trained and earned 31 Sch Titles with 11 different dogs at the local, regional, and National competition level. He tests and validates his training methods on the field with his dogs, not on your dog. Experience and results that you can see and validate, not just information posted on a website, social media or claims.
Outside of his profession, training dogs is still Kevin's favorite past time. His personal favorite dog sport is Schutzhund, which involves tracking, obedience, and protection work, similar to police dog training. He also is a coach for handlers working towards achieving Schutzhund/IGP titles and has many informative videos through his website. www.schutzhundkevin.com
Your dog will stay in our home, in a family environment. Everyone here has spent their life with training dogs. The children, as well as the other animals (pigs, chickens, bunny, cat, dogs, horse) are all well versed and prove extremely helpful in helping the training dogs to improve their focus and self discipline.
Our doggie bedroom. This is where the dogs sleep at night. Being part of our home, it is climate controlled, never lonely and always close to us.
Great for after dark sessions or sessions outside the home during inclement weather.
Plenty of secured space to run, train and feel free!
Outside, roofed areas for going potty! They are kept clean, disinfected, and supplied with plenty of fresh water.
Fenced in play yard for free time and group play when increasing distance before reaching the freedom of the field.