Paw and Hand K9 has been a thriving, family owned business since 2008. We are balanced dog trainers striving to provide you with the most successful Board and Train services in the country. 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.
Merissa's journey into the world of animal care began on a farm, where her passion for animals took root. With over two decades of dedicated experience, she has evolved into a highly skilled professional in canine development. Her warm and upbeat demeanor, coupled with a deep understanding of dogs' needs and behaviors, creates a positive, enriching, no BS environment in every training session.
Specializing in areas such as aggression, reactivity, puppy foundations, competitive obedience, task training and confidence-building, Merissa brings a wealth of expertise to her clients. Her commitment to success is evident in her active participation in the competitive sport of Schutzhund and IGP.
Merissa finds immense joy in witnessing dogs under her care progress and thrive, bringing relief and happiness to their handlers. Her client-focused approach empowers individuals to overcome challenges, fostering a stronger bond with their furry companions.
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
Our home is open and available for the dogs. Everyone here has spent their life with training dogs. The children, as well as the other animals (pigs, chickens, bunny, cat, dogs, horses and goats) are all well versed and prove extremely helpful in helping the training dogs to improve their focus and self discipline.
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Our doggie bedroom. This is where the dogs sleep at night. It is climate controlled, never lonely and always close to us.
Our original doggie bedroom. It is an addition onto our home, it is climate controlled, never lonely and always close to us. This room is reserved for special students.
Great for after dark sessions or sessions outside the home during inclement weather. Currently getting remodeled!
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.
We have Chickens that lay beautiful Farm Fresh Eggs, Horses, Pigs, Geese, Goats, a sweet little Bunny and a good ol' Barn Cat. If animals are a distraction to your dog, we've got you covered. Our garden also produces wonderful fresh food! Another great opportunity for your dogs to practice good manners instead of being destructive.
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