Currently my pack includes:

A Belgian Tervuren (Kyrie pronounced K-ear EE)

A rescued terrier mix (Seamus pronounced Shay Mus)

A precocious Maine Coon cat (Breacan pronounce BrEE Can)

Two cuddly Guinea Pigs (Emeber and Snowstorm)

Two wall sticking Crested Geckos (Smog and Manx)

Three somewhat cranky Leopard Geckos (Dragonfly, Savannah and Cinders)

The most important, supportive and loved people in my life:

Matheu my amazing husband and often chauffeur

Anna our awesome daughter​ and frequent camera operator

I like listening to my daughters stories and looking at her art, going for motorcycle rides with Matheu and watching science fiction as a family.  My addictions are working and playing with my dogs, reading (massive amounts of reading), learning, going for walks, ice cream and chocolate, and playing computer games (Skyrim is still my current favorite).

Pack members who've passed on but are still present in our hearts:

Dallas, Black Thing, Squeak, Henry, Mia, Hayseed, Keltie and Soren.

dog trainer Sarah

I have always loved dogs and began working with them shortly out of high school as a grooming assistant and kennel attendant at a boarding and training facility.

However, working with them was not enough, I needed to know more.

So I went to dog training school and in July of 1996 I graduate from the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Trainer.  I have been training professionally ever since. 

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I want to explain simply, coach effectively and inspire your success.​

~Sarah Crum

dog trainer Sarah with a group of well behaved dogs

I have worked with area vets, groomers, and rescue groups, done therapy work with the Delta Society (now Pet Partners), provided demos for cub and boy scouts, helped with merit badge counseling, participated in AKC obedience and rally competitions, taught fun agility and trained several service dogs.

Every aspect of dogs is fascinating: training, diet, nutrition, behavior, and structure.  I am a knowledge addict - you can never know it all or even know enough to stop learning.  Therefore, through continued reading, participation in professional associations (National K-9 Dog Trainers Association, the International Association of Canine Professionals, and the T3 alumni), email groups, select Facebook pages, seminars and other continuing education opportunities such as the Volhard Healthy Dog Conference and the IACP Conference, I am continually expanding my knowledge base, training methods and available tools.

My goal is to help you reach your goals - together we can help you have your best dog possible!

Sarah getting licks from two dogs

Each dog is an individual and each family is unique.

I love discovering your goals, desires and needs in order to customize training for your family so that you can succeed.

I work with all sizes, ages and types of dogs, with all kinds of behavior and physical issues.

I believe dogs need balance in their lives:

  • A balance of structure to freedom
  • A balance of yes and no
  • nurture and guidance
  • work and free time
  • exercise/excitement and calm/quiet time
  • praise for learning and accomplishment vs. reasonable consequences for refusing known commands or inappropriate behavior.
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I know what an impact nutrition, reasonable vaccination protocols, essential oils, chiropractic, homeopathy and acupuncture have on increasing our dog's quality of life and lifespan, and as well as decreasing vet bills.  I have first hand experience that they also dramatically affect a dog's behavior and train-ability!  Dogs on good food and complementary protocols simply are better and easier.

young dog trainer Sarah at the dog training school National K9
happy small dog in man's arms

Dog training - helping YOUR dog make

Life Appropriate Choices!

dog trainer Sarah with a group of dogs and clients
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