Meet Our Dog Trainers

Risë Quay, agility dog trainer, former conformation instructor and obedience trainer  

A retired college professor, Risë, has been training dogs longer than she would like to admit! She grew up with Rough Collies, Standard Poodles, and Afghan Hounds. As a young adult, she titled Great Danes, Basenjis, and Standard Schnauzers in obedience, earning high in trial awards with the Danes and Schnauzers.

 

Risë has bred Great Danes and Standard Schnauzers, breeding both best in show and high in trial dogs (agility and obedience), MACH, OTCH, and TDX, as well as many specialty winners. She has handled dogs from the Working, Terrier, and Herding group to specialty and group-level awards. 

 

Let's not forget agility! Risë introduces herself as "an agility addict" and truly believes agility is the most fun a human can have with a dog. She trains with other professionals and competes on a regular basis to improve and expand her understanding and skills of this evolving sport. If you are a person who has trouble keeping up with a dog, or want to have the most fun you can even imagine with agility, this approach is for you! Risë Is a member of both Portland Agility Club and Columbia Agility Team and has titled dogs to  agility championships in both AKC (MACH) and USDAA (ADCH). Risë currently  teaches agility   here at Pup-A-Razzi.

 

Over the years, Risë has seen training evolve from "corrections" to positive training-and especially likes to utilize clicker work with young and beginning dogs. When used correctly, the clicker is a great tool to teach dogs quickly what behaviors people appreciate. A student of dog behavior for many years, she enjoys training because of the rapport it creates between dog and handler. Her goal as both a breeder and trainer is to pass on the joy she receives daily from her own dogs...and can give back to the dogs with positive and consistent interaction and play responses.  Watch for Naughty Pants (Standard Schnauzer) in agility and obedience and Tuck (Belgian Malinois) in agility in 2017. 

 

Jana Gray, Obedience trainer

Jana Gray loves all dogs but grew up with German Shepherds and still likes German Shepherds and other herding type dogs the most. She currently lives in Carlton, Oregon with a German Shepherd and a Border Collie. In addition to the two dogs, her family includes two children, four horses, twelve cats, ten chickens and one very patient husband.

She completed the Dog Trainers Academy at San Francisco SPCA with Jean Donaldson and taught dog training classes at the Napa Valley Dog training club for five years before making the move to Oregon She prefers positive reinforcement training and clicker training. She is also a veteran of Chicken Camp with Bob Bailey. She competed in AKC obedience for a short time earning a CGC and CD with her German Shepherd Dog, Morgan and a CGC with mixed breed Cleo.

She was a foster mom for German Shepherd rescue in California and then set out on her own creating an independent rescue group focusing on the white German Shepherds and at one time had as many as five dogs in residence. She is a graduate of UC Davis and teaches high school science when not training dogs

 

 

 

 

Lucy Bitz, agility dog trainer and conformation instructor

Lucy is the owner of a pack of Standard Schnauzers and Affenpinschers (monkey-like terriers) who all love showing in both the conformation and agility ring.  She has taken a crash-course in the world of showing and training dogs for the last six years and has a background in teaching both middle school and group exercise classes. She found her calling later in life although she should have recognized this calling when as a young child she used gather up all the dogs in the neighborhood and “play” doggie day care in the back yard. During these years she also rescued her first dog who was never allowed to attend her day care program and instead had spent his entire life tied to a stake.

Lucy has been showing in the conformation ring for four years and in the agility ring one year while earning five titles in 12 months!  She is new to breeding and is planning for a 2nd litter of Affenpinschers in early Fall.

Lucy is very excited about her new role as owner of Pup-A-Razzi. She has been a very satisfied graduate of many great training classes over the past six years, and she is now looking forward to finding new ways to challenge both our dog and human clients. Lucy teaches agility dog training classes at Pup-A-Razzi. To sign up for classes visit the agility dog training page in our dog training school or the Dog Training Class Sign-up Form.

 

Carrol Haines, Musical Freestyle

Carrol is a retired Engineering Technician.  Currently there are four small dogs sharing their lives with her.  She got into dog sports when she adopted her very active and yippy Terrier Mix, Katie, who desperately needed a job.  Carrol and her dogs have competed in Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, and Canine Musical Freestyle.  She has recently added Nose Work to the list of dog activities.  You have probably seen her over the past five years putting on musical freestyle demos with her pack, various friends from her freestyle clubs, and some of her students.  Her three dancing dogs, Katie, Breezee, and Tobi, have competed in Oregon, Washington, and Canada and hold intermediate and advanced titles in Canine Musical Freestyle and Heelwork to Music.  She is a board member of the Dogs Gone Dancin’ Club in Oregon and holds membership in the Emerald City K9 Freestyle Dancers and Paws 2 Dance clubs as well as the World Canine Freestyle Organization.  Carrol teaches beginning and intermediate freestyle classes at Pup-A-Razzi!  See musical freestyle or the Dog Training Class Sign-up Form.