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Doug Ricks and Diana Harris -- Center Owners and Instructors

Doug and Diana share their home and four acres with five dogs - Strider the aussie, Reuben, Oberon Nd Ravyn the rotties, and Tilly Bean the terrier mix. They have an extensive professional background in training and education that enables them to work effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds. They began teaching Dog Obedience and Therapy Dog classes in 1995 and in 1997 added agility to their curriculum. In 1998 they opened Seattle Agility Center and began providing agility classes 7 days a week to the Seattle area..... [Read More]

Myra Mercer - Instructor

You could say I started training dogs when I was 10 years old. I went to school in Seattle and would take the neighborhood dogs during recess and teach them basic commands like 'sit' and 'down'. I even made fake certificates... [Read More]

Marley Kirkham - Instructor

Marley grew up on an acre of land in Issaquah, Washington with numerous animals including chickens, ducks, pet rats, frogs a cat and of course, dogs. Having always been an animal person, Marley was delighted when her parents got a Jack Russell Terrier puppy for her to train... [Read More]

Jo Huxel -- Instructor

I started teaching with the Seattle Agility Center in 2015 after moving from sunny Cape Town, South Africa to the Seattle area. Growing up in Germany my family always had dogs (and horses, cats, pigs, sheep, goats..) and I couldn't imagine my life without them. At the moment two dogs, Cassia my German Shorthaired Pointer and Zuki my Rhodesian Ridgeback, live with me and my husband... [Read More]

Marielle Martin -- Instructor

I grew up in the Seattle area with animals as a constant part of my life. My Mom was a school teacher and always had some unusual animal each year for her classes (caiman lizards, land crabs, tarantulas, etc). We also had more normal pets, including gerbils, cats, dogs... [Read More]

Darcy (Deardorff) Spurgeon -- Instructor

I grew up in Wenatchee, Washington and spent most of my adult life there as well. I worked as a paralegal for 25 years. I am now happily retired. In 2014 I remarried and moved to my husband's home in Renton. With the arrival of our first grandchild in 2016, I feel blessed to be able to split my time between my husband's home in Renton and my home in Wenatchee, visiting my extended family...[Read More]

Kathy Swan - Intructor

Kathy grew up in Minnesota. Although a "city kid," she spent summers on her godparents' farm, where there were plenty of animals. She became a junior handler in 1969 at Twin Cities Obedience Training Cluc. In high school, she worked part time at Armstrong Ranch Kennels... [Read More]

Lindsey Miller -- Webmaster

I started taking classes at the Seattle Agilty Center many years ago with my old dog Sarah (a cute little corgi-mix) back when the Aqua Barn was still around! After a multiple-year hiatus, I started back up again with my new dog Lucy in Spring of 2006...[Read More]