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Doug Ricks and Diana Harris -- Center Owners and Instructors

Diana and Doug 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]

Monique Feyrecilde -- Lead Obedience/Agility Instructor

A Pacific Northwest native, Monique moved to Washington in 1995 after growing up in Portland, OR. Monique's interest in animal behavior and training began when she was a young child. Her first dog, Baby, taught Monique a deep abiding respect for the intelligence of animals...[Read More]

Karen Blumenthal -- Lead Agility Instructor

I have been teaching with the Seattle Agility Center since 2003. I have always had animals in my life. It started with rescuing stray cats and then the assortment of dogs, cats, rabbits, hampsters and birds you have as a kid. My husband and I had a Horse Boarding/Training Stable for about 22 years.... [Read More]

Melissa Ripley -- Instructor

Melissa grew up in Hawaii and received a degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii. She and her husband moved to Washington in 2003 and have missed the sun and warm beaches ever since! She started teaching for Seattle Agility in 2012... [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]

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]