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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]

Sandy Bott -- Instructor

Hello, Let me introduce myself - I'm Sandy Bott. Over the course of my life I have had the privilege to know and care for many different animals. From my work as a veterinary technician for twelve years to my current work as an Ayurveda Practitioner/Herbalist... [Read More]

Jeanette Ennis -- Instructor

Building the human-dog bond is a passion of mine. I have been lucky to share my world with multiple Rhodesian Ridgebacks (and 1 Border Terrier) for the past 22 years. Together we have explored, competed, enjoyed many successes, and learned from not a few failures...[Read More]

Wally Johnson -- Instructor

Hi, my name is Wally Johnson. From my earliest childhood memories, dogs have always been a part of my life. Mostly rescues as loving family companions. I am now retired and have the joy and honor of having two amazing Leonbergers sharing their lives with me, Mac and Jack... [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]

Alyssa Meehan - Instructor

Hello! My name is Alyssa. I started training dogs at Seattle Agility Center when I was 10 years old with my boxer/Rottweiler mix, Tank. I then added my boxer, Saige, to the mix, couple years later. I took a little hiatus through high school and college...[Read More]

Rick Oswald - Instructor

I have had dogs (& cats) most of life. My first dogs were Labs & were mostly just family pets and used occasionally for bird hunting. Wanting to try a different breed, I got my first Flat Coated Retriever in 1993 and became hooked on the breed... [Read More]

Timothy Riley - Instructor

Except for my college years, dogs have always been a central part of my life. My wife and I came to Seattle Agility Center over 20 years ago to take a puppy obedience class with our Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Delilah. It was here that I took an interest in agility...[Read More]

Nora Roper - Instructor

My name is Nora Roper and I teach Rally Obedience and general Obedience classes. I have been training with Doug, Diana, and staff at Seattle Agility Center for the past 20 years. The primary focus here is helping people and dogs... [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]