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Meet Melissa Ripley

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 and has loved every minute of it. She loves all different types of dog-related activities, but Nosework is her favorite because the dog gets to be in charge! She competes in Nosework with Connor, her 50 pound mixed breed. Training in that sport has increased their ability to communicate with each other and has given her a deep appreciation of how intelligent, perceptive and willing dogs are.

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Her favorite thing about teaching is being able to help foster the relationship between a dog and handler.