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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, I find helping animals and their caregivers to lead a more health filled life a very rewarding experience... [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]

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...[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]

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]

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 - Instructor

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]