Through compassion and respect, we aim to create a deeper bond between humans and animals. We accomplish this by offering both private and group (basic through advanced) companionship skills classes, by offering pet therapy, clicker, agility training, and by offering dog daycare. Our private and group companionship classes take an educational approach using gentle, positive reinforcement focused on providing you with an understanding of dog behavior, health and a window into the canine mind.
Our daycare is supervised by caring trainers, and offers an educational alternative for exercise and socialization, with opportunities to learn manners while interacting with people and a large variety of different dogs.
We invite you to join us anytime to observe a class or daycare, or just to visit our facility and see for your own eyes what is going on at Dancin’ Woofs, the “Home of the Happy Dog.”
Mare’s Certifications and Membership include:M.
Mare Shey CPDT – KA Founder/Owner
Mare Shey has a B.A. in Education from Eastern Washington University, majoring in Outdoor Adventure Education, with a concentration in adventure-based counseling and group facilitation. Involved with program development and design, from kindergarten through university levels, she has taught community college and university classes in outdoor adventure and leadership as a content expert.
Presently Mare’s love, appreciation and training of dogs spans over 30 years and includes basic through advanced obedience, agility, clicker, behavioral counseling, and Pet Partner training. She also a consultant for new or established dog daycares and boarding facilities both nationally and internationally, is a speaker on many business and dog-related subjects and author.
On her free time she is often on the trails playing with her dogs Bali, Bodhi and Beta or enjoying many of the outdoor adventures sports Central Oregon has to offer.
learn more about Mare‘s certifications, continued education, speaking, community involvement, published works and product concepts.
Kristen CPDT – KA , Training Instructor
Kristin has a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. While working as a family service worker for sexually reactive youth, she received extensive training in crisis counseling, mediation and family counseling.
With a strong background in food and beverage, Kristin moved to Bend in 2002 and managed two restaurants at a local resort. She started working at Dancin Woofs part time in 2004. In 2005, she decided to leave the F&B world to pursue her dream of working fulltime with canines and their companions.
While working as the daycare manager, Kristin also mentored with Mare in the evenings as an assistant trainer. Additionally she went to Maryland to attend a week-long training with Pat Miller and is taking a canine correspondence course with John Rogerson in England. After gathering enough training hours and skills, she earned the title Certified Pet Dog Trainer in October 2007.
Kristin lives with her sweet, amazing, cuddlicious pup, Stellaluna and two fabulous cats, Simon and Toby. She spends her free time thinking beautiful thoughts while wandering around Central Oregon.
Linda, Daycare Manager/Assistant Instructor
After 20 years in the marketing, sales, and advertising field here in Bend, she decided to craft her passion for animals into her way of life. With a Rope Rescue Certification, Pet Care Technician Certification, she facilitates emergency situations like fire evacuations and criminal calls with PET [Pet Evacuation Team. Linda is a great addition to the staff at Dancin' Woofs Compassionate Dog Daycare.
She enjoys spending time with Ed Bartz, her partner of many years and her family, usually surrounded by great food. She has lived in the Bend area since 1977, riding horseback on most of the Central Oregon trails, enjoying all that Central Oregon has to offer.
She enjoys spending time with Ed Bartz her partner of many years, also founder of BARR, and her family usually surrounded by great food created by her oldest daughter. She has lived in the Bend area since 1977 and enjoys all that Central Oregon has to offer.
After spending years as a partner in a software development company, the business was sold and Mary was able to make the switch from the ‘Computer World’ to the ‘Dog World.’ As Mary said, “This is an amazing opportunity to spend my days observing, training and hanging out with dogs. It’s great to be part of the Woof Pack.”
Mary’s expertise was training clients and she is now using these skills to create a happy, healthy, safe and fun environment for your companions at dog daycare. She has also assisted Mare with both the Puppy 101 and Basic Companionship classes. She enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, reading and spending time with her dog ‘Sam.’
AJ Kay is a fun loving person with an outgoing and bubbly personality. She just moved up to Bend from Tucson, AZ last August to live and work in the community to gain residency in Oregon so that she can attend the University Of Oregon. She currently has three jobs and loves her busy schedule. One of those jobs is working at the ever so amazing Dancin’ Woofs!
AJ loves dogs and everything that they have to offer. She, in fact, grew up with many dogs and loves every one with kindness and compassion. She is very responsible and driven in everything she does, which includes working, free running, snowboarding/skiing, reading and enjoying hanging out with her friends and her Aunt Mare Shey!
Moving from Tucson to Bend has been a big change in AJ’s life but she works hard every day and loves every new experience and challenge that comes her way. She is also taking a couple classes at COCC to keep her mind ready for when she goes to the U of O.
Karen – Book Keeper Extraordinaire
I grew up in Indiana and earned a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University in Bloomington. After working as the Registrar at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis for nearly five hears, my husband Bill and I began an adventure by moving to Oregon in 1977. Going from the cornfields to the mountains was a huge thrill! We immediately learned how to alpine ski and have enjoyed all that Central Oregon has to offer. As my two children became teenagers I returned to an academic course through Linfield College and earned another Bachelor’s degree, this time in Business Management & Accounting.
Other than my four years at college, I have always had a dog in my life. My two Wheaten Terriers keep me busy but make my life happier. When the Sheys said the needed help with bookkeeping I decided it would be fun to work with others who enjoy their dogs as much as I do mine.