About Dancin’ Woofs of Bend, Oregon
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.
Our Dog Certifications
Several of our instructors are Certified Pet Dog Trainers carry the CPDT-KA title.
Pet Behavior Institute of the U.K.
The Northern Centre for Animal Behavior Accredited Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist
Certification counsel for Professional Pet Dog Trainer (APDT)
American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA) – Pet Care Technician
Animal Behavior & Training Associates (ABTA) – Group & Private Dog Trainer
CGC (Canine Good Citizenship)
Canine Good Citizenship Evaluators
American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA)
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Delta Society ® – Pet Partner Instructor
Delta Society ® – Pet Partner Evaluator
Meet the Staff
Kristin, CPDT-KA, Owner/ Dog Training Instructor
Kristin has a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. While working as a family service worker for adjudicated youth, she received extensive training in crisis counseling, mediation, and family counseling.
With a strong background in the food and beverage industry, 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 new dream of working full-time with canines and their companions.
While working as the daycare manager, Kristin mentored with Mare as an assistant trainer/instructor. Additionally she went to Maryland to attend a week-long training with Pat Miller, took a canine correspondence course with John Rogerson in England, and attended many conferences and seminars offered by other experts in the field of dog training and behavior. After gathering enough training hours and skills, she earned the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer in October 2007.
In 2013, Mare-the founder of Dancin' Woofs-decided to explore other interests. She offered Kristin the opportunity to purchase Dancin' Woofs, and said that she considered no other person to take over her business. It has been a perfectly seamless shift.
Kristin lives with her sweet, amazing, cuddlicious pup-Maeby. She spends her free time thinking beautiful thoughts while wandering around Central Oregon.
Linda, KPA-CTP Daycare Manager/ Dog Training 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 our resident "Clicker Training" expert after completing course work through the Karen Pryor Clicker Academy. She holds the title KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy-Clicker Training Partner.
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.
Mary, Daycare Staff
Mary was first introduced to Dancin’ Woofs when she took a basic companionship class with her Jack Russel Terrier, Sam. This meeting was all it took to re-spark a lifelong dream of working with dogs. 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 business expertise was in 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 with both the Puppy 101 and Basic Companionship classes. She enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and reading.
Karen, Bookkeeper 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 during 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.
Jenn, Daycare Supervisor
Jenn grew up as an animal lover on a small farm in Idaho, spending most of her younger years in 4-H, where she learned about animal husbandry. Jenn’s first job in high school was working as a grooming assistant at a mom and pop pet store. She graduated from Montana State in Bozeman with a degree in Fine Art. Upon moving to Bend, she worked at a dog daycare/boarding facility and fell in love with the fine art of dog training and animal behavioral studies. Jenn helps organize and run The Bachelor Butte Dog Derby, a local dog sledding race. With three dogs of her own, it has been an amazing journey of patience and compassion in training and care. She enjoys the outdoors, gardening, making art, and spending time with all of her animals (three dogs, one cat, a turtle, a love bird, and chickens).