Homer Dog Trainers

The History of Homer Dog Trainers

Prior to Autumn 2004, few opportunities for dog owners to work and learn about dogs existed in the Homer area. At that time, a few dog trainers and enthusiasts felt the desire to share their knowledge of dogs and training by opening a facility. Homer Animal Friends was consulted and agreed to sponsor Homer Dog Trainers. A building was secured, a governing board assembled, training equipment acquired, and soon classes began.

train_inpageThe founders hoped to provide people with a positive training environment that would allow them the time and place to work and play with their dogs. The concept was, and remains, trained dogs are happy dogs, and trained dogs make happy owners. Furthermore, happy owners don’t relinquish their dogs to the shelter, so the entire community benefits.

Since its inception, Homer Dog Trainers has seen more than 200 puppies, age 8-12 weeks, go through Puppy Kindergarten. Over 300 dogs and owners have completed our basic training classes. The agility classes continue to grow in popularity, and folks who commit to agility training continue in our classes throughout the year(s). In the fall of 2012, the new dog sport of Nose Work was added to our class schedule. So far 30 dogs have taken Nose Work classes and they are having the time of their life.


Training classes promote methods of positive reinforcement to encourage a meaningful and responsible human-dog relationship. You will learn training to meet you and your dog’s needs: 

  • How to keep training fun for you and your dog
  • How to stop unwanted behaviors
  • How to motivate your dog
  • How to use praise, food and correction in a fair and effective manner

Training classes available

Month Week Day
June 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
May 29, 2017 May 30, 2017

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten
May 31, 2017 June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017 June 3, 2017 June 4, 2017

Advanced Agility

Advanced Agility
June 5, 2017 June 6, 2017

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten
June 7, 2017 June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017 June 10, 2017 June 11, 2017

Advanced Agility

Advanced Agility
June 12, 2017 June 13, 2017

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten
June 14, 2017 June 15, 2017 June 16, 2017 June 17, 2017 June 18, 2017

Advanced Agility

Advanced Agility
June 19, 2017 June 20, 2017

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten
June 21, 2017 June 22, 2017 June 23, 2017 June 24, 2017 June 25, 2017

Advanced Agility

Advanced Agility
June 26, 2017 June 27, 2017

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy Kindergarten
June 28, 2017 June 29, 2017 June 30, 2017 July 1, 2017 July 2, 2017

Advanced Agility

Advanced Agility

Puppy Kindergarten – puppies ages 8-12 weeks

  • PLAY – socialize with other pups and people
  • LEARN – training basics
  • EXPLORE – expand your puppy’s horizons in a positive environment; provide solutions to your puppy problems. Start them young to make a smarter dog

Basic Manners – Dogs 5 months and above

  • Teaches manners and obedience for the family dog
  • Uses positive training methods
  • Exercises covered:
    Attention Heal Leave It
    Sit & Down Maintain Loose Leash Walking Wait
    Recall (come) Polite Greetings Go to Place

Agility for the canine athlete

  • Focuses on training for local/global competition
  • For fit dogs with basic training and no aggression issues
  • For people who love to work with their dogs
  • Builds confidence
  • Obstacles used:
    A-frame Jumps Table
    Tunnels Teeter Totter Tire
    Weave Poles Dog-walk Chute

Nose Work – A new dog sport developed by professionals that train dogs to search for drugs and explosives.

  • Allows your dog to use his/her natural scent abilities.
  • No previous training needed.
  • Benefits all dogs:
    High Energy Non-Athletic Older
    Fearful or Anxious Physically Challenged Dog-Reactive
    High arousal dogs that lack focus
  • Classes:
    • Introduction to Nose Work
    • Introduction to Odor
    • Continuing Nose Work

Governing Board

Homer Dog Trainers owes a debt of gratitude to the founders and original governing board:

  • Lois Bettini
  • Jill Blackwell
  • Miriam Cope
  • Debora Donahue
  • Becky Lyon
  • Pat Moss
  • Lisa Vaughn

HAF/HDT Committee Members

  • Susan McLean – Chair
  • Pat Moss
  • Becky Lyon
  • Casey Moss
  • Sue Post
  • Tracie Whitaker
  • Hal Smith
  • Pat Boone

Our Location

Homer Dog Trainers
3804 Heath St
Homer, AK 99603


PO Box 2300
Homer  AK  99603

For more information contact:
Pat Moss/Family Dog & Puppy Kindergarten: 235-8053
Tracie Whitaker/Agility: 399-0630
Pat Boone/Nose Work: 299-2925

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