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.

The 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 K9 Nose Work was added to our class schedule. So far **** dogs have taken Nose Work classes and they are having the time of their lives….they just keep coming back for more!

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
  • Danielle Wythe

Our Location

Homer Dog Trainers
3804 Heath St
Homer, AK 99603

PO Box 2300
Homer  AK  99603