Sarah is a dog trainer with over a decade of professional experience, a dog sport competitor and coach, and a certified K9 Nose Work instructor. She has worked in a variety of environments, including animal shelters, rescues, and a very successful dog daycare; there are few breeds and even fewer training issues she has not seen before!

​Since beginning Nosey Dog Training in the Bay Area of California, Sarah has made her focus on whole dog behavioral wellness: this way of viewing her work encompasses species appropriate diet, exercise, enrichment, and training to bring out the very best in every dog. Now, she has brought her training knowledge to Whatcom county dogs in beautiful Washington state. 


Sarah and her husband David share their home in Bellingham with a 9 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi (Owen), 8 year old Cattle Dog mix (River), and two Australian Cattle Dogs (Perkins, 2 and Guster, puppy!). The Herdy Dogs, as Sarah affectionately calls them, are not only some of the best hiking and swimming companions around, but they are also accomplished in their preferred sports. As a team, Sarah and her dogs enjoy Nose Work, Herding, Barn Hunt, Dock Diving, Lure Coursing, Rally, Obedience, Dog Parkour, and Tricks. They've also dabbled in a few others over the years!


Education and growth in the science and art of dog training is incredibly important to Sarah. She spends countless hours every year attending a variety of seminars, workshops, and online courses. She also enjoys reading new research and published works, going through articles and lectures from other professionals, and listening to dog training podcasts. She believes in a well rounded toolbox for each dog and human she works with, so the learning is never finished.


Sarah's extensive background and experience means that you and your dog will received the most up to date and individualized training plans available today, based on proven and effective training methods!

About the Trainer

Here are a few of the recent continuing education seminars and courses Sarah has attended and can recommend:

  • Canine Strengthening and Injury Prevention with Bobbie Lyons in 2016

  • California Narcotic Canine Association and National Association of Canine Scent Work Joint Symposium in 2016

  • Clicker Expo in 2015

  • Dealing with the Boogeyman: Helping Fearful, Reactive, and Stressed Dogs with Dr. Amy Cook in 2015 (Fenzi Dog Training Academy)

  • Toys - Developing Cooperation and Play with Shade Whitesel in 2015 (Fenzi Dog Training Academy)

  • K9 Nose Work Camps in 2013 and 2015