Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; American Red Cross Animal First Aid/CPR; VCA Animal First Aid/CPR; Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR; Bachelor of Arts from Brown University
Memberships: Association of Professional Dog Trainers; Pet Sitters International; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest
Kerry is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, an outdoor enthusiast, and the proud mama of an awesome dog named Obie. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and was voted the "Best Individual Trainer of the Northwest" by Spot Magazine for several years in a row. Kerry received a Bachelor's Degree from Brown University, and regularly attends continuing education classes in the areas of dog behavior and learning.
Kerry believes that many canine behavioral problems could easily be alleviated through proper exercise. While many dog owners often meet their dog's basic needs for food, water, love, and boundaries, the average Portland pooch is under-exercised, getting only one or two short leashed walks per day. The truth of the matter is that most dogs need much more than this. Depending on the age, breed, and health of the dog, most dogs need at least one hour of off-leash exercise every single day! To this end, Kerry started Dog Adventures Northwest to make it easier for people to meet the needs of their four-legged family members. She love dogs, has a thorough understanding of canine behavior, and is an avid adventurer, so it was a natural undertaking. Since its inception in the Summer of 2011, there have been many miles of happy trails and even more happy tails.
Kerry uses she/her pronouns.
I think it's quite possible that Stella just had her best day EVER as a puppy, guided by trainer Kerry Ryan! I'm so thrilled to hear about her learning to swim and of ALL of the great training, particularly her off-leash recall. And of course, socializing her with the kids. I can't tell you what it means to us knowing she's having a wonderful time and in such good hands while we're working. She totally loves Dog Adventures Northwest.
I am one of THOSE dog owners... The kind that treat their dogs like their children and best friends and are totally surprised when they meet someone who doesn't want to get down on their knees and pet them. Millie comes with me everywhere I go (including to work), so those times when I can't be with my girl, I am so grateful for Dog Adventures Northwest. Millie's handler, John, is AMAZING and treats her just as well as I do. I actually knew John before I knew about Dog Adventures Northwest - we were both regulars who walked our dogs on the Columbia River and our repeated interactions painted a clear story about his level of care and attentiveness. Even if there are no other cars there, all the dogs have to follow the leash routine of getting in and out of his Wind Star. He always has his pouch of treats and consistently rewarded the pups during the walk rather than just at the beginning or end.
What sealed the deal for me? I never saw him on his phone. He wasn't texting and chatting or surfing the web. He was paying attention to his client's dogs. In fact, on Millie's first day with John he texted me some pics and my first reaction was shock because I had never seen him use it! If you are questioning working with them, don't. Go for it. Trust is priceless and Kerry runs a great business! Their portal to set up appointments and payments is super easy to use. If I could give 10 stars I would 🙂
My 8-month-old dog has been going on weekly adventures for the past month and LOVES them! She squirms with delight when Clara comes to pick her up, and her recall is getting better each week. She comes home a very tired and happy pup! Communication with Clara, the trainer, and Kerry, the owner, is very easy and responsive. They both have been wonderful to work with. Scheduling is also very easy either via text/email or the app. Clara sends an update and great photos after each outing. I will definitely use their boarding/sitting services when I need to travel. They are a very trustworthy and caring company. I highly recommend DANW.