My name is Siw (pronounced “Seev”) Lea. I have been an avid animal lover for as long as I can remember. I’ve been hooked on dog training since I trained my first dog, a Sheltie named Missy, at the age of 12.
I pursued my passion by attending the West Virginia Canine College, graduating in March 1988 as a certified Dog Trainer/Kennel Manager. I have been helping people professionally with their dogs ever since. During the interim years, I have trained dogs and taught their owners how to handle them, taught private lessons and group classes on my own as well as group classes for a community college. I also helped instruct agility classes for five years and was an assistant 4-H Leader for two years. I decided to specialize in puppy training in 2001 and have taught group puppy socialization classes and private lessons since then.
In April 2012, I graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior as a Certified Training Partner. To further my skills as a puppy trainer, I completed the KPA Puppy Start Right course in December 2014. I am also an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. (See below for my certifications and memberships.) I use and teach scientifically proven, positive, reinforcement-based training techniques, including clicker training. I believe that one can never know enough about training and am always seeking ways to further my knowledge and skills by continuously attending conferences, seminars, workshops, online classes, etc. In addition to my dog training certifications, I have a BS and MS in Forestry and I also served in the US Coast Guard.
I have trained my own dogs in obedience and Schutzhund and competed in agility and conformation. My German Shepherd, Uki (pronounced "Yookie"), and I currently hold certifications in Obedience and as a Cadaver Dog Team with the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA). We are members of the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Unit.
My husband and I moved to Bellingham, WA, our forever home, in July 2016. I now offer Board and Train, Day Training, Private Lessons, Puppy Consultations and AKC CGC Training and Evaluation services to the Bellingham and surrounding areas. I provide Board and Train from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC and everywhere in between.
I feel that foundation training and socialization done early in a dog’s life is the most important of all because with a solid beginning, you'll be on the right path to leading happy, enjoyable, and productive lives together. With over 25 years of experience as a certified professional dog trainer, I can help you raise a wonderful companion for your family!
Memberships & Certifications:
Karen Pryor Academy
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
North American Police Work Dog Association
American Kennel Club AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Whatcom Dog Coalition
We are located in Bellingham, Washington and serve Whatcom and Skagit counties and surrounding areas, including Blaine, Burlington, Everson, Ferndale, Linden, and Mt. Vernon. Board and Train is available to clients from Seattle to Vancouver B.C. and everything in between.
Siw and Uki
After a search in Idaho
Being lowered into tunnels
for a training search
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