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About Us

Here's a little bit about me:

  • My name is Rick Pedersen, and I have devoted more than 20 years to understanding, training, and loving dogs. With over 700 four-legged students in my portfolio, my expertise comes with a deeply rooted passion for helping pets and their people thrive together.
  • My time in Desert Storm has endowed me with resilience, focus, and a unique perspective on teamwork - traits that I now apply in dog training.
  • With 6.5 dedicated years at a gun dog kennel, I've had the opportunity to train over 200 dogs. These experiences have added knowledge about various breeds and temperaments to my arsenal.
  • My eight years as a US Amateur Boxing Coach didn't just fine-tune my teaching skills. They also refined my understanding of discipline, patience, and the power of positive reinforcement, all essential in practical dog training.
  • As a professional dog trainer at a dog school, I'm continuously immersed in the world of canine learning. Whether instructing classes or engaging in one-on-one training, I'm committed to bringing out the best in every dog.
  • At Rising Starr K9, we embrace all breeds. Our training philosophy transcends breed boundaries, focusing instead on the unique traits and potential of each individual dog. We welcome every dog and owner with open arms, regardless of breed or temperament.
  • We're family-friendly and believe that a well-trained dog contributes to a happy home. To achieve this, I also guide owners on how to maintain their pets' training at home, turning commands into habits and providing a joyous environment for everyone. Your role as a dog owner is crucial, and I'm here to empower you with the knowledge and skills to continue your dog's training journey at home.
  • Lastly, we firmly believe in the power of positivity. Our training approach centers around motivation, praise, and reward, ensuring that you and your dog look forward to each session with a wagging tail!

So come along, join us at Rising Starr K9, and let's unlock a world of understanding, companionship, and positive growth together!

Welcome aboard!