Karen has been working with and training animals hands-on in various venues and shelters for over twenty years. An animal lover since childhood, she became more interested in canine behavior while studying Animal Science at the University of Illinois and as a veterinary technician. During her years of employment with the Field Museum of Chicago, she was a volunteer for North Side Animal Shelter in Chicago and the Furry Friends Foundation, fostering, caring for and training resident dogs.
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Karen was on the scene lending her experience to animal rescue; both downtown at a makeshift facility then, when NOLA was again evacuated for Hurricane Rita, at the HSUS facility in Gonzales working the Aggressive Dog Row in the Medical Barn. Her time spent in New Orleans was both the best and worst experience of her life.
Karen knew she wanted to work towards training dogs professionally, left The Field Museum and started Family Companions Pet Care, dog walking and pet sitting in Chicago in 2008. She continued until she moved to Southwest Virginia in 2014.
She is Pet First Aid and CPR certified and formerly an instructor at the German Shepherd Dog Club in Glenview, Illinois, an all-breed AKC obedience club. In college she volunteered with K9 Search and Rescue groups in Central Illinois and since 2013 has been learning detection and protection training, participating in the Protection Sport Association (PSA). She is currently the treasurer of Immortal K9 in Roanoke, VA, a private training club devoted to participating in a variety of sports including Obedience, Disc Dogs, Dock Diving, Protection and Detection for working K9 teams and civilians. Member of the New River Valley Kennel Club.
Seminars | Workshops | Training
ICS Detection Seminar with Rischof Jorker, Sinead Imbaro, Dr. David Adebimpe | Southern Pines, NC 2017
Federal Law Enforcement Tactical Scenarios with MILO Range Simulation Filming | 2017
Tarheel Protection Sport Association Trial | Sanford NC 2017
Battle for the Blue Ridge III Maynard Pease and Reno Scott Protection and Obedience Elliston, VA 2016
Ivo Hoevers - KNPV Protection | Lewisburg, WV 2016
Yvonne Kraemer - KNPV Protection | Suffolk, VA 2016
Randy Hare Detection | Claytor Lake, VA 2016
Maynard Pease Protection and Obedience | Roanoke, VA 2015
Battle for the Blue Ridge II Maynard Pease and Reno Scott Protection and Obedience | Elliston VA 2015
Mike Suttle Logan Haus- Detection | Front Royal, VA 2015
Waleed Maalouf Protection and Obedience | Chicago, IL 2014
Jonathan Katz Protection and Obedience | Chicago, IL 2013
Ian Dunbar On Aggression | Chicago, IL 2013
APDT Creating Group Classes 2013
Jean Donaldson Chicago, IL 2006