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Dana Stillinger, CNwi, owner

Dana Stillinger has been training dogs since the early 70’s when she and her husband trained their German Shepherds in Schutzhund. Soon after she began competing in AKC Obedience Trials she titled her Labrador, a Border Collie, and a Dobermann to their Utility titles. With one of her German Shepherds she trained and titled him in Carting tests as well. After beginning to work as a trainer for a field dog retriever kennel she fell in love with a Labrador and began competing and titling in Field Dog tests, but after adopting her high drive destructive Border Collie she started Agility training and has since trained and titled 7 dogs of various breeds and crosses to hundreds of titles including 3 Dual Champions . In 2009 she began training in Canine ScentWork and became a Certified Nose Work Instructor in 2014. She currently lives and trains with a Border Collie, Pic and a Belgian Malinois, Frankie. Dana started Best Friends in early 1999 as the first Dog Daycare in Oregon. She was a founding member of the Willamette Agility Group and Welcome Waggers Therapy Dogs as well as putting on the first North American Schutzhund Trial in Oregon and hosting the first Canine Musical Freestyle events in the state. She was a class instructor for Linn County Kennel Club for over twelve years and also worked and ran classes for Heartland Humane Society for a similar amount of time. Over the years some of her dogs have worked in Commercials, Music Videos, and Movies as well. Ms. Stillinger’s focus with dogs has always been the working bond and sorting out some problems along the way. Her extensive background in training and her diversity in owning a variety of breeds and working with thousands of dogs over the forty plus years has helped her appreciate the problems owners face with blending a multispecies household. Dana has always sought out the most current information and science behind training and constantly seeks out continuing education opportunities. Her focus has always been on what is right for both the dog and the human.

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Nina feltmann, lead instructor, Cptd-ka

Nina Feltmann has been with Best Friends since 2004. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and loves watching relationships grow between dogs and their handlers. She brings a wealth of experience and compassion to her classes, and strives to help every student succeed.

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Brittany obermann, manager, instructor

Brittany Obermann has been with Best Friends since 2007. She began her time here as staff in our Doggy Daycare and currently instructs our obedience and Nose Work classes as well as training her own dogs in Agility, Rally Obedience, K9 Nose Work, Tricks, and Canine Good Citizen.

Dogs are her favorite thing in life.

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Deanna lyons

Agility & Rally Instructor, Info coming soon!

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Don lyons

Agility Instructor, Info coming soon!

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Deb pierce

Agility Instructor, Info coming soon!

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arlene courtney

Agility Instructor, Info coming soon!