Kerry Ryan: Owner and Lead Adventurer for Dog Adventures Northwest

Certifications: Certification for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA); Whole Dog Academy; 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; National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest 

Kerry is 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 in 2012, 2013, and 2014. 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. 

To contact Kerry directly or for general inquiries about Dog Adventures Northwest, email Kerry any time at kerry@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


John Hawkins Gordon: City Adventures, Country Adventures, Socialization Adventures, Pet Sitting, Adventure Camp

Certifications: Certification for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) pending; Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR; Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University 

Memberships: Association of Professional Dog Trainers; National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest 

John Gordon joined the Dog Adventures Northwest Team in 2013. John loves animals, and has been keeping dogs and cats happy while their families are away since 2009. Before that, John worked for several years as a dog walker and pet sitter on the mean streets of New York City. He will work closely with you in order to maintain normal routines for your pets and to make your time away from home worry-free. John has worked with almost every kind of special need and can handle everything from administering medicine for puppies to preparing special diets for seniors. 

To contact John directly, email him any time at john@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


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Jess Lara: City Adventures, Country Adventures, Socialization Adventures, Adventure Camp, Adventure School

Certifications: Certification for Professional Dog Trainers pending (CPDT); Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR

Memberships: Association of Professional Dog Trainers; National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest 

Jess' love for dogs and the outdoors began at a young age when she attended her Grandpa's K9 Search and Rescue trainings, where she became fascinated with the dogs' working ability and the training process. Fast forward, Jess has become dedicated to learning about the most up-to-date and ethical training methods through self-education, working with other trainers, and attending seminars. She has spent many years training two of her own dogs in Search and Rescue, one for Wilderness Air Scent and the other for Tracking, learning how to navigate the wilderness and how to administer K9 First Aid in the process. Jess' home has a training and boarding space to give your dog 5-star treatment during their stay. She understands the importance of exercise, and will make sure your pup is safe and having the time of their lives during their adventure. Jess enjoys spending time with dogs of all sizes and personalities, from sensitive to boisterous. She lives with her three high-energy dogs, a Lapponian Herder, a Standard Poodle, and an All American Rescue dog. Together they enjoy dog parkour, herding, obedience, biking, and hiking. 

To contact Jess directly, email her any time at jess@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


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Carrie Lipps: City Adventures, Country Adventures, Socialization Adventures, Pet Sitting

Certifications:  Certification for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) pending; Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR; Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Michigan

Memberships: Association of Professional Dog Trainers; National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest

Carrie is a life-long animal lover who has been "borrowing" other people's dogs for years. When she moved to Portland in 2013, she was eager to explore all the hiking trails and swimming holes in the area. Without a trusty canine companion of her own to share in her adventures, Carrie started taking along other people's dogs and has been doing so ever since! Motivated by her desire to help dogs and their owners live happier lives together, Carrie is voraciously learning all she can about dog psychology, behavior, and training, and plans to pursue her Certification for Professional Dog Training (CPDT) through study with Whole Dog Academy's certificate program this year. She is excited to join the DANW team as a pet sitter and adventurer, and looks forward to playing with, snuggling, and lovin' on your dog!

To contact Carrie directly, email her any time at carrie@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


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Toby Joy Zelt: City Adventures, Country Adventures, Socialization Adventures, Adventure Camp, Pet Sitting

Certifications: Certification for Professional Dog Trainers pending (CPDT); Pet First Aid/CPR Bethany Family Pet Clinic; Wilderness First Responder from National Outdoor Leadership School; Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Psychology, and Gender Studies from Towson University; Master of Arts in Rabbinics and Master of Arts in Education from Towson University.

Memberships: National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest

Toby has had a close connection to all living beings since she was a small child. Toby not only loves taking dogs on adventures, but fights for their happiness and quality of life through her volunteer work and animal activism. She strives to interact with all animals as individuals, worthy of love and respect. The entire natural world is important to Toby, and she enjoys spending as much time in nature and with animals as possible. Toby spent many years in academia, studying and teaching ethics, and worked for many years as an educator and administrator in nonprofits. She decided to change her career path to feel more joy and connection. 

To contact Toby directly, email her any time at toby@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


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Alex Schultz: Private Training, Pet Sitting

Certifications: Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, PetTech CPR & First Aid Certified, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, OHS Dog Trainer Prep Program

Memberships: Association of Pet Dog Trainers, National Association of Pet Sitters, Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest 

Alex has been passionately and actively working with dogs since 2012, though dogs, horses, cats, and rats have been a part of her life since childhood. After moving to Portland, OR from the Northshore of Massachusetts, she began her dog education volunteering for the Oregon Humane Society, taking their free classes and finally enrolling in their Dog Trainer Prep Program. Not long after, Family Dogs New Life shelter reached out for assistance with building behavior skills with their foster families, where she now volunteers on an as-need basis. Above all else, dogs in play are Alex’s absolute favorite, and you can find her most happy while facilitating appropriate play between dogs of any age, breed, and size. Continuing education in dog training is incredibly important to Alex, and she continually seeks out learning opportunities through seminars, books, science articles, and volunteering. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and swimming with her FDNL rescue Gordy, reading and couch lounging with her OHS rescue ‘Old Man’ Kenny, racing bikes in the local OBRA circuit, or maybe just catching a movie with her pals.

To contact Alex directly, email her any time at alex@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


Kevin Gummer: Pet Sitting

Certifications: VCA Animal First Aid/CPR; Bachelor of Arts from Frostburg State University 

Memberships: National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest 

Kevin joined Dog Adventures Northwest in 2013, when we expanded our services to include pet sitting. Kevin is an East Coast transplant who grew up around dogs. He enjoys challenges, and likes to spoil dogs with lots of love and snuggles. Kevin is a previous volunteer with the Oregon Humane Society. Additionally, as someone with career experience in home improvement, indoor residential assessment,  and home appraisal,  Kevin is uniquely capable of handling any maintenance or repair issue that could occur in your home during your absence. Your pet and your home will both be in the hands of someone who will care for them as his own.

To contact Kevin directly, email him any time at kevin@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


Nichole Patrick-Bingham: Pet Sitting

Certifications: Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR; Bachelor of Science in Ecology from University of California, Berkeley

Memberships: National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest

Nichole grew up in Eugene in a household where the four-legged members of the family usually outnumbered the two-legged. Animals have been in her life and heart for as long as she can remember. Her passion for wildlife took her to the University of California Berkeley where she studied ecology and animal behavior and worked on a number of different research projects including the grey wolf restoration in Yellowstone National Park. A few twists and turns lead her into the veterinary world where she worked for many years as a technician caring for dogs, cats, and exotic pets, as well as pet-sitting for clients. Although she is no longer working for a clinic, Nichole is very comfortable caring for any pet that has special medical needs. She knows every pet is special and different in what they require, and will communicate closely with you to make sure they receive the love and care they deserve while you are away. She lives in Milwaukie with her husband Rob, energetic puggle Cyrus, boss chihuahua Diego, and opinionated kitty Rico.

To contact Nichole directly, email her any time at nichole@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!

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Nick Ferrucci: Pet Sitting

Certifications: Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR

Memberships: National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest

Caring for animals brings Nick great fulfillment. As an outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys walking, jogging, and hiking, and is always happy to have canine companionship on these excursions. As a pet sitter, he values being responsible, reliable, and respectful towards dogs and their homes. Nick prides himself on consistently following instructions concerning the care of the home and dog, and enjoy maintaining a clean, healthy living environment. Nick has been a pet sitter for years, and has had a variety of pet sitting experiences with younger animals, older animals, and animals with special needs. He loves them all, and prides himself on being able to fulfill the needs of each individual animal. 

To contact Nick directly, email her any time at nick@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!


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Todd Van Voris: Pet Sitting

Certifications: Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR

Memberships: National Association of Pet Sitters; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest

Todd joined Dog Adventures Northwest earlier this year, but has been a professional pet and house sitter for the past two years, and a lover and care-giver for all kinds of animals all his life. An actor by trade, Todd has been treading the boards of Portland's stages for over 15 years. Before that he lived in Colorado, where at times he would help with his mother's wolf refuge, and in New York City where he received his Bachelor of Arts from NYU, and other areas on the East Coast and in the South. Todd takes great joy and pride in giving animals care and affection (he loves them more than he could possibly say), as well as taking good care of people's homes. He can give medications and prepare special diets for your pets, if necessary, and will make sure your plants are watered, your mail picked up, your home is spic-and-span upon your return, and any other special needs you may have.

To contact Todd directly, email her any time at todd@dogadventuresnw.com. To get your dog's adventure underway, just fill out a registration form and we will be in touch within 24-hours!