Instructor Bios

LeAnn Sawyer:

 has been training and showing dogs for 30+ years.  She has competed and titled dogs in obedience, rally, confirmation, flyball and agility.  She is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and AKC's Canine Good Citizens, and a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers).  She also enjoys hiking and kayaking with her dog Charlie.

Gail Workman: 


has 30+ years experience training dogs. Gail is experienced in many methods of training keeping up dated on all the new methods available, as well as using the older traditional methods. Gail believes a good instructor should have knowledge of and be able to use all tools available to pair you and your dog for the best up to date training program available. Gail actively shows her own dogs in obedience, agility, tracking, hunting tests, and flyball. She is also a Certified evaluator for AKC's CGC tests. 

Polly Pierce -

I got my first dog, an Alaskan Malamute in 1972, which sent me on an incredible 45 year journey. I raised, trained and ran a team of Mals for several years. I raised 2 guide dog puppies, both of which became working guides. I switched to Aussies around 1984 and have been hooked ever since. I put an obedience title on one Mal, and a Championship on another. I put an obedience title on my first Aussie and dabbled in agility before it was agility. In 2000, I started serious agility with my 2nd Aussie and put several advanced titles on her in several venues. My third and current Aussie has numerous agility titles and rally obedience titles . I started teaching agility 10 years ago and several of my students are now the master.

Arlene Tafolla: 

Growing up as an only child, dogs have always been a big part of my life.  I trained my first dog at age 5 and dreamed of showing dogs some day.   In my early 20's I took a dog obedience class from a local dog club in Michigan with my Golden Retriever.  Shortly after  the class I became a member of the club and taught obedience classes for 7 years until I moved away from the area.  In the early 90's I switched to smaller dogs; Miniature Schnauzers.  What was I thinking?  Terriers have so much more energy than the happy go lucky Golden Retrievers.  In 2008 I took a dog agility class and became a member of SUDS.  A couple of years later I started teaching dog agility classes.   My dogs and I have gotten obedience titles and even a couple of High In Trials.  We have also earned several agility titles.  I love teaching dog agility.  Dogs are amazing creatures and with the correct training will do amazing things.  It's fun to work with the dogs and handlers and to watch the dog/handler teams begin to develop and progress.  In my Dogs Perspective classes the slow motion videos show how literally a dog reads their handlers body language.  The videos can be quite hilarious.

Hanna Crawford:

My dogs have taken me on an amazing adventure! They teach me every day. I got my start with animals at the Doggy Dude Ranch. I was lucky to have an amazing boss, who has many years experience in training, behavior and more. Today I am the Owner of Happy Hounds Hairstyling and compete in multiple dog sports, including Dock Diving, Disc Dog, Barn Hunt, Agility, Rally, and Lure Coursing with my 4 dogs. I also enjoy canine fitness and conditioning. My main focus for my canine companions is health and happiness. I am convinced that sports/activities and continual classes are an essential part of your dogs happy life. I have taught classes for dock diving, barn hunt and assisted in multiple agility classes. I am excited to continue teaching new activities and bringing new sports to our area!

Kris Brown:

Kris moved to St. George from Washington state in 2013 where she previously began agility training. She currently has two Border Collies and an Australian Cattle Dog and competes regularly in AKC and NADAC agility trials, having titled dogs in both venues. She also attends classes and seminars in Las Vegas to learn new training techniques to include distance handling and more. Kris spent 25 years in the race horse industry training Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, racing throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. She enjoys hiking with her dogs and also has a certified therapy dog.

Jennifer Dawson: 

I graduated my first dog training class at eight years old with my family’s year old German Shepherd. My 16-year-old sister, had dropped out of obedience class with the same dog. My love for animals, and passion for training, was as apparent then as it is today. I started competing in dog obedience at 17, and have dabbled in competitive obedience, agility, flyball, herding, and protection/ring sport. This led to a lot of amazing opportunities to compete internationally, and at things like The Great Outdoor Games, & The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. As well as other appearances on TV, like Dateline and the National Geographic channel, and performances at Globetrotter & Phoenix Suns games.
I’ve worked professionally with animals in some capacity for 30 years. I rode, trained, & groomed, hunter/jumper and dressage horses, and have been an animal control officer & shelter manager. I also spent several years very involved in rescue work. I began teaching classes, & training pet dogs, about 8yrs ago. For several of those years, I was a bootcamp trainer in Las Vegas, and gained an immense amount of experience working with many different breeds, and solving various behavioral issues.
I particularly love giving puppies and young dogs a good start, & helping them to become the best canine companions they can possibly be!! I always look forward to assisting new students in the development of superior communication, & relationships, with their companion animals.

Laurie Andrus:

I am a native of St. George since 1975. Agility and modifying behavior training with dogs is my passion. I have been training and competing in a variety of sports  for over 28 years with dogs. Nosework, Barnhunt and Dock Diving being our latest events. Herding will start in the fall. I use balanced methods creating a happy, willing and confident companion whether you just want to train and have fun with your dog or compete. I am looking forward to working with you and your four legged companion.

Trudy Wooden - 

Wisconsin native, B.S., M.S. in Education, 30+ years in Wisconsin school districts. Certified equine instructor/trainer with many years of experience showing and training horses and riders. Trained and successfully competed in agility from Novice A (beginner/beginner) to MACH5 (Master Agility Champion 5 times).  I have competed and titled my dog in several agility venues, competed in the AKC National Agility Championship, attended advanced training and seminars, taught agility classes for SUDS, and taught 4-H dog agility and horse project students in Wisconsin. I believe dog training, whether for competition, manners and safety, or just for fun, strengthens the bond between a dog and its human companion, making life happier for both.

LeAnn And Charlie

Gail and KC

LeAnn and Charlie

Arlene and Bill with Oppy and Tasha

Hanna and Lulu

Hanna and Axl Rose

Kris and Jake

Kris and Pepper

Jennifer and Damage

Laurie and River and Treasure


Leesa and Kenzi