Our Trainers are committed to you and work hard to help you and your dog achieve the success you are looking for. They are all professionals who have dedicated their lives to nurturing that special canine bond. Find out more about them here:
Megan Arey, AAS, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator
Owner & Trainer
Megan is the owner and head trainer at Inspire K-9’s Training Center. She has been training dogs since she was 16 years old within the competitive dog world. She has experience training and titling dogs in the breed ring, rally, hunt tests, CGC, trick and dock diving, as well as training for agility. She has a degree in animal science from the University of New Hampshire. Is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the national recognized Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Along with many experiences working as a dog groomer, assistant to professional dog handlers, and a veterinary assistant within the animal industry. Her passion to learn how to communicate with a dog and understand how they learn and process information lead her to become a certified dog trainer. Which allows her to help her clients work through many behaviors, through one on one privates and classes of many kinds.
When not hanging out at the training center, you can find her hanging out with her two boys and husband. Going on as many adventures as they can as a family. Or training or competing with her dogs, especially her goofy Black Lab Aiden & German Shorthaired Pointer Sassie
Lisa Caputo, CPDT-KA
You will see Lisa helping with Day School, Classes, and some private sessions. Prior to joining us here at Inspire K9’s, Lisa worked as Operation Director for the NH Humane Society. Lisa served as the director of operations for the Manchester Animal Shelter and before that, as animal care manager. Lisa was the adoption manager at the Upper Valley Humane Society and shelter manager at the Delaware SPCA. She has volunteered with the Sussex County Chapter of the Delaware SPCA and was also a disaster relief volunteer during Hurricane Katrina.
While working within the shelter environment Lisa took an interest in the dogs with difficult behaviors. Over time she felt she was pulled to gain more knowledge into training and behavior. Which brought her to becoming an assistant to Megan. She is very good at evaluating situations and applying her knowledge learned to help each human and dog team!
When not at the training center you can find Lisa out hiking with her husband and rescue dog Sabi !
Hunting & Retrievers
Ben is the husband of Megan and he does some part time training. He specializes in retrievers and hunting. He has been involved with training dogs since he was a young kid. With a passion for the outdoors and hunting, he got sparked by a fellow neighbor and his hunting dog. He took the time to shadow under him and then got his own dog that he trained. Since then he has been active on and off with the retriever hunt training and tests world.
When not working his full time job or helping Megan out at the facility, you can find Ben in the woods with his Black Lab Liberty and his two boys. Teaching them the ways of the outdoors.
Rally and Competitive Obedience Instructor
Staci Stanley graduated from UNH with an Animal Science Degree in 1996 and has been training dogs professionally ever since. She has been involved in competitive obedience for over 20 years and Rally since it became an official sport in 2005. Both her Bouvier and Papillon were the first of their breed to earn a rally title in the United States. Her main goal in teaching is to help owners strengthen their bond with their dogs through mutual respect and communication.
Meghan Ryder – Agility Instructor
Sue Drolet – Agility Instructor
Sue first started at Inspire K9 four years ago with her Yorkiepoo pup, Chip, as students in manners classes. After Chip got his CGC and trick dog certifications, Sue and Chip started their agility journey.
If you’ve been on Inspire K-9’s website and wonder who that dog is that is jumping though the tire – that’s Chip! And one of Sue’s favorite photos of him.
After working with Chip for the past four years with a variety of agility instructors, Sue decided to start agility with her youngest dog, Shadow, last year.
Shadow and Sue have recently been competing in CPE competitions both in Speedway and Agility. Sue and Shadow have also competed in Nosework competitions and have taken tracking classes here at Inspire.
Sue brings with her a variety of agility experiences and knowledge. Her supportive and welcoming style, as well as, her love for dogs and dog sports, will be appreciated by all her students.
Karen Kay – Nose Work Instructor
Karen Kay owns Kay9 Nosework and Kay9 Fitness in Deerfield, NH. She is currently in the Instructor Certification Program for NACSW, and is developing a network of beginner and advanced K9 Nose Work classes.
Karen is certified by the Karen Pryor Academy and is a KPA-CTP dog trainer. She is also a certified CCFT in canine fitness. Before going completely to the dogs, Karen spent 30 years coaching human athletes to the Olympic level. And she believes the key to success at the highest levels is all about the foundation skills. With humans and with dogs, Karen’s patient approach and sense of humor keep Nose Work classes active and fun for dogs and their humans at all levels.
Karen owns an Australian Koolie named Kazi, a rescue Staffy/Jack Russell mix named Comet, and a 15yr old beagle mix named Taffy who does whatever she wants. She also lives with two border collies. The family is active in several dog sports including nose work, agility, obedience and disc.