About Us

Karen Lau, Principal Instructor

Karen Lau - Agile Dog Sports

Karen started training dogs when she was 14 years of age – but really got started by training pet chickens at an even younger age of 7.

Originally from Singapore in South East Asia, Karen obtained most of her early dog training background by working with German Shepherds & a variety of other working and purebred dogs. This includes her top breed of choice, which is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and in mid 2014 she added her first Hungarian Pumi to the family. She also showed, trained and professionally handled German Shepherds while running a professional pet grooming business in Singapore.

With over 30 years of dog training experience, Karen has traveled, trained and competed in obedience, Flyball, Schutzhund and now the remarkable dog sport of Agility, which has gained tremendous worldwide popularity over the last 10 years. Karen has trained with many of the top competitors / trainers of the various dog sports she has been involved in and understands what it takes to be a highly successful dog trainer and agility handler.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CCPDT)

Karen Lau is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) based out of NYC, USA.

The CCPDT is an international testing and certification resource for animal training and behaviour professionals.

Certification is a form of credentialing in which individuals are recognized for advanced knowledge and skill. Certification requires assessment, including testing, and an evaluation of education and/or experience.

Dog Training Philosophy

Karen’s motivational dog training philosophy is simply to train consistently, have a lot of fun and to be fair to your dog always. Teaching others to be successful with their agility dog team mates is another accomplishment that Karen takes tremendous pride in.

Awards & Achievements

Karen’s achievements in dog agility include:

  • winning 2011 NW Cup Advance Mini Dog -1st place with Elektra
  • winning the 12 inch class November 2007 USDAA Performance National Standard qualifier in Vancouver, WA USA with Idgie
  • placing consistently in the Top 4 in 2008 USDAA Performance National Standard & Performance Speed Jumping tournament events
  • winning the 2007 BC Yukon AAC Regional Agility Championship Specials 10 inch class with Idgie
  • winning the 16 inch Regular class of the local 2006 USDAA Grand Prix qualifier in Graham, WA USA with her dog Idgie
  • being a member of the 2006 Canadian Agility Small Team competing in Basel, Switzerland, where Karen and Idgie placed 16th out of 24 countries competing (Idgie was the only SBT to run clean at this prestigious event)
  • representing Canada in the Small Team division of the 2005 World FCI Mini Team championships, held in Spain, where the Canadian team placed 6th out of 23 countries

Karen and Idgie also won the 16 inch Regular class at the 2005 BC / Yukon Regional Championships and the USDAA Sno-King 2005 Masters Versa-Agility award over all dog breeds entered.