Nancy Hansen has been working with dogs all her life. As a child, she accompanied her older sisters to their dog training classes and dog shows. By the age of 15 she was training and showing her own dog, an Irish Setter, in conformation and obedience trials. Together they earned a CD (Companion Dog) degree and a CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) degree. In 1975 the City of Montebello CA hired Nancy, only 17 at the time, to teach obedience classes for the Parks and Recreation department. She continued teaching classes for the city while attending the University of Southern California. She graduated in 1980 with a BA in Physical Education and a K-12 teaching credential with a special education endorsement.
After graduation, Nancy became a trainer at a personal protection/guard dog kennel while she did substitute teaching for Los Angeles County. In 1982 she moved to West Seattle and started her own business, The Puppy Perfectors Dog Training School.
Nancy has taught private and group obedience classes for more than 35 years. She stays current with new teaching methods, attending seminars and training classes with her own dogs on a regular basis. She is a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers and earned the Certified Pet Dog Trainer title from 2001 through 2005, one of the first trainers in Seattle to do so. She is also a member of the Washington State Obedience Club, an AKC Canine Good Citizenship® tester, a 2009, 2011 and 2013 winner for the Animal Training Services Award, and a 2011 Best of Western Washington top five winner, receiving 46 five-star reviews.
Nancy is active in showing and training her dogs in obedience, agility, flyball and herding. Over the years she has earned obedience titles on six different breeds of dogs. She currently shares her home with three dogs: a Belgian Malinois and two Australian Cattledogs. She also spends time with her “grand dogs,” a Great Dane and a King Charles Spaniel. Nancy is married and the proud mother of three girls; two are college graduates with successful careers and the third has graduated from college and is currently attending veterinary school.