About Deborah & Rex-Treks
Deborah’s professional life has been a true “Trek” and taken many paths from scholar and educator of the art and science of human communication to working in the field of alternative dispute resolution to personal growth and enlightenment work with programs and coaching for people longing to live deeper, fuller, more potently embodied lives.
In 2011, she began a radical new phase of her life as a pet care companion – caring for and walking dogs (as well as other critters) through a fabulous locally owned and operated pet care service.
Deborah's life quite literally went to the dogs...
Initially, walking dogs was going to be an interim gig to bring in funds while doing something I love (spend time with canines) and allowing time for my soul to rest, revive and reorient, to rediscover purpose and passion. Little did I know then that spending time cavorting with and caring for dogs would reveal itself AS my future, reawakening a dream from my youth of working with animals. What I thought would be a temporary dalliance has become instead a wildly fulfilling plunge into dogdom.
When I began spending my days with dogs, I also immersed myself in personal study of canine behavior, communication and learning in order to provide the best possible experience for each and every dog in my care. In 2013 I enrolled in a local Canine Educator Internship Program with the intention of earning my credentials as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and became owner and operator of Rex-Treks.
Everyone needs their BFF...
My canine education wouldn’t be complete without my own personal canine trainer, Macy, who came to live with us in December 2012. Macy is an extra-ordinary young dog who trotted right into our hearts as if she had always lived there. Her sweet exuberance and charm enchants those she meets, canine and human alike. She has even charmed a few felines and we all know that is no easy task! Macy and I volunteer as Certified Pet Therapy Team through Project Canine, spreading her special brand of love. You can find us doing agility play, nose work games, entertaining tricks and other enriching activities. The experience of raising this little red dog has amplified the intensity of my devotion to serving the canine-human relationship for myself and for others.
After hundreds of hours walking, playing, training and communing with a diverse sampling of Seattle’s canine population, I am a competent canine coach and resource for all things doggy. I consider myself a passionate student of canine behavior and am dedicated to enriching the lives of the dogs that I care for and enhancing human-canine relationships with the gift of understanding. My mission is to provide fun and practical coaching for peeps and their pups to enjoy the best in each other and the life they share.
I have loved every moment of caring for dogs and partnering with their peeps to cultivate health, happiness and harmony in this most unique of relationships: between human and canine. I enjoy being a member of the “extended pack” and find great fulfillment in creating a deeply personal relationship with each dog in my care while supporting you, the human part of the equation, to attend to what you must during your day with an easy heart.
Deborah has earned and maintains certification as a Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA Knowledge Assessed) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Maintaining this certification requires at least 36 hours of approved continued professional development every three years.
Certified Therapy Dog Instructor & Examiner for Project Canine since 2014.
Macy and I were a Certified Therapy Dog Team/Handler from 2013 through 2022. She is retired from visiting, but still enjoys being a teaching dog for Project Canine classes.
Canine Educator Preparation Course — A rigorous 12 month apprenticeship and experiential program on canine development, behavior and learning with Judi Anderson-Wright MA, CPDT-KA, co-owner and Director of Canine Education at Great Dog Daycare.