Karen Duty is the owner of Hellroaring Kennels in Polson, MT. Hellroaring Kennels & Dog Training was established in 1998, specializing in early canine development, canine life skills, basic obedience, as well as therapy and service dog skills.
Karen has been training dogs since her childhood, beginning with the local 4-H club in her hometown of Lewistown, MT. She began her professional canine training education by certifying with the Animal Behavior College and also earning the title as an Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer. Later, she earned the title CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) from the CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers).
Her method of training is more of a technique or art form than any single “method” of training. Contributing factors of this art form are the many different styles of dog training and trainers she has had the opportunity to work with throughout her career. These influences include:
- Rick and Ronnie Smith in Bird Dog Training
- Don Remien, Rising Sun Retrievers Inc./Retriever Training
- Karen Prior, Behavior Management and Clicker-Related Science
- Terry Ryan, Legacy Canine Behavior and Training
- Gayle Watkins, Avidog International LLC. In Transformational Puppy Rearing and Transformation Evaluation; Recognized as an Avidog Associate
- Behesha Doan, This Able Veteran PTSD Service Dog Training Academy
- Suzanne Clothier, Carpe Canem – Relationship Centered Training
In the past ten years, Karen has been involved with Pet Partners – Therapy Animal Program and visited and trained several therapy dogs.
Karen has been a member of International Association of Canine Professionals since 2003 and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator since 2007.
For her, “It’s not just about dogs. It’s about dogs and their people. My goal is to improve the relationship between dog and owner, with “whatever works” but still following the Hippocratic Oath of “First do no harm.” All dogs and their people are different. Finding the right combination that makes it all come together is the key. My system is easily understandable, enjoyable, humane, and effective for all concerned.”