Keri Caraher
TEAM
TEAM
Keri Caraher

The Canine Stars
Founder

Since
2012

Specialty:
Emcee, Business Admin

Colorado
United States
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THE CANINE STARS TEAM

 

Founder

 

BIOGRAPHY

Interview with

Keri Caraher

February 24, 2021

By

@CANINESTARS

Founder of The Canine Stars in 2012, Keri Caraher has been a dog trainer and world-class competitor since 1999 in the sports of Dog Agility, Flyball, Dock Diving and Disc Dog. As President of The Canine Stars, Inc., she tours North America with her rescued dogs performing in Stunt Dog Shows at fairs and events.

Q: What’s your specialty in The Canine Stars shows?

I'm the Founder and President of The Canine Stars, so I'm involved in all aspects of this business. I've trained my dogs to perform in all segments of our shows, but I also do ALL the behind-the-scenes administration... bookings, scheduling, pay the bills, dog care, driving/towing, setup and teardown labor, audio, emcee, plus perform in the shows! My main part in our shows is usually as Emcee, plus performing with my dogs in freestyle disc, dock diving, agility, and dance tricks like jumping rope.

Q: Tell us about your pack…your family of dogs.

Together, Ethan and I currently have 14 dogs in the family! They are mostly rescues, about half of them are dogs that we saved and intended to just foster, and try to find them homes. But they ended up staying in the family...which just means it was "meant to be!" I feel like fate is the best way to find a dog, I don't spend years researching pedigrees (but I used to!), I feel like the perfect dogs for me show up at the right time in my life.

My main performing dogs right now are Layla, Zapp, Chick Pea, Whisp, and Opal. They perform in Dock Diving, Tricks, High Jumping, Disc, and Agility. My retired superstar is Power, a Belgian Malinois, who got me started in Disc and Dock Diving, and she also was awesome at Flyball. My past superstars are Kaya, my first rescue mix (who was the greatest all-around athlete of all time!), and my Great Danes: Mega, Morgan, K8 and Tango.

Keri Caraher

Keri Caraher

's performing dogs

Zapp

Zapp

Border Collie
American Pitbull Terrier
Opal

Opal

American Pitbull Terrier
American Eskimo
Mixed Breed
Chick Pea

Chick Pea

American Pitbull Terrier
Whisp

Whisp

Border Collie
Greyhound
Layla

Layla

American Pitbull Terrier
American Eskimo
Whoopie Pie

Whoopie Pie

American Pitbull Terrier
Tiger

Tiger

Mixed Breed
American Pitbull Terrier
Sugar

Sugar

American Pitbull Terrier
American Bulldog
Boom

Boom

Great Dane

Keri Caraher

's

retired stars, and those waiting at the bridge

Power
Mega
Kaya

Q: What are your favorite Canine Stars shows and adventures?

Of course my favorite adventure was BERMUDA! In 2019, The Canine Stars flew to the Ag Show Bermuda. The shows were a blast, and the country is unbelievably beautiful - I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit.

I also really enjoy the crazy adventure of driving to Mexico City every year, since 2016. The Canine Stars perform there every year at ExpoCan, Mexico's annual national championship dog show. Alaska is always a fun trip, and the Calgary Stampede DOG BOWL always tops the year for best overall show, plus nearby Banff area is gorgeous!

My favorite part of every show is enjoying the new experiences and adventures with my great teammates.

Q: What are your top FOUNDATION skills that you like to train?

Because my dog training background was initially influenced by Agility and Flyball, my default foundation training tends toward encouraging drive and speed. Fetch and Tug games are a priority, and off leash recalls. I also always train the main travel necessities, which makes our road trip adventures more enjoyable. A positive crate experience is a major foundation skill requirement, as well as pottying in different environments.

Q: What are your favorite TRICK skills that you teach all your dogs?

A necessity for a thrilling stunt dog show is big air jumping dogs. It is much more exciting to see a dog catch a toy way up in the air, as compared to watching a dog catch a toy with all 4 feet on the ground. So my top skills to encourage in my dogs are high jumping, catching toys in the air mid-jump (applies to disc), and catching toys in the air over water (applies to dock diving).

Q: How did you get started in dog sports and dog training?

Growing up, my favorite books were "Champion Dog Prince Tom" and Steven Kellogg's "Pinkerton" series. I dreamed of having a Great Dane, and competing in dog shows and earning titles.

So of course after I graduated from college and started adulting, I got my first Great Dane, Morgan. I bought a camcorder for the day I brought her home, and started up her web vlog (in 1999!) Morgandane.com.

Our vet clinic had an agility course open to the public, so she got started on the agility equipment at 10 weeks old. I was instantly hooked, and we spent the next decade competing across North America in Agility and Flyball, where Morgan became famous as the most athletic and most titled Great Dane in the history of the breed.

Q: Outside of performing with The Canine Stars, what is your “normal” life like?

Growing up, my favorite books were "Champion Dog Prince Tom" and Steven Kellogg's "Pinkerton" series. I dreamed of having a Great Dane, and competing in dog shows and earning titles.

So of course after I graduated from college and started adulting, I got my first Great Dane, Morgan. I bought a camcorder for the day I brought her home, and started up her web vlog (in 1999!) Morgandane.com.

Our vet clinic had an agility course open to the public, so she got started on the agility equipment at 10 weeks old. I was instantly hooked, and we spent the next decade competing across North America in Agility and Flyball, where Morgan became famous as the most athletic and most titled Great Dane in the history of the breed.