Our Western Washington branch of Compass Key serves Olympia, Tacoma, Renton, Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Oak Harbor, Bellingham, and all surrounding areas
Joey Iversen, KPA-CTP, CBATI, UW-ABB, TAGteach Faculty
With over 19+ years experience training and showing both dogs and horses, Joey Iversen has worked with all breeds of dogs and their owners. She has taught seminars around the world, including China, Taiwan, Australia, Denmark, Tokyo, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Canada. She is an excellent speaker and a conscientious trainer.
Her calm, patient manner makes it easy for people and dogs to understand and learn from her. Joey is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior and is also certified as TAGteach Faculty. Joey has reinforced her knowledge by attending hundreds of seminars, training sessions, and workshops given by internationally renowned experts.
Joey began her training career in Iowa where she developed and co-owned a successful training, daycare, agility center and boarding facility. There, Joey developed and taught all levels of dog and puppy obedience classes, agility, Rally-O, private lessons, and behavior counseling. She coached competitors in all canine sports and personally holds titles in Obedience, Rally-O, and Agility.
In 2007 Joey relocated to Seattle where she opened her business, Think Spot, which offers classes, private training, board and train, socialization playgroups and overnight boarding.
Joey has a passion for youth and teenagers. She and her Black Russian Terrier, “Pirate” were a registered Pet Partner team with Delta Society and participate in Animal Assisted Therapy, the Reading Education Assistance Dog program, and numerous other animal-assisted activities to better the lives of children and families. She received a Certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy Activities and Learning from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Joey said farewell to Pirate in 2016. She has just welcomed her new canine pal, Timber, a Spinone Italiano, as her new training partner.
Addie Yake has always made fast friends with the furry ones. However, it wasn’t until after she graduated from the University of Washington with an Economics degree that she made the leap into animal training. She was working in marketing, when she started researching animal training careers. This search led her to Moorpark College, where she enrolled in their Exotic Animal Training and Management program. The program allowed her the opportunity to care for and train a variety of animals, such as a mountain lion, a siamang, and sheep.
After Moorpark, and a brief stint as an intern with the National Marine Mammal Foundation, she found a home at Guide Dogs for the Blind for five lovely years. She would eventually become a Licensed Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. Through Guide Dogs, Addie found a true passion in supporting others in reaching their fullest form of independence.
Life brought Addie and her husband to Bellingham, where she worked as an employment specialist, supporting adults with developmental disabilities with their career goals, all the while starting her own pottery business. She’s excited to be a part of Compass Key's Service Dog Training Program to work with clients and service dogs again.
In her spare time, Addie enjoys working on home improvement projects, hiking with her husband and coonhound, and playing with clay.