Sara Brueske (she/her) has been training dogs since she was a young child, and has experienced a large variety of breeds and sports during that time. After graduating as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2011, she jumped into the professional dog training world. She began teaching group classes and private lessons at On the Run Canine Center in Minnesota. At the time she was also competing in agility, disc dog as well as fostering for local rescues.

In 2014, Sara was hired by Purina as a dog trainer to perform dog sport shows at Purina Farms in Grey Summit, Missouri. Her number of dogs quickly grew to fill the need of the job. Currently she has thirteen dogs of varying breeds and origins including a boston terrier mix, a papillion, several Australian koolies and Belgian Malinois. Sara and her dogs work to convince people to do more with their dogs, teach about responsible pet ownership and to get involved in the dog sport community.

After six years working as a full-time performer, Sara now teaches on the topic of dog sports full time. While disc dog and tricks are some of her specialities, she also is passionate about creating clear communication between handlers and their dogs as well as teaching how to build a solid foundation for any sport. Sara believes in positive reinforcement not only for dogs, but for their handlers as well. Her biggest joy in training is watching a handler and dog become partners and grow as a team. 

Currently, Sara trains in the sports of disc dog, agility, IGP, mondioring, scentwork and dock diving as well as being a trick dog enthusiast. She actively competes in agility, mondioring, dock diving and is planning on trialing in scentwork soon.

Pronouns: Sara goes by she/her .

Sara's Current and Upcoming Class List

FF230: Tricks with a Purpose

There are so many reasons why training tricks are beneficial to your dog, yourself and your relationship, tricks aren’t just for entertainment or rainy days anymore! Teaching ...

October 1, 2023

OB820: Control Games: Secondary Obedience for Protection Sports

While the most fun part of protection sports is the biting part, there is a lot of control work that needs to be done to do the protection exercises effectively. Secondary obe...

October 1, 2023

FE370: ALL THE SPORTS: Foundation for the Cross-training Canine

This course outlines the foundation training program developed by the instructor, Sara Brueske.  This program was developed with experience training many different breeds...

December 1, 2023

FF240: Tricks for Titles

Did you know that you can now title your dog in Tricks?! Tricks aren’t just for fun anymore and this isn’t just another tricks class! Tricks have so many purposes including te...

December 1, 2023

FF110: Pay to Play: Using Food to Get Great Toy Play

Do you have a dog that plays great at home but ignores the toy in public? Is your dog lacking confidence in tug or gets distracted in fetch? Or a dog that gets too excited abo...

February 1, 2024

OB370: Reliable Retrieves

This class will cover all of the pieces needed to train a reliable obedience retrieve. We will begin by teaching each piece of the behavior chain including the hold and front ...

February 1, 2024

DS340: Disc Dog - Handler's Choice

Disc dog is an amazing sport that has a variety of elements suitable for any toy-driven dog. This hybrid “handler’s choice” course will allow each team to work on the aspects ...

April 1, 2024

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LS100: Preparing for new puppy: From Prep to Family Member

      Preparing For Puppy! Are you bringing home a new puppy? Or have you recently brought home a new-to-you family member? This course will cover what you nee...

Sara Brueske (Faculty)

LS105: Adopt an Adult Dog: From Prep to Family Member

      Adopt an Adult Dog! Do you have your eye on a dog in a shelter or rescue organization? Or have you recently brought home a new-to-you family member? This...

Sara Brueske (Faculty)

LS175: Dog on the Go: Take Your Public Pooch Out and About

      Dog on the Go One of the greatest joys of owning a dog is involving that dog in your everyday life. A well-behaved dog can become the perfect partner for...

Sara Brueske (Faculty)

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Student Testimonials

I love your method of teaching. Lectures were short, sweet, and to the point, being very clear and easy to understand. You were very helpful for the Gold students, and provided tons of useful feedback.          

Sara is exceptional at breaking down the process so that it is easy and clear!               

Sara did a great job with this class, had some excellent ideas and gave great feedback. Rob N          

Great class Sara! Good content and great feedback for gold students.  I learned a lot! Thank you!          

Sara, you were awesome. Thanks for making me take time off from the other parts of our business to train my youngest dog some really cool tricks. Some are new to me, even after all these years. But please, stop saying 4 feet and say, ALL feet ;) Tripod Cha-Cha-Cha thanks you too!