The Who and the Where

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Chris Williams

Owner/Head Trainer

Caleaha Fugelseth

Trainer

Caite Williams

Operations Manager

Matt Weaver

Bite Work Decoy

Where We Work

Property/Facilities

Meet the Team

Chris Williams
Chris Williams

Owner/Head Trainer

Chris is a professional dog trainer that has achieved advanced certifications in both pet training and working dog training from Top Tier K9 dog trainer school. He is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.

Understanding the path to working with dogs is a constant journey of knowledge gathering and growth, Chris is consistently enrolled in continuing education classes and travels around the country to collaborate and learn from fellow trainers as often as he can. 

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Additionally, Chris competes in the working dog sport PSA with his Dutch Shepherd, Oaken. RYP also founded and hosts Montana's only PSA club. Click HERE to find out more about the sport and visit the PACK FEED for updates on the club!

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Best Bud

Schuck Handsome was my best friend and sidekick for almost 10 years. He is the reason I got into training. I miss him dearly but appreciate him showing me just how amazing pack harmony can be.

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Fur Missile Incoming
Fur Missile Incoming

Catching a working k9 leaping through a window for a bite.

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Oaken The Dutch
Oaken The Dutch

My new project dog Oaken. Bite work, tracking, advanced obedience and scent detection.

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My pack 2017
My pack 2017

Back when we lived in the dojo full time :)

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The Suit
The Suit

Striking a pose in the RYP dojo rocking the new bite suit

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Oaken the Dutch
Oaken the Dutch

My personal protection K9 at 6 months old looking fierce.

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Bicep Target
Bicep Target

Teaching K9 Blytz to target biceps on bite.

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Colorado Tracking
Colorado Tracking

Search and Rescue drills in Colorado with Liesel Weapon

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Iditarod 2008
Iditarod 2008

Thats me on the second sled, yeah...the one with the long hair...

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Tracking Club
Tracking Club
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Found You!
Found You!

Liesel Weapon found POI hidden in a cave.

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Fur Missile
Fur Missile

Catching malinois fur missiles.

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Hang on
Hang on

Tracking with Liesel Weapon. When a dog learns to love the game of the hunt you better get ready to hang on because they will pull you hard to hunt for their 'prey.'

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A true professional
A true professional
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Man's Best Man
Man's Best Man

Schuck was titled Man's Best Man at my wedding and looked dashing in a tie.

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  • Runs well with dogs

  • Plays well in dirt

  • No, I don't train cats

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Chris' Pack
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Oaken the Dutch

Oaken is a Dutch Shepherd trained in personal protection, wounded game tracking, scent detection and advanced obedience. Oaken competes PSA and currently holds a PDC and PSA 1 title.  

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Liesel Weapon

Liesel is a German Shepherd trained in tracking/trailing, bomb/firearm detection and advanced obedience. She is RYP's dynamo manhunting K9. 

Rumble Mountain

Rumble is a family dog/exceptional property and wildlife guardian. She is trained in advanced obedience and is rarely far from her little human, Ember, pictured above.

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Schuck Handsome

April 2008 - September 2017

Rest now old friend. We will run in the mountains together again some day.

 
Caite Williams

Operations Manager

  • Law Dog (Lawyer)

  • Mother of two

  • More Organized than Chris

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Fam Photo
Fam Photo
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A fourth generation Montanan, Caite's family later moved to New England for her Middle School and High School years. Feeling the mountains call her back, she came back to MT to complete her undergraduate degree and Law degree at the University of Montana. Meeting Chris in 2010, they got marred in 2014 and it has been mountains and shepherds ever since. 
She completed law school while living off-grid in a yurt. Weeks after graduation she hiked out of the woods from the yurt while in labor and gave birth to their daughter, Ember. This was all done 3 weeks before taking (and passing) the bar exam. 
She was a Prosecutor for Missoula County for over 2 years. During that time Caite also played a pivotal roles helping Chris start and grow RYP. Recently, she gave birth to their second kiddo, Smith, and decided to leave her position with the County to stay home with the kids and play a bigger role as Operations Manager at RYP.

 
 
Caleaha Fugelseth

Trainer

  • Gets bit for fun

  • Never wears matching socks

  • Yes, she trains cats

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Caleaha is a graduate of Tarheel Canine's

Master Course : a 6 month program that covers all aspects of behavior modification, police K9 training, SAR and protection sports. 

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Matt Weaver

Bite Work Decoy

  • 2 Dachshunds and a Dutchie

  • PHD in Chemistry

  • Now a student of getting bit

He fishes, he hunts, he gets bit. After spending years working towards his PHD in chemistry, Matt has shifted his academic mind towards the art form of being a decoy. RYP is lucky to have such a dedicated and brave individual ready to assist with developing confident and stable bite dogs for both civilians and LE/Military. He also competes in PSA with his dutch shepherd, Fenrir. 

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Quiet Wilderness Setting
- About 20 miles east of Missoula -
Temperature controlled kennel
Fenced in yard to romp and train off leash
Dog training in the round
Working K9s in a YURT
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Bite work, dog training missoula
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Day in the life
Day in the life

Client dogs work around each other while my daughter, Ember, hangs out in her play area :)

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Comfortable Dojo
Comfortable Dojo

While I geek out and talk about all things dog you will have a comfy couch to sit on :)

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Bite Work
Bite Work

Brinks works on drive building and bite work in the yurt.

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Tracking Club in the Dark
Tracking Club in the Dark

No matter whether it is dark, raining, snowing...tracking club goes out to work their dogs.

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Soaking the Sun
Soaking the Sun

Cooper soaks the sun while holding a down stay.

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Stoic Leo
Stoic Leo

Leo waiting intently to be released from command with yurt in the background.

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Shed Hunting
Shed Hunting

Peach works on shed hunting in the snow!

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