Hello! My name is Ashley Diaz, owner & sole operator of K9 Ascent.
I opened business in 2014 on a mission to create happier & healthier pets through exceptional pet care. I lived by the slogan: a tired dog is a happy dog! But through the years, I found that physical exercise alone was not enough to fulfill the dogs I worked with and I began studying more about training & enrichment.
Today, my services incorporate exercise, exploration & engagement, creating a more holistic & fulfilling experience for our dogs. We venture to different parks, trails & neighborhoods to explore new sights, smells & sounds. And we work to engage the mind through basic training & structured walks; all while exercising & socializing with a small group of furry friends.
I believe the canine-human relationship thrives when centered around respect for our unique needs as different species, compassion in knowing we are all on an individual journey & a genuine love for our dogs, each other & ourselves.
My work in the outdoors began at the University of Hawaii, while volunteering with the Wild Dolphin Foundation. This experience ignited a passion for our planet, it’s inhabitants and opened my eyes to the interconnection of all life. I’ve carried this understanding into my everyday life & my work with dogs in the outdoors.
After graduating from the University of Hawaii, I returned to our beautiful Pacific Northwest & pursued my passions & interests from tourism & hospitality to art & photography, always pet-sitting and dog walking on the side. I quickly realized my true love was working hands-on with animals and dog walking became my full-time gig. I am a lifelong learner and enjoy studying everything dog. I've attended training courses, seminars & continue to learn alongside trusted mentors in the world of dogs. Always growing, I aim to use my experience & knowledge to be your dog's compassionate guide & loving companion.
When I’m not walking & talking dogs, you can find me snuggling with my two cats (Tiny & Tiger) or playing with my dog (Bailey). A member of The Mountaineers, I love exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest whether hiking, biking or paddleboarding. On rainy days, you might find me with a paintbrush in my hand, doing puzzles or teaching my dog a new trick!
For as long as I can remember, I have deeply valued the connection between human, animal & our natural world.
Licensed. Bonded. Insured.
Pet CPR & First Aid Certified
International Association of Canine Professionals
Homeward Pet Adoption Center Volunteer
Previous Kennel Assistant at Veterinary Hospital
Former Volunteer with the Washington State Animal Response Team
Mountaineers Member Certified in:
Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness Navigation
Experience & Qualifications
Coursework & Seminars Completed
Karen Pryor Academy - Dog Trainer Foundations
Understanding Dog Aggression by Michael Shikashios
NW School of Animal Massage - Fundamentals of Animal Massage
Fear Free Certified through Fear Free Pets
Oregon Tails - The Jentle Method
The Northwest School of Canine Studies (enrolled in Fall 2021 Program)