Ahead of the pack is located at 4 Old Grange Road Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Our 2400 sq ft facility is newly matted for your dog’s safety whether you are training obedience or agility.

Katrina Magee and Francine Arnold are excited to bring their dog training skills to Dutchess County and surrounding area.

Katrina and Kion

Katrina found her niche in dog training after acquiring her Pitbull puppy Mason in 2002.  She began taking many classes with him in addition to attending several behavior seminars. Her behavior interest took off from there. She then became a Licensed Veterinary Technician to further her knowledge in animal care and behavior. Nine years ago, she furthered her behavior training and learned the sport of Agility to maximize her relationship with her very active  Cavalier, Jewel.  Francine, owner of D.O.G Agility Training Center was her instructor.   Francine helped Katrina unlock Jewels full potential and strengthened their relationship which helped them achieve 11 agility titles.

Now that Jewel is retired, Katrina is excited to began showing Kion in Agility.  In just his first couple of trials, he earned three agility titles.  Kion has already earned his Canine Good Citizen ,Canine Good Citizen Advanced and his Novice/ Intermediate Tricks titles.  They are a beautiful team !

Finally, Francine and Katrina have integrated their training styles and love for training and opened Ahead Of The Pack Dog Training Center, LLC.


Francine and Z28

Francine has been involved with dog training since 1995 when she rescued a ‘’McDonald’s dumpster’’ puppy. This magic puppy, named D-O-G, became Francine’s “heart dog” and inspired her education of dog training.

Now, over twenty years later, Francine has trained hundreds of dogs of numerous breeds. In 2008 Francine opened up her training facility D.O.G. Agility Training Center.  Francine trains and competes successfully with her dogs and has titled in agility, obedience, rally and tracking. She also trains and competes in IPO (Schutzhund), a protection sport. In between training dogs  and instructing at the D.O.G. Agility and Ahead of the Pack.  Francine is an expert at “reading” a dog, understanding how the dog learns and getting the most drive and motivation from the dog. Francine has titled Z28, a Belgian Malinois in AKC obedience, rally, agility and the protection sport IPO.  While many people successfully compete in one or two dog sports Francine is unique in her ability to cross train her dogs.  Z28 earned his IPO I title at the tender age of 26 months with a 1st in class, High in tracking and High in Trial. A month after his HIT for Schutzhund, Z went on to title in AKC Obedience and Rally with two 1st place wins and a 2nd place for his CD. In Rally, Z has had 3 perfect scores of 100. Z recently earned his IPO 2 and 3, the highest level that can be earned in the sport. Agility, Obedience, Rally and IPO are not typically trained at the same time with the same dog. Francine and Z28 are the exception.

Ahead of the Pack Training Center offers all levels of training for the pet owner and for those who wish to compete in AKC as well as other competition venues with emphasis on keeping dogs confident and highly motivated.