About Us

Why Should You Work With Ruff House?

Because We Are Tucson’s Dog & Puppy Obedience Training Experts!

The Blakers founded Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification in 2011. Initially Crystal ran the business by herself while her husband Michael continued to work in commercial real estate and banking. In 2014 Michael joined the Ruff House team to handle company operations and marketing efforts. This allowed Crystal to focus her attention and efforts on the training side of the business. Their skill sets compliment each others and allow Ruff House to deliver the highest-level of dog training to their customers while providing an unmatched customer-service experience.

As Director of Training, Crystal is primarily focused on developing and implementing training programs that create harmony between – dogs, their owners and others. She conducts basic and advanced dog obedience training in private, one-on-one sessions or in group, class settings for puppies and adult dogs. She’s found great success helping dog owners to modify problem behaviors in their dogs like: pulling on leash, jumping up on people, toilet training issues, mouthing/biting, crying when left alone, not responding when called, digging, and aggression towards other dogs and people, just to name a few.

As Director of Marketing & Operations, Michael manages all company activities other than training. This list includes but is not limited to: marketing, advertising, bookkeeping, I.T. and strategic relationships.

When not working, you can find the Ruff House Team competing in dog agility trials, performing Pet VIP Therapy visits, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, dirt biking, rollerblading or just hanging out with their daughter and their 3 dogs Wrigley, Calvin and Larry.

Wrigley, a Golden-doodle, was adopted through Arizona Golden Rescue in 2010. She is Crystal’s agility competition partner and is a certified therapy dog. Calvin, a Standard Poodle, was adopted through Arizona Poodle Rescue in 2011. He is also therapy certified and visits assisted living homes on a monthly basis. Larry, a Miniature Poodle, was adopted from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in 2012. His favorite activities include eating, chasing tennis balls and snuggling. He also really loves to learn and perform tricks for, you guessed it, treats.

Our Promise To You:
If you commit yourself to the training process and complete our assigned homework, the results will increase the enjoyment and peace that your dog brings into your home and life.

  • Crystal Blaker

    Director of Training

    Crystal, a Tucson native, has been passionate about animals since childhood. Her work with dogs began during high school while employed at a boarding and daycare facility in the east valley area of Phoenix. She relocated back to Tucson for college and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Arizona in 2007. […]

  • Michael Blaker

    Director of Marketing & Operations

    Michael was born in Bucks County, PA and moved to Arizona after high school. After 4 years in the United States Air Force and graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing and Industrial Technology, he moved to Los Angeles to work in the commercial printing industry. 14 years later, he decided […]

  • Wrigley Blaker

    Director of Dog Sports

    Wrigley is a Golden-doodle and serves as the Director of Dog Sports. Her primary responsibility is working as Crystal’s dog agility competition partner. Additionally Crystal and Wrigley perform certified therapy dog work through the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s VIP Therapy Dog program. In her free time she is the “Momma Dog” to a 65lbs. […]

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