Who We Are

After spending time working with various trainers that used ‘old school’ methods, we knew there must be a better way. We struck out on our own to learn different techniques and gain a better understanding of canine behavior. Believing strongly that fear cannot be resolved through correction; and that dogs deserved to be treated with compassion and respect, REACH K9 was born.

Bridgette Ashmore:
Head Instructor

Bridgette is a certified dog trainer and the founder of REACH K9. She is dedicated to building stronger, more respectful relationships between dogs and their owners by improving communication. With years of experience, her passion is for helping dogs overcome their fears and helping owners become more knowledgeable about their dogs. She has successfully worked with many different dogs and owners from many different backgrounds. Committed to force-free/pain-free/fear-free approaches, she uses modern methods backed by science to help dog owners establish a stronger connection with their dogs.

She keeps her skills up by regularly pursuing courses and seminars and puts great value on continuing education. Certifications include Holistic Canine Behavior, Rescue Dog Cognition and Rehabilitation and most recently she was certified by AbsoluteDogs as a game-based Pro Dog Trainer & Dog Geek. A Northern transplant, she moved to VA from CT and looks forward to serving dogs and their owners in the local community.

Jaime Carnahan-Ranck:

Jaime joined REACH in the fall of 2017. She is a professional groomer, certified canine swim coach and group class instructor. She holds a BS in biology and has held many interesting animal related positions throughout the years; including zookeeper, pet store owner, doggie day care counselor, breeder/handler, and large/small animal veterinary assistant.  Her household includes her husband, twin boys, 4 dogs and several chickens. She has achieved CGCA, therapy dog certification and various trick dog titles on her Standard Poodle, Dusty, and is currently training him for Rally.

Ariel Baber:

Ariel has been working with animals since she was a child, and has been professionally training dogs for 5 years. She joined the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) in 2017 and remains a member today. She is one of less than 10 in the United States to earn the prestigious title of Professional Canine Trainer (PCT-A) from the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. The testing process for this credential is extremely rigorous, requiring a written test, demonstration of skills, and teaching group classes. Her other credentials include Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) and being an All-Star Trainer of the Year in 2020, Canine Conditioning and Fitness Coach (CCFC), Stunt Dog Judge (SDJ), Pet Dog Ambassador instructor and assessor, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator, and Be a Tree presenter. She has also served in the US Air Force and previously served as a volunteer for her local fire and EMS stations.


  • Bridget is amazing with animals and will do whatever it takes to help get your dog to where it needs to be. I have been to many different trainers and I can honestly say that Bridget is the best.

    Kathy W
  • Best trainer I have ever worked with. That means in training me as well! I had no idea how to handle and work with a puppy. I fully recommend Reach K9 to everyone!

    Michael K
  • Bridgette is do knowledgeable and my rescue loves her. She trains with firm kindness & love. No choke collars with her!!! She has many teaching tools and is patient with this end of the leash too. I couldn't believe how fast my dog is learning.

    Jan H
  • Reach K9 training taught me how to understand and teach my pup and helped me reach an entirely different level of understanding and communication with her. I'm also incredibly impressed at Bridgette's ability to communicate and work with every dog I've ever seen her with. Truly a dog skilled and knowledgeable dog lover.

    Shari L
  • I am absolutely delighted with Bridgette. She is an absolutely marvelous trainer and individual. She has a pleasant and firm manner with our very energetic puppy.

    Bernadette E