Meet the Trainer


Lena Abuarafeh is the head trainer and owner of K9 Master Training. In her many years of experience working with thousands of dogs of all breeds, she takes pride in serving the needs of her clients and their dogs. It's her passion and goal to help keep dogs in their homes by working with owners on correctable behavioral issues. Everything from training new puppies and their families, to dealing with more advanced aggression issues- she can help.  


Lena believes every dog deserves a chance, and that a trained dog not only makes a happy dog but a happy owner. She also understands the key to a successful training program because every dog is so different and each dog needs a different training approach. Her true specialty is making sure the owner is learning just as much as the dog along the way and working closely with the owners to help stop unwanted behaviors.  Training does not end when the lessons are over - her commitment to her clients is ongoing. 


Lena has over 10 years of experience in training dogs. She started her career volunteering with a local non profit dog rescue in San Francisco. During that time, she worked with dog's who had mild to moderate behavioral issues, which led to a passion of wanting to help rehabilitate and give more dog's a second chance. While she loves all breeds for their unique personalities and traits, she has a soft spot for the bully breeds. 

Lena has interned under well respected trainers and has had the opportunity to work work with hundreds of dogs where she earned invaluable experience with a huge variety of different dog's behaviors. She also has extensive knowledge on raising puppies, advanced obedience and in home pet dog training. She attended the MHS Dog Behavior Academy, as well as attended the 2016, 2017 & 2018 Canine Behavior Synopsis with leading animal behaviorists from around the country. She continues to expand her knowledge and attends dog training workshops often. She prides herself on having knowledge on every single breed and their behavior traits and makes a training plan based on that dogs needs. In her extensive experience working with all types of dogs, she has also been able to help many clients successfully navigate, prepare and attend the city's vicious and dangerous dog court hearings. 


She previously volunteered with Rocket Dog Rescue for over 9 years and has been an ongoing training resource for Copper's Dream Rescue. She is on the advisory board of Beyond Rescue in San Francisco. In her free time, she teaches low cost group training classes for Our Pack Inc, a pitbull based dog rescue in the South Bay. She also works closely with many animal shelters doing dog temperament testing in her free time while visiting shelters all over the Bay Area.