Meet the Trainer


Lena Abuarafeh is the head trainer and owner of K9 Master Training. In her many years of experience with working with thousands of dogs of all breeds, she takes pride in serving the needs of her clients and their dogs. It is her passion and goal is to help keep dogs in their homes by working with owners on correctable behavioral issues. From training new puppies, to more advanced aggression - 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 every dog is 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 - while working closely with the owners to help stop unwanted behaviors and figure out a training plan that works for everyone. Training does not end when the lesson is over - her commitment to her clients is ongoing. 


With over 10 years training dogs, Lena started her career volunteering with a local non profit dog rescue in San Francisco. During that time, she worked with dogs who had mild to moderate behavioral issues, which led to a passion for wanting to help rehabilitate by giving dogs second chances. 

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 behavioral issues. 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. Lena prides herself on having lots of knowledge on every single breed and their behavior traits so she makes a training plan based on that dogs needs. In her extensive experience working with all types of dogs, she has also helped many clients successfully navigate and prepare for the city's vicious and dangerous dog court hearings when they are facing incidents around dog bites, bites to other dogs and other related issues. 


She previously volunteered with Rocket Dog Rescue in San Francisco from 2008 -2017 and has been an ongoing training resource for Copper's Dream Rescue and Beyond Rescue. 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 and visiting shelters all over the Bay Area.