Who We Are

Owned and operated by Karen Hough, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Service Dog Trainer with over twenty years of experience in the industry, Field of Dreams provides variety of courses such as Beginner’s Agility, Puppy Life Skills, and Obedience Training. Each course is designed to help your pet put their best paw forward while also giving owners the education they need to create a safe, loving environment that nurtures their pet’s confidence and skill.

Our Doggie Day School offers your furry friends a fun-filled day of play under the supervision of our expertly trained doggie caretakers. And just like in people school, your pet will learn vital educational and socialization skills each and every visit.

The Field of Dreams facility is located in Vinton, Virginia where Karen and her team have been changing the lives of dogs and dog lovers since 2005. Her customers reside, work, and frolic in and around the Roanoke area.


Karen Hough


Owning Field Of Dreams is a dream come true. Dogs have been a part of my life for a long as I can remember. My parents raised Schnauzers and my first dog was a stray we found in Las Cruses, NM at a dump site. As a young girl and into my teens I raised and trained horses. As I reached my 20′s, I became interested in dog training. Pursuing my life’s passion of dog training enticed me to explore some interesting paths and rewarding opportunities working with exceptional people and dogs. I am immensely grateful for those opportunities.

Since co-founding Star City Canine Club in 1995 and devoting four and a half years to the inspiring mission of Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation as Director of Training – developing the service dog training program, puppy classes, recipient training classes and the prison-pup-partnership – I discovered that miracles usually happen in unexpected ways! In 2005 I was provided an opportunity to pursue Field of Dreams on a full-time basis.

Another passion is education. I have attended many seminars and workshops in agility training and instructing. I have attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, Clicker Expo and the Clean Run Instructor Conference.

I helped the Roanoke Valley SPCA in their institution of the Open Paw program. This program is designed to help shelter dogs develop the skills to help them be more adoptable.

I share my life with my husband, my Australian Shepherd and Smooth Collie.

Katie Degen

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Sarah Slone

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