...at Eastside Pet Ranch

East Side Pet Ranch has partnered with K9 Workingmind Training & Behavior to bring you a full complement of training solutions, led by veteran trainer Tara Stermer and her team.

K9Workingmind &
East Side Pet Ranch

K9Workingmind is the official training & behavioral partner of East Side Pet Ranch.
As part of that partnership, we are currently hosting group training sessions - including basic obedience!
  • All group classes are 6 week courses, and are limited to just 4 dogs & their owners, insuring that everyone gets plenty of one-on-one attention.

  • One-on-one training, specialty, and drop-in classes - including Workingmind, TDAWG, Tracking, and Scent Detection - are currently offered at K9Workingmind's facility, located just down the road at 15601 FM 969.

For more information about training and K9Workingmind - or to sign up for a class at East Side Pet Ranch, please visit K9Workingmind's website.
More information on group training can be found here. The class schedule can be found here.
  • Small groups with plenty of one-on-one time
  • Positive approach emphasizing canine body language, communication, and pack behaviors
  • Learn to better understand your dog's behavior and what motivates behaviors
  • Experienced team with decades of combined training experience

Meet the K9Working Mind Team!


Tara Stermer

Owner - K9Workingmind & Head Trainer

For 28 years, I have been helping owners understand their canine companions by teaching them how to communicate through body language and pack behaviors. I teach owners to protect more than they correct, as a dog would do. I specialize in canine aggression. Through my research and rehabilitation programs, many dogs deemed dangerously aggressive and unadoptable have been able to live calm, happy lives with their owners.

I started my career as a veterinary technician, where I quickly observed the lack of communication between human and dog. This is when I decided to dedicate my life to helping humans understand their dogs. I have never turned a dog away because I believe, unless there is a medical reason, any dog can be rehabilitated with the right program. My methods are based on how dogs communicate with each other by following their natural instincts, and, most importantly, keeping them in a "working-mind." My own pack includes 12 wonderful rescue dogs, all of which had serious aggression issues, and now are all "good citizens" that help us help other dogs resolve their issues.

I fight everyday for all dogs and try to educate as many people as possible through our community programs, work with area shelters, and seminars; in hopes that our research and experience may someday help the public understand our "misunderstood" dogs.




Howdy! My name is Laura and I have lived in the Austin area my whole life. My passion has always been centered around dogs and helping others to understand them. I am married to my wonderful wife, Kelly, and we have four rescue dogs in our pack: Jake (Border Collie/Heeler), Cisco (Dachshund mix), Charlie (German Shepard/Ridgeback mix), and Raven (Malinois/Shepard mix). I had been searching for a way to be an advocate for all dogs and move into a new career that allows me to intertwine my passion and help people communicate better with their dogs. I attended one of Tara's seminars years ago on body language and realized K9 Workingmind was the perfect place for me to learn, grow, and start my new journey. Everyday I experience amazingly diverse classes and strive to become the trainer that every dog deserves.