Crystal Lange’s love of animals started from early childhood. She always had some type of critter she was playing with or rescuing. It was her first dog, a Labrador, that got her interested in animal training and service dog breeds. When feeling conflicted about career paths of working with animals or pursuing physical therapy, she observed a guide dog team working across her college campus. In that moment she saw an opportunity to combine her two passions of training animals and helping people, and knew which path she wanted to take.
Crystal completed an extensive college program in Exotic Animal Training & Management at Moorpark College’s Teaching Zoo, working with a variety of exotic animals including a hyena, baboon, camel, raccoon, and macaws. After graduating college she worked for 11 years at Guide Dogs for the Blind training service dogs and their handlers across the country. She went on to start her own business, Party Animals NW, doing interactive, educational, live animal shows at parties, schools, and events. She also taught a variety of dog training classes and private lessons.
Over the years, Crystal has competed with her dogs in Nose Work & Barn Hunt. She has also taken classes doing Agility, Flyball, Rally, and tricks. Her Shiba Inu, Sake, knows over 50 different behaviors, is an ambassador with the animal shows, and is a certified Therapy Dog. Crystal and her animals have also done several commercials and print advertisements.
When not working, her and her husband like to get out with the dogs and explore nature by hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, or going to the coast.