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The Best Dog Trainers in Oregon of 2023

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Merlin Noble

May 27, 2023

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Welcome to the Oregon Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Oregon based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.

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The Best Oregon Dog Trainers in 2023

Roman Gottfried

I'm a certified dog trainer and trauma-informed holistic behavior consultant. I guide dog guardians, fosters and dog professionals to solve even the most complex challenges. I use a mind body spirit approach, as well as holistic-, trauma-informed, secure attachment-based, and the Do-No-Harm approach to get results.

I am a firm believer in educating dog professionals, handlers, caregivers, and the public about positive training and the damaging effects that the use of aversion and outdated dominance theory can have on dogs, especially dogs with trauma.

What Is Holistic Dog Training
Holistic Dog Training is a trauma-informed, secure attachment-based, behavior consultant, i follow a Holistic, Do-No-Harm Training and Animal Care Philosophy.
I believe that dogs are sentient beings that deserve to be treated with respect, should be allowed to express their emotions, live in a healthy, stress free, species appropriete environment. They should be allowed to become full members of our family, that ensures that the dogs hierarchy of needs are met, and creating and maintaining a positive human/dog relationship naturally, for life.

Holistic parenting and training approach addresses all of these elements so they can exist in harmonyI'm a certified dog trainer and trauma-informed holistic behavior consultant. I guide dog guardians, fosters, and professionals to solve even the most complex challenges. I use a mind-body-spirit approach, as well as a holistic-, trauma-informed, secure attachment-based, and Do-No-Harm approach to get results. I am a firm believer in educating dog professionals, handlers, caregivers, and the public about positive training and the damaging effects that the use of aversion and outdated dominance theory can have on dogs, especially dogs with trauma.

Certifications: Certified dog trainer, Holistic behavior consultant, Reiki master teacher

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Trauma informed behavior assessment, separation anxiety, holistic training, attachment problems, siblings rivalry, do No harm

Behavioral issue focus: Commonly working with families with reactive and aggressive dogs, dogs with developmental problems, anxiety and phobias

Training methods: I'm working with Families to learn how to educate and help the dogs establish a secure attachment, identify trauma, and communication, challenges, and better understand the dogs breed traits and individual personality. After the assessment, I put together a behavior treatment plan based on the dogs needs and the family's abilities.

Why I became a dog trainer: It was always my passion to help dogs feel safe and cared for in homes. I also have a passion to help dogs with no family to find one, help them with their behavior problems and heal trauma

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being able to manage my time, working with clients, working with people and dogs, living a healthy lifestyle and helping dogs

My #1 dog training tip: My number one training tip is not a training tip, before you train your dog, establish a secure attachment relationship

Service areas: USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada

Website: https://holisticdogtraining.org


Dawn Mellon

Owner/Instructor of The Missing Leash dog training & The Hiker Pup Academy online learning program.

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

Training methods: Force Free, R+ training

Why I became a dog trainer: I started competing with dogs in performance dog sports when I was 12yrs old and have always been a dog trainer. As a vet tech I learned how many people struggle with behavior problems I could help them solve

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: helping people and dogs better understand each other

My #1 dog training tip: dogs are the gods of frolic, embrace play as a way to connect and motivate

Service areas: Southern Oregon, Medford, Ashland, Talent, Jackson County

Website: https://www.thehikerpup.com


Skylar Lynch

Hi, I'm Skylar! I am the owner of Top Dog Behavior and Training and have the honor of working with dog guardians from all over the world to better bond with their dogs through training!

I've had the unique experience of working with dogs of many breeds and personalities over the last 10 years, as well as assisting pet parents in improving the diets of their beloved cats and dogs to improve their overall wellness and nutrition over the last 4 years. Prior to receiving my first dog training certification in 2018, I had experience working with and training horses for many years before shifting my focus to working with dogs and their people. Upon learning just how much diet and wellness plays into the behavior of our furry friends, I began to learn more about pet nutrition and began gaining certifications specializing in pet food and raw feeding in 2020.

Throughout my career I have made a commitment to providing my clients with the most up-to-date, scientifically valid, and humane training methods. I continue to uphold this commitment by continuing to gain certifications from highly regarded organizations within the industry, as well as attending industry conferences and continuing education opportunities from some of the best trainers and experts in the world.

With a commitment to force free, science-based training, I promise to:

Treat both you and your dog with compassion

Always make sure you understand the "why" of the training we are doing

Provide training that puts your dog's safety, well-being, and unique personality first - no fear, intimidation, or pain will ever be used!

Provide top-quality and proven methods to help you achieve your training goals

I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your dog, and I can't wait to hear from you!

If you have any questions about my qualifications, methods, or services, use the "Contact Us" button onscreen or shoot me an email!

Certifications: ABC-DT, CTDI, AKC Evaluator, Certified Pet Food Specialist, Certified Raw Food Specialist

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Group Training, In-Home Private Training, Virtual Training, Obedience Training, Trick Dog Training, Owner Education, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluations, Therapy and Service Dog Support and Foundation Training, Pet Nutrition Coaching

Behavioral issue focus: Most commonly my clients work with me to learn the essential foundational skills and common obedience cues or to overcome and manage aggression or reactivity in an effective, humane, and science-backed way!

Training methods: Group classes and workshops follow a class syllabus which private training clients receive an initial training consultation in order to create a custom training plan for future sessions. All training is done using the most effective, humane, and science-backed training methods through a positive reinforcement and force free approach.

Why I became a dog trainer: After getting my first dog at 6, my love of animals only continued to flourish. I spent most of my childhood working with animals, from volunteering at the local Humane Society as soon as I was old enough, to competing in equestrian sports and helping to train school horses for the new riders. Finally, in 2018, I started gaining dog training certifications and working professionally to help dog guardians achieve theri training goals!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love working with dedicated dog guardians to better bond with their dogs while achieving their training goals. The best part for me is when a client feels empowered in their training journey and begins to appreciate their dog in a new way.

My #1 dog training tip: Always have treats! Dogs are smart and will repeat the behaviors we want to see when they are rewarded for them.

Service areas: Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley, Jackson County, Medford Oregon, Ashland Oregon

Website: https://topdogbehavior.com


Jamie Walthers

Jamie is a Portland native who has always had a passion for animals and behavior. She received her BA from PSU where she started her career in social work before finding her way into her true passion of working with dogs and helping them and their people have better relationships.

She founded Sit Stay Fit, a Portland based dog training facility, with Jenna over a decade ago and is excited to bring her knowledge of training and enthusiasm for working with dogs to Central Oregon. She is making the move with her wife and their pack of six glorious dogs who are eager to welcome your pups into their home for adventures and training.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided:

In Central Oregon, I offer Board & Train. Adventure Boarding & In home Private trainings through Wild Intentions.

In Portland, I co-own Sit Stay Fit. We offer day training, group classes, play groups, private trainings, Board & Train and more.

I love working with new puppies, getting them started on the right track, but also have a love of working with fearful or reactive dogs, helping them build confidence in the world.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, reactivity, impulse control

Training methods: I am a positive reinforcement based trainer. All behavioral consultations, private trainings & Board & Trains come with a training plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: Nothing makes my heart happier than helping people better understand their dogs so that they can live their best life possible.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping build a dog's confidence or better assist their person to understand them so that their world can expand to its fullest potential.

My #1 dog training tip: Be a team with you dog! By this, I mean listen to what they are telling you by reading their body language, go at their pace and engage with them as you navigate the human world.

Service areas: Portland metro, Bend, Redmond, Sunriver

Website: https://wildintentionsbend.com


Connie DeBusschere

I've worked with dogs for over 40 years. I started out in 4H has a kid, then an assistant 4H leader and assistant trainer as a young adult, then I got into competition and dog clubs.

I was the co-founder for the Cascade K9 Jamboree, which was an event to raise money for the local K9 officers. I worked with the local library bringing in the R.E.A.D. (Reading, Education, Assistance, Dog) program, where
kids with ready or social problems read to dog.

I'm also a breeder and advocate for the English Shepherd breed and host annual events.

Certifications:

Oregon State University Department of Animal Science Canine Behavior
AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, Trick Dog Tester, Farm Dog Judge. Therapy Dog Handler

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: At Canine Training Adventures we strive to provide the best training solutions while building everlasting relationships. We do this with our innovative class curriculums designed for real life results, force free, scientifically proven methods. We offer Puppy Preschool, Manners & More, Canine Good Citizen, Nose Work, Behavior Consultations, Private Lesson, Workshops, NASDA Practice & Trials

Behavioral issue focus: We work with puppy owners on biting, jumping, barking, house training, chewing, socialization, crate training and more. For the adolescent we help with manners, impulse control, calm around dogs and people, settle on a mat, polite greetings, leash walking, attention, come when called, focus and more. Behavior plans help with fearful dogs, over excited, anxious or reactive.

Training methods: We like to work "with" the dog instead of dominating them. The best results come from clear communication, positive reinforcement, force free, reward base, scientifically proven methods. We also like to make training fun and rewarding for both dog and owner.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because of the wonderful adventures I've had with my dogs. I want to help others have similar or better ones.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the owners and their dogs having fun together training. Seeing their relationship and communication grow.

My #1 dog training tip: Give the dog a chance to respond after giving them a cue to do something.

Service areas: Sweet Home, Lebanon, Brownsville, Albany, Linn County

Website: https://caninetrainingadventures.com/


Kaia Wilson

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)(FDM Family Dog Mediator) who has been working with dogs professionally since 2013. I have high hopes for changing the way people see and understand our (captive) canine comrades!

My mission as a dog trainer is to provide human dog guardians with a clear understanding of how dogs learn, techniques and protocols for affecting behavior using fun, compassion-centered methods, and to support the dog and the human side of the relationship while we go on this journey together.

When I'm not training dogs, I'm playing music with my band of the last 30 years, cooking with lots of spices, playing ping pong, and co-dog-pendently making sure my own dogs lives are as fulfilling as can be.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FDM

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I focus on finding ways to achieve household harmony between canines and humans that meet everyones needs; I prescribe a combination of training (aka humans teaching dogs cool skills) and various enrichment and management additions to help achieve that.

Behavioral issue focus: I love working with sensitive/fearful dogs and building confidence and a sense of security. I'm often working with leash reactivity, neophobia, separation distress and more.

Training methods: I utilize positive reinforcement, force and fear free training methods. I build out step by step processes for the guardian to work on with their dogs, supporting the human side of the equation with open lines of communication, progress reports, and various forms of supplemental learning aids.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I love dogs and I wanted to help improve the quality of their lives in our human households.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is improving quality of life for humans and their dogs, dogs and their humans!

My #1 dog training tip: ENRICHMENT, find out what enriches and nourishes your dog and provide them opportunities for those things, and your training/behavior modification goals will be so much easier to achieve.

Service areas: I primarily serve Portland, Oregon, with brief stints in Los Angeles and Eugene

Website: https://dogspeed.dog


Lorenzo JW Fox

Lorenzo grew up on a petting zoo and cattle farm in Kentucky surrounded by a variety of animals- everything from camels and coatimundis, to arctic foxes and water buffalo. He obtained his BA from Portland State University in 2012, and then dove into the world of behavior.

After nearly a decade of working with kids, teens, and young adults in adventure guiding, wilderness therapy, juvenile incarceration, residential treatment, and crisis centers, Lorenzo now works with animals. He utilizes play, consent, choice, clear communication, and the building of predictable patterns so that both humans and animals can thrive. Exploring a relational and ethological approach, Lorenzo specializes in resolving challenging and complex behavior struggles- including aggressive behaviors, fears and phobias, and separation-related distress.

With his own dogs, he enjoys sports like agility, tracking, nosework, dock diving, hiking, climbing, and laying in the sun for hours. He also spends time and energy improving husbandry and enrichment for his aging cockatiel, 9-foot boa, and baby tarantulas.

Certifications: CPDT-KA; SAPT; FDM; Fear Free

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Virtual training; in-person training; large indoor facility; private training; in-person group classes; virtual group classes; webinars; reactive-dog friendly group classes (parkour, tricks, etc); constructional aggression training

Behavioral issue focus: Behavior modification; complex behavior issues; aggression; fears/ phobias; abnormal repetitive behaviors; separation-related distress; bite history; reactivity; veterinary phobia; cooperative care/ handling/ husbandry

Training methods: Wrap-around care and consultation w/ board-certified veterinary behaviorist; hands-on cooperative care and husbandry training; in-depth behavior health assessments to inform training plan; detailed plans including videos, written instructions, and communication with trainer between sessions; robust referral program for further health assessment related to behavior modification; flexible remote and in-person training; full online client portal to access all training plans and veterinary behavior information

Why I became a dog trainer: Because dogs need humans in order to survive, and humans need dogs in order to thrive. Because dogs deserve humans who do better as they know better.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Witnessing the moments of depth and intimacy when trust begins to grow between dogs and their guardians.
Facilitating trauma recovery for dogs AND humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to and advocate for your dog, no matter what; learn the self-regulation and self-awareness skills you expect your dog to develop.

Service areas: Portland, OR & remote training (anywhere)

Website: https://www.synergybehavior.com


Christina Perez

I am a PNW native who has been training dogs in Portland for 13 years. I work for Wonder Puppy- Puppy Parenting Center, in NW Portland. I have a teenage rescue Border Collie Mix puppy named Fern, who is my best teacher and adventure buddy.

I love helping people get through puppyhood by seeing behavior from their dog's perspective, having realistic expectations of what their dog is capable of based on their developmental stage, and channeling patience, and compassion, when supporting their dogs. Also, laughter is key. My hope is that through working with me people can see training as not just a thing we do the first two years of our dog's lives, but more so a mentality and lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.

Certifications: CPDT- KA

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide Group Classes, Private Training, and Puppy Socials. I work for a Puppy Parenting Center and my specialty is working with Adolescent Dogs and Dogs who struggle with impulse control, overexcitement, and reactivity.

Behavioral issue focus: Jumping, Mouthing, Barking, Leash Reactivity, Impulsivity around Dogs and People, Fearfulness around Dogs and People

Training methods: I adhere to LIMA, Force Free, Rewards Based, Science Based training. I use management, clicker training, treats, toys, classical conditioning and desensitization.

Why I became a dog trainer: Originally it was because I felt a strong connection to dogs and knew a career working alongside them would be incredibly fulfilling. Now, I feel that as positive reinforcement dog trainers we are their biggest advocates, and helping better educate the public in compassionate training and care feels essential.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching how clear communication between the human and dog can allow such incredible bonding and joy to be experienced.

My #1 dog training tip: Whenever possible, have fun with your dog!

Service areas: Portland

Website: https://www.wonder-puppy.com


Erica Pashia

My name is Erica Pashia and I am the owner and head trainer for The Kind Canine. I am a certified dog trainer (CPDT-KA, ABCDT, Fear Free - Certified) and have raised and worked with many wonderful dogs throughout the course of my life. I have been training pet dogs (and dabbling in a few sports) in private and group settings for 5 years and heavily prioritize my continuing education in canine behavior.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABC-DT, FF-CP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private instruction/coaching, reactivity and aggression, behavior modification, basic manners/obedience, puppy foundations, group classes, day training/training walks

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in fear-based behaviors, anxiety, reactivity and aggression - helping dogs (and their people) to feel more comfortable, relaxed and happy while out in the world.

Training methods: We use up-to-date, modern positive reinforcement/force free methods. We do free initial 60-minute zoom consultations, various packages for private coaching, customized treatment/training plans after each session, collaborative work with vet behaviorists and general practice vets when needed and walking services to help keep the training going.

Why I became a dog trainer: From an early age, I was fascinated and intrigued by animals and animal behavior as a whole. When I rescued my first dog as an adult - who also came to me with several severe behaviors of concern - I became fully entrenched in dog training strategies, philosophies and how to better communicate with my new canine companion, thus beginning my journey as a professional dog trainer! I feel so blessed that I get to help dog guardians better understand their companions and how to teach them more effectively.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer would definitely have to be showing people that they can have mutually fulfilling relationships with their dogs and can communicate with them without using fear, pain or intimidation. There is another way - and I'm grateful that I get to show people that other way! :)

My #1 dog training tip: If you're always focusing on when you're dog is getting it wrong and find yourself regularly frustrated with them, look for the 'yes'moments. Set up their environment differently so that they are set up for success. Be proactive, not reactive. Be patient, help them make the choices you would like them to make and build the habits you would like to instill - and REWARD them for those preferred choices!

Service areas: Bend, surrounding cities of Central Oregon

Website: https://www.thekindcaninepetservices.com/


Carolyn Rositano

Carolyn's love for animals started when she was a kid, and she has gained a lot of knowledge about dogs through her various jobs and experiences throughout her life. Her passion for animals first led her to pursue a Bachelor's degree in biology/zoology.

After graduating, she started working in her local shelter in Upstate NY. While working there, she started noticing how many amazing dogs were given up for 'problem behaviors' that the owners just didn't have the tools or knowledge to help fix. She loved the shelter world but ended up deciding to further her education and pursue a possible career in Veterinary Technology.

While in school, she got a job at a doggy daycare in Buffalo, NY and her love for all things dog behavior began. She completed her degree and became a Licensed Vet Tech, but quickly realized that her interest lied more with dog behavior than with the medical side.

After moving and spending a few years living in Charlotte, NC, Carolyn began to pursue her career in animal behavior and became a Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College. While completing her volunteer hours at the Humane Society of Charlotte, a part time job working with the behavior department opened up. She spent about 7 months working there and learning from her mentor at HSC and eventually ended up taking over the shelter Behavior and Training Coordinator role.

She has worked with a large variety of dogs and behaviors, including under-socialized puppies, over-stimulated dogs with reactivity issues, dogs from hoarding cases who had never met other humans, dogs with bite histories, and everything in between! She quickly realized that she had a passion and talent for understanding the 'behaviorally challenged' dogs and helping their owners do the same. She also has extensive experience working with and interpreting dog-to-dog interactions.

Her main goal as a trainer is to help pet parents connect with and better understand their dog for who they are, while providing them with the tools to help them continue to live fun and happy lives together.

Certifications: ABCDT

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private training & day training for fearful, undersocialized, and anxious dogs. I also specialize in dog to dog interactions, work with reactive dogs, and offer basic manners & life skill training

Behavioral issue focus: Fear & general anxiety, undersocialized rescue dogs, dog to dog interactions, leash reactivity.

Training methods: I use force free methods and believe that every dog/human pair are unique and need individualized care. Behavior consultations are required for any behavior modification clients. I have general training plans that I follow for all of my clients but I adjust and tailor them regularly based on the dog and the human client.

Why I became a dog trainer: In vet tech school I noticed that all of my interests were centered around dog behavior. After losing a dog of my own to aggressive behavioral issues, I was determined to be able to help others going through challenges with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing both the dogs and the clients have their 'aha' moments and watching the bond they have grow even more when they start to understand their dog on a new level

My #1 dog training tip: Building a trusting relationship with your dog is the foundation to long term training goals

Service areas: Salem, Keizer, Independence, Monmouth, Dallas

Website: https://www.partnershipdogs.com/


Kelsey Weber

I am a Certified Dog Trainer and Family Dog Mediator, specializing in helping families with their pet dogs. Most commonly, I work with puppies, anxious/fearful dogs, and reactive dogs through positive, humane training methods.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, FDM

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.pawsitivelytraineddogs.com


Tera Dschaak -James

I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. I am co-owner at Training Spot and am grateful to offer humane training to my community. My passion is teaching humans and dogs to communicate with each other to make training easy and fun for everyone. My mission is educate as many people as I can on science based training methods and help create a better life for dogs and their humans.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, ABC, Puppy Start Right, CPDT-KA, Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide dog training for all ages and breeds of dogs, with a specialty in Puppy and Teenage Puppy training. Some of my offerings are group classes, private lessons and in home training session.

Behavioral issue focus: I also work with fearful and reactive dogs to help them gain confidence and feel more comfortable in their environment and home.

Training methods: I works closely with each pet parent and their dog to customize a training specific to their needs and training goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a trainer because I adopted a reactive/aggressive teenage puppy that was able to learn to trust and thrive in her environment through positive training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: All of the wonderful & kind people I get to work with and their amazing dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Find out your dog's most favorite reinforcers!

Service areas: All of Lane County

Website: https://www.trainingspot.us


Stephanie Collingsworth

With more than 20 years of experience working as a certified trainer to help dogs and owners with kind, practical solutions to a wide range of training and behavior issues. I strive to be a compassionate teacher and I love coaching humans on how to listen to, and communicate more effectively with, their animal companions.

My extensive experience working as a private trainer, as part of the behavior team at the Animal Behavior Clinic, and as a behavior evaluator and counselor at a county animal shelter, has shaped my comprehensive, welfare-focused approach to dog training & behavior consulting.

Certifications: CBCC-KA Certified Behavior Consultant Canine

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Offering virtual and in-home training and behavior modification services for a wide variety of complex and simple behavior and training goals.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, fear based behaviors, anxiety based behaviors, separation anxiety, cooperative care, basic manners, multi-pet households, and more

Training methods: Science based solutions that focus on biological factors, individual traits, and life experiences that make each dog one-of-a-kind.

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to help dogs thrive in their homes by teaching their human family members how to communicate effectively and better understand their dog's needs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs and people find joy in their relationship!

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dog where they are at.

Service areas: Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah, and Clark counties

Website: https://www.instinctdogtraining.com


Christina Gray

The two-legged heart behind GHK9, Christina's worked professionally with dogs for 10+ years as a private trainer, reactivity specialist, board-and-train provider, class instructor, puppy playgroup leader and consultant. She loves behavior science, animal rescue and coaching humans as well as dogs. Her heart belongs to her Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Certifications: IAABC-ADT, FDM, Ph.D.

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: puppy socials, basic-advanced skills, reactivity, foundations for working dogs, adolescent dogs

Behavioral issue focus: I work with people who are having a hard time understanding their dog's behavior or are having a hard time living with their dog, and with people who want to set their dog up for success in life

Training methods: consultation, training plan, behavior modification, training skills for beginners and experienced dog handlers, 1:1 training with dogs, support for veterinary behaviorist plans. Cooperative care, start buttons, relationship building, confidence and canine-specific needs based force free training

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people and dogs live their best life together

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Learning and growing along with my clients

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to the dog

Website: https://greatheartk9.com


Marissa Oday

I have always found friendship and comfort in dogs. After the adoption of my cattle dog, Kibeth, with an extremely high prey drive and reactivity concerns I knew I needed help. Seeing the impact of positive training for Kibeth, I pivoted to a dog training career as a Karen Pryor Academy graduate and Certified Training Partner. I am dedicated to helping clients improve connections with their dogs while wading through societal pressures often felt around having a dog with behavior problems.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: Obedience training, training classes, private training sessions, basic commands, reactivity training, behavior modification training

Behavioral issue focus: Dog to dog reactivity, dog to people reactivity, barrier frustration, resource guarding, body handling sensitivity

Training methods: Behavior consultations, training plans

Why I became a dog trainer: Mar-22

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people build better relationships with their dogs

My #1 dog training tip: Always keep it fun!

Service areas: Eugene City

Website: https://trainingspot.us


Heidi VanDerVoorn

Heidi, CPDT-KA, KPA has worked professionally with dogs for the past 2 years as a private trainer, puppy group consultant, and day trainer at Noble Woof. She is extremely knowledgeable in adolescent and puppy behavior, with a passion for R+ behavior science. Prior to becoming a dog trainer she was immersed in the corporate world, managing global events and field marketing programs for companies like Cisco and Dell Technologies.

She developed a passion towards training dogs in 2013 when she became the proud owner of a Tamaskan, a rare Northern breed with a wolf-like appearance bred from Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and German Shepherds. Tamaskans are a smart and energetic working breed, and she quickly realized that the dog needed a lot of enrichment and training.

She enrolled in as many classes and workshops as she could to improve her skills as a trainer. The challenge of these classes and the enjoyment of seeing her dog succeed inspired her to continue developing her own natural abilities. She now has another 4 year old Tamaskan and between the two of them she actively enjoys many dog-sports including Bikejoring, Rally Obedience, Agility, Trick Training, Nose Work, and Barn Hunt. Navarre, her 10 year old Tamaskan, has received his Novice, Intermediated, Advanced, and Expert Trick Dog, Rally Novice (RN), Nose Work (NW1), and Barn Hunt (RATS) titles.

Heidi is extremely active in the Noble Woof community, and has managed the behavior chat line and supporting the Puppy Classes and Socials. When she is not actively working on completing her dog training certifications she enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, cross country skiing and paddle-boarding with her dogs.

Certifications: KPA, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private Sessions, Day Training, Basic Foundations, Potty Training, Distractions, Off Leash

Behavioral issue focus: Basic Foundational Skills

Training methods: Initial behavior consultations to identify overall goals. Clients receive access to their own personal Google drive to have dedicated access to all videos and handouts. Thorough recap after each session that defines skill and behavior through positive reinforcement.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help guardians understand dog behavior and to be an advocate for dogs

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing dogs thrive with enrichment that they never had before and their behavior being modified or learning new skills.

My #1 dog training tip: Management!

Service areas: Portland - Multnomah and Washington Counties

Website: https://www.noblewoof.com/


Brie Blakeman

Brie Blakeman, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, is a certified professional behavior consultant and dog trainer. She is also a board member of the acclaimed Whole Dog Academy Dog Training School, and member of the Pet Professional Guild. Brie started her professional career as a full time coach for the Training and Behavior Department at The Oregon Humane Society. It was during her time there she discovered a passion for not just training dogs, but coaching the humans who raise and love them.

Raising her own two Siberian Huskies with complex and challenging behavior issues put Brie in a unique position to hone her skills working with 'out of the box' behavior cases that require comprehensive and in-depth understanding of behavior modification and learning theory. It was during this time she discovered her love for working complex behavior cases centering around dog reactivity, vet phobia, and aggression.

To boost her knowledge Brie attended and graduated from leading aggression expert Michael Shikashio's Aggression in Dogs Master Course, and studied cooperative care training with Laura Monaco Torrelli. Brie continues her studies by regularly attending the most current, up to date conferences on canine behavior taught by today's leading experts in animal behavior.

While Brie received her first professional certification in 2017, she credits her skill to a lifetime of working with and training animals.

As a child, she raised her family's standard poodles, rats, and parrots, spending all her free time training them to perform a wide variety of behaviors from potty training to tricks. At the age of 12 she started training western horses to perform dressage/hunter Jumper which taught her a lot about how human body language, handling, and relationship with the animal plays a large role in behavior outcomes.

Her background as a public speaker and educator has given her a unique ability to recognize subtle shifts that can be made to enhance the lives of both the human and canine end of the leash. This is supported with a deep passion for breaking down challenging concepts and methodologies into practical everyday use.

Alongside running her own business, Brie and her two huskies enjoy Skijoring, Rally Obedience, and Trick Training. Her three year old Siberian Husky Yuka has earned her Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert Trick Dog Titles.

Brie's greatest teachers have and will always be the dogs and humans she has the honor of working with every day.

Brie credits her knowledge and work to Susan Friedman, Karen Pryor, Laura Monaco Torrelli, Leslie McDevitt, Suzanne Clothier, Jean Donaldson, Tanya Roberts, Donna Hill, Emma Parsons, Emily Larson, Annika McDade, Dr. Chris Pachel, Hannah Branigan, Grisha Stewart, Ken Ramirez, Pamela Reid, Patricia B. McConnell and many more!

Credentials:
Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA), through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Aggression In Dogs Master Course Graduate
VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialist Pet First Aid/CPR
Bachelors of Arts in Business Development and Interdisciplinary Arts

Certifications: CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Our certified dog trainers use clicker training and focus on strengthening the human-animal bond while addressing behavior issues large and small. We offer private in-home coaching, drop-off tutoring, group classes, puppy socials, and have a specialized day training camp. Our Day Training & Enrichment program in SE Montavilla offers dogs ages 6 months and older a day training program with opportunities for dynamic enrichment & training with a certified professional. This program provides ample time and space for both indoor and outdoor enrichment activities and follows a rhythmic schedule that fosters intrinsic canine learning in a peaceful and nurturing setting. The focus of the program is to give dogs the chance to develop and learn at their natural pace.

Behavioral issue focus: Separation Anxiety, Aggression, Reactivity, Puppy Training & Socialization, Cooperative Care & Husbandry

Training methods:

We help you develop healthy training habits that will support your goals & relationship for life.

Our certified dog trainers use clicker training to strengthen the human-animal bond and improve behavior outcomes.

With our 'BMET' pedagogy, we help you understand why your dog is the way they are, and how the four pillars of body language, management, exercise/enrichment & teamwork can influence their behavior.

WE OFFER PRIVATE TUTORING & COACHING:

Tutoring is when a trainer works solely with the dog to onboard and refine the skills they need to thrive.

Coaching is when a trainer works with you to teach you how to train, understand, and maintain your dog’s new skills.

Training sessions are structured to achieve goals while helping you understand why we do things the way we do. We teach you how to work with your dog rather than against him or her, utilizing whatever motivates your dog (food, toys, attention, the environment) to get timely and consistent results.

We believe in fostering harmonious relationships through empathic teaching practices guided by ethics and science. The training we do with you is a collaboration and we promise to remain open to learning through each stage of the process with you. We also pride ourselves in helping guardians see the roadmap ahead of them so we can all set realistic expectations for ourselves and our dog. It is our goal that you should never feel lost on this journey, and to support you each step of the way.

DROP OFF DAY TRAINING CAMP:

Our Day Training & Enrichment program in SE Montavilla offers dogs ages 6 months and older a day training program with opportunities for dynamic enrichment & training with a certified professional. This program provides ample time and space for both indoor and outdoor enrichment activities and follows a rhythmic schedule that fosters intrinsic canine learning in a peaceful and nurturing setting. The focus of the program is to give dogs the chance to develop and learn at their natural pace.

PUPPY SOCIALIZATION & SKILL CLASSES:

A leading cause of behavior problems in adult dogs is improper socialization. Our drop off puppy socialization classes are led by certified professionals who will help your puppy form positive associations with other dogs, people, surfaces, sounds, and handling.

We also offer group skills classes for all ages, so you can learn along with your dog.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I became a dog trainer because of my ever-growing passion for helping both dogs and people not just survive together but to THRIVE. Raising my two Siberian Huskies with complex and challenging behaviors put me in a unique position to hone skills of working with 'out of the box' behavior cases that require comprehensive and in-depth understanding of behavior modification and learning theory. 

This paired with my background as a public speaker and educator gave me a unique ability to recognize and communicate subtle shifts that can be made to enhance the lives of both the human and canine end of the leash.

This, matched with a deep passion for breaking down challenging concepts and methodologies into practical everyday use lead me to pursue this as a career.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing my clients shift from initially just wanting to change who their dog is, to appreciating, loving, and wanting to support the dog they have in front of them. I also routinely see my clients begin to apply the theories and methodologies of positive reinforcement training to other, non-dog, areas of their life. It is not uncommon for folks to express to me "Working with you and my dog in this way has changed me as a person. I have a new and holistic perspective on building healthy and secure relationships with people and animals throughout all areas of my life."

Service areas: Multnomah County

Website: https://www.noblewoof.com


Jennifer Biglan

From an early age, Jen's love of animals was apparent. Her affection and respect for all things furry was sparked by her grandparents, and summers spent riding and caring for horses in Arizona. After completing her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in 2001, she packed up for San Diego to start work in the basement of an office building with notions of adulthood looming.

The unrewarding grind of office life quickly initiated a quest to add meaning to her days. When a local animal shelter was looking for volunteers, her decision to offer her time revived her love of animals along with wanting to improve the lives of shelter animals. A volunteer position turned into a lifelong passion for learning and training animals. Her natural affinity with people and animals led Jen to pursue her professional training certification in positive reinforcement with the Karen Pryor Academy.

In 2006, Jen moved back to Oregon and started Dog & Cat, LLC where her services included dog walking, private training, group classes, and behavior work. In 2016, Jen joined forces with a business partner and together they founded Training Spot and opened a 4,000 sq ft facility dedicated to community education, positive training, and a focus on improving the human-animal relationship. We currently run over 35 classes a week, have a training team of 7 trainers (and growing) an amazing office duo, and offer group classes, private lessons, behavior consultations, and day training.

As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner, Jen's natural talent for understanding, addressing, and alleviating fearful and aggressive tendencies in dogs has earned her the respect of local veterinarians and the community.

Certifications: KPA CTP, Licensed FDM, CDBC, CPDT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: group classes, private lessons, behavior consultation, puppy training, day training

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, shy dogs, under-socialization, confidence building, multi-dog households, fear reactivity

Training methods: I follow the principles of LIMA when working with both clients and dogs to find solutions that help families understand their dog's needs and motivation. Always strive to use science-based, force-free methods that are easy to implement.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dogs and people live happier, more connected lives together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people connect with and communicate with their dogs. Every time I watch a pet parent learn how to read their dog's body language, understand their dog's physical and emotional needs, or just enjoy life together more...I smile.

My #1 dog training tip: Your dog will give you the answers if you learn how to pay attention to what they are trying to tell you. Instead of seeing behavior problems, see solutions. Your dog is digging in the garden...great, it sounds like your dog LOVES to dig. Where can we teach them to dig so they can have fun and expend energy?

Service areas: Eugene/Springfield

Website: https://trainingspot.us/


Caitlin Coberly

About Kate
Hi there! Thanks for checking out my 'about' space. You can call me Kate. I work with dogs. Big dogs, bitey dogs and itty-bitty puppy dogs. All breeds. Most issues. Here's a little more about me, and how I got where I am.

Early years, experience and philosophy
I have been working with animals since I was a tiny tot. We had turtles and guinea pigs and lots of dogs. When I was only 12, I started my professional career in horse-training. I started green mounts for a local trainer and lent a hand (and a few ribs) to anyone who needed a horse 'broke'. In about 2011, my career took a dramatic turn when I decided to see if I could train naturally, without equipment or tools.

My love of 'naked training' paid off when my horses started to ask to work, and my dogs started recalling like Lassie. What I found was that working with more freedom required me to get more buy-in, and more engagement, from my team. Since I could no longer rely on coercion, I had to develop a deeper relationship. By building that relationship on mutual trust and enjoyment, the animals wanted to be with me. I found that this approach also helped my clients with their 'difficult' dogs.

This discovery prompted a decade long deep-dive into pet emotional health and well-being, and how that relates to problem behaviors such as aggression, compulsive disorders, reactivity, basic manners and fear related issues. This integrated approach forms the backbone of my daily work with challenging dogs. We resolve issues through a combination of lifestyle analysis, building two-way communication, and developing a deep relationship built on mutual trust.

From my family to yours
In my private life, I currently play around with mental health and wellness on my small farm. I have 3 horses, 2 cats, 7 elderly pointers, and one large human. We juggle two professional careers, health issues, and all the challenges of modern life, while aiming for grace, compassion and joy on a daily basis.

I bring my passion to my daily happiness-walks, thinking about new approaches and methods to help you, and your family, reach your best life.

I am passionate about dogs, and you are central to that. Your dog will not be happy if you aren't happy. It's all about building a happy family.

Kate's certifications
Kate is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), as well as a Fear Free(tm) Certified Trainer. Additionally, Kate holds an advanced degree in Evolutionary Biology, and a teaching certificate from Duke University. My geek factor ranges into the odd and unusual, training dogs, falcons, horses, fish, and even spiders (not to mention assorted farm animals). I love diving into the literature on 'why we do what we do' to bring that understanding to our work with dogs.

Kate's ethics
We adhere to the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultant's policy on Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) strategies. We are committed to the Fear Free mission to provide education on emotional wellbeing, targeted enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and their humans. I am also passionate about ethics - writing the before-it's-time article on the ethics of online dog training for IAABC.

Certifications: CDBC, Fear Free

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided:

I work with all types and breeds of dogs, from fluffy Shih Tzus to Mastiffs and Cane Corso. I work to prevent or correct problem behaviors such as reactivity, aggression, guarding, and obsessive behaviors. I also work with puppies and adolescents to improve communication and default manners. All of our dogs are attentive and responsive, and love working with their people!

I work with you in private one-on-one sessions either in your home or out and about. I also hold weekly reactive dog classes, and "puppies in the park" seasonally.

For a truly enjoyable and collaborative approach to dog training and life with dogs, call me! Nothing ever felt so fun, easy and natural once you "get it"!

Behavioral issue focus:

People frequently call me about resource guarding--dogs that may bite in the home due to conflict over bones, food, or other stuff they value (tissue papers, anyone?).

Another common issue is "stranger danger" or a dog that guards their person. Does your dog bark, growl, snap or even bite strangers? Yep--we can fix that!

Does your dog pull on leash, see other dogs and go crazy lunging and barking and being a total embarrassment? Yep--we got you there too!

Does your dog ignore you? not listen or even run away? This is one of my favorite things to work with--we got you covered!

Some of the more rare but serious issues I deal with are dog-fights in the family (dog-dog aggression in home), human directed aggression in home, and obsessive compulsive type disorders--dogs that eat everything and are a danger to themselves, dogs that spin, or cry obsessively over their ball, shadow chase, bang their heads, or flank suck.

Whatever your issue, I approach it as a serious issue for you, and we work to solve it. Your issue is our passion.

Training methods:

I approach each dog and each consult as an individual. We start by doing a full intake evaluation, with a in-depth online questionnaire to understand more about you, your desires, and your dogs history, lifestyle, health, and food.

With specific goals in mind, we develop a training plan.

Our training plans are unique to you and your dog, but generally include addressing underlying health and lifestyle issues, and then an set of exercises and games which increase in difficulty as your dog (and you!) make progress and reach milestones.

My training is force and coercion free. We build resilience and tolerance through repeated successful experiences. As you and your dog get better, you can expect to move from treat-based training to life and relationship-based rewards.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I became a dog trainer because I saw so many dogs being surrendered to shelters because they had a broken relationship with their people. I did rescue, spay/neuter and transport for years, and it just wasn't fixing the surrender problem. So I did something.

I started the online dog training community--"Dog Training 101 community" on facebook. And I stayed up late at night, weekends and all day every day I could spare helping people. If I didn't know he answer to their problem, I found one. And then I went out and tried those solutions on my dogs, family dogs, and rescue/shelter dogs. I did a deep dive into the literature on all kinds of training. And I am convinced, through my own highly successful client base plus that of thousands of members on our free facebook group, that we can turn your relationship around... or if there is nothing wrong with your relationship with your dog, we can make it even better.

My passion is making dogs, and their people, happy.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing people and their dogs succeed. I love it when I see a happy relationship blossom.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to your dog. Meet his needs before he needs to "yell". Get out there and do some sniffy walks on a long line!

Service areas: Albany and surrounding area (Lebanon, Scio, Lacomb, Sweet Home, Corvallis)

Website: https://katesdogs.com/


Hayley Martinez

Hayley Martinez is a multi-certified dog trainer who has worked with dogs professionally since 2005. She opened Nakama Dog Training in 2016 and is a co-founder of the advocacy group Force Free Oregon. She has a passion for helping dogs with severe fears and frustrations so they can live a happy life with their families.

Hayley is committed to continuing her education and most recently became one of the world's first Certifed Predation Substitute Training Instructors.

Hayley currently lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband, her chihuahua mix Kylo and her cat Naya.

Certifications: IAABC-ADT, FFCP, Predation Substitute Training Instructor, Aggression in Dogs Master Course

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided:

Private, in-home training sessions, day training sessions, virtual training sessions, training walks.
Specializing in fear, reactivity and aggression. Also offering training in basic manners, leash manners, cooperative care, predatory behavior and impulse control

Behavioral issue focus:

Fear-based behaviors: phobias, extreme shyness, reactivity to humans or other dogs
Aggression: aggression towards humans, other dogs, other animals. Also resource guarding and predatory behavior.
Impulse Control: hyperactivity and frustration behaviors

Training methods:

I am a force-free trainer, which means I do not use any aversive tools or techniques to train. I strive to find a balance between allowing a dog to express natural behaviors while also being able to co-exist in harmony with their guardians.

I offer multiple training programs. For aggression or fear cases, a pre-training evaluation is required before a dog can sign up for a full program.

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to help dogs stay in their homes and live happy, fulfilling lives.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love to see my clients and their dogs learn and grow together.

My #1 dog training tip: Allow your dog to have a voice in their training! If your dog is comfortable and a willing participant, they will enjoy learning and make progress so much more quickly.

Service areas: Portland Metro Area, Multnomah and Washington County

Website: https://www.nakamadogtraining.com


Kate Johnson

As a certified professional trainer, Kate prides herself in continually expanding her knowledge of dog behavior and training techniques through obtaining certifications, attending workshops and conferences, reading the latest literature and networking with colleagues to remain on the cutting edge of the science of dog behavior.

Kate is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) under the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a Certified Family Dog Mediator from Kim Brophey's Applied Ethology L.E.G.S. program.

A Family Dog Mediator (FDM) is an individual that has completed Kim Brophey's Applied Ethology L.E.G.S. program. FDM's assess each animal based on their L.E.G.S.- which includes each dog's Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self - as each plays a critical role in the animal's behavior.

Kate is a Whole Dog Academy Graduate of the Foundational Dog Trainer Certificate Program where she studied: dog training & behavior, learning theory, ethology, canine body language, husbandry, safety along with other related courses.

Kate has taken or attended a variety of continuing education courses and conferences on topics such as behavior, socialization, ethology, fear & anxiety, impulse control, obedience and building drive & motivation.

Kate also continues to work on her hands-on skills in training with her own dog, Powells, as this is a true passion of hers and because Powells loves training and it makes him a very happy boy.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CFDM

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: private in-home training. puppy specialist, adolescent training, foundational skills, basic skills, leash reactivity

Behavioral issue focus: puppy raising, puppy socialization, adolescent training, foundational skills, leash reactivity

Training methods: positive reinforcement, fear free training, initial behavior consultation, training plan and follow up sessions

Why I became a dog trainer: Kate has always had a love for animals and the outdoors. After 18 years working in office administration, she decided to follow her love of animals and nature and start a new career working with dogs. Kate practices force-free, fear-free, positive training and is committed to and uses the most current, gentle, science-based, positive training and behavior modification techniques.

Kate enjoys instructing in-home private training, off leash enrichment adventure groups and running puppy socials but has found a real passion for helping families welcome puppies into their homes during their puppy's critical socialization period of development. Kate loves helping families with kids and other pets welcome a new puppy as smoothly and safely as possible into their homes. Kate excels in consulting with puppy families and then building a training and socialization plan specific to their unique needs and training goals.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Kate found a real passion for helping families welcome puppies into their homes during their puppy's critical socialization period of development. Kate loves helping families with kids and other pets welcome a new puppy as smoothly and safely as possible into their homes. Kate also LOVES running weekly puppy socials and helping to build social resilience in puppies during this important development stage.

My #1 dog training tip: REWARD YOUR DOG!

Service areas: Portland Metro

Website:  https://www.rainorshinecaninepdx.com/


Sara McLoudrey

Sara McLoudrey owns Decisive Moment Pet Consulting and has been a professional dog trainer since 2004. Sara is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC with IAABC), CPDT-KSA, Fear Free Certified Professional Level 1 Elite and Certified Trainer, Low-Stress Handling Certified, Pet End of Life Doula, FitPaws Master Trainer, and TagTeach Level 3. For Sara, it is inspiring to help continue and promote this growth mindset for fellow trainers, behavior consultants, and pet guardians.

In addition to Decisive Moment Pet Consulting, she is the former Head Trainer at Synergy Veterinary Behavior. Her professional animal training career started by founding ROOT Dog Training in suburban Chicago. In 2016, she sold ROOT, moved to Portland, and joined the team at Synergy Veterinary Behavior.

Over the years, Sara has completed with positively trained dogs in retriever field tests, high-level competition and rally obedience (Utility and RAE level), conformation, and elite level nose work. Sara shares her life with Lindy and Punky, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

Certifications:

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
CPDT-KSA
Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer and Level 1 Elite
Low Stress Handling Silver Certified
Pet End of Life Doula
TagTeach Level 3
FitPaws Master Trainer

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided:

I offer virtual behavior modification consults and continuing therapy sessions. My practice specializes in Care with Consent (cooperative care), human-directed aggression, resource guarding, helping senior dogs thrive, and living with intact dogs.

Interactive group classes are offered virtually and in person in the Portland, OR, metro area.

The virtual classes are focused on Care with Consent training from foundations, nail care, muzzle training, and more.

My in person classes focus on parkour and competition level nose work.

Behavioral issue focus:

I offer virtual Behavioral Consults on various “problem” and common dog behaviors. My training specialties are Care with Consent (cooperative care), human-directed aggression, resource guarding, helping senior dogs thrive, and living with intact dogs.

While I specialize in these topics, of course, I see all types of severe behavior cases, except separation anxiety

Training methods: I have been a proud positive reinforcement, force-free, professional animal trainer for 19 years.

Even though I focus on severe behavioral issues, my goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and fun environment to help both dogs and their people.

After an initial consult, I offer virtual behavioral therapy packages tailored to each client.

Why I became a dog trainer: Like so many dog trainers my dog training life started by accident. I was volunteering at a punishment-based/shock collar service dog organization. There I met my eventual partner Mark. Mark brought Bailey, a dog-reactive, shock collar-wearing, service dog to our family. I am forever grateful for Bailey, and his behavioral struggles. Bailey’s heavy-handed training as a service dog was at the root of his behavioral issues.

Bailey pushed me to seek out a different way. In 1999 I found myself at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Behavioral Department. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was starting my journey as a trainer and behavior consultant.

I became passionate about positive reinforcement training. I never wanted another dog treated the way Bailey was in the name of training!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Since I work with severe behavior cases, my favorite moment is when the clients realize there is hope. There is hope to helping their dog, hope to giving their dog a better life, and hope to make lasting transformations.

My #1 dog training tip: Be more generous.

Be more generous with your treats, your interactions with your dog, to yourself, and to the dog you have now. Be generous, even if it is not the dog, you dreamed of sharing your life with.

Service areas: Virtual Consultant based in Portland, OR

I do offer some in-person classes and follow-up behavior modification in the Portland metro area

Website: https://www.decisivemomentconsulting.com/


Wonder Dogs

Wonder Dogs prides itself on having experienced and certified instructors, who are current on the latest research regarding canine development, behavior, and the most up-to-date training techniques. By always participating in continuing education, they make the classroom setting effective, informative and fun!

Jenn's engaging teaching style specializes in raising puppies, teaching humans to heal their reactive dogs, and the amazing sport of canine musical freestyle. Her training partners include two dogs, Terra and Ringo, a paint horse, Roger, and a kitty, Mr Big. Lisa is the lucky human to a vivacious husky named Lumi, who specializes and excels in the sport of dog parkour. She has been with Wonder Dogs since 2012 and particularly enjoys enrichment exercises that help dogs build confidence and body awareness. Bridget prides herself in empowering dogs and their owners through scientifically-proven and positive reinforcement methods. Her household has three canines: Maple, Jelly, and Toad.

Certifications: BA, CPDT-KA, RFE-CI, ABCDT, FDM,

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Group classes, private training, drop-off training, reactive dog classes, nose work, puppy classes, basic manners

Behavioral issue focus:

-Barking/lunging at people or dogs
-Shyness or slow to warm to people or dogs
-Separation anxiety
-Excessive destruction or vocalization
-Resource guarding
-Over excitement, inability to settle
-Fear of new places, sounds, people or dogs
-General anxiety
-Chasing cars/joggers/cyclists, etc
-Inability to groom/touch/handle body

Training methods: Our training program is based on the effective and scientifically-proven positive reinforcement method. This means we use food, play, clickers, and life rewards (we like to say that positive isn't permissive!), which is just as important as what we don't use: side-effect-causing punishment methods.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: It's never boring! I love meeting new people and building connections for them between them and their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: What gets rewarded gets repeated. For better or worse!

Service areas: Linn, Benton Counties, Eugene, Salem, Oregon Coast

Website: https://www.WonderDogsTraining.com


Dorothy "Dodie" Slaton

Helping our pets live their best lives is a common goal among pet guardians, but at times, it can be complicated. As a Licensed L.E.G.S. Family Dog Mediator and a Certified Professional Trainer, I help guardians understand their pet's needs and behaviors and help open the lines of communication between people and their pets.

As a Family Dog Mediator, I assess your pet's learning history, environment, genetics, and individual self to determine how we can assist you and your pet on your life journey together. Many behaviors that may be problematic in the home are generally natural behaviors expressing themselves. Therefore, by finding less problematic methods to allow your pet to express themself and utilizing enrichment and decompression, we can reduce problematic behaviors.

As a certified trainer, I will help you understand your pet's behaviors and determine how to better manage or change the behaviors that are causing problems in the home. Together, we will evaluate the behaviors and find more suitable behaviors that are compatible with the environment.Together, we will formulate an achievable plan that fits your and your pet's needs, and with the ongoing support program, part of my mediation/training packages, you can check in, send videos for evaluation, and communicate any difficulties or successes as they occur.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Licensed L.E.G.S. Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide individualized support to meet your and your pet's needs including basic obedience training, puppy socialization, cooperative care training, day training, potty training, distraction training, counter conditioning/desensitization for fearful/reactive behaviors, off-leash manners for hiking, decompression activities, and enrichment activities, etc.

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in fearful/reactive dogs but also work on preventing these behaviors in dogs and puppies with socialization, general obedience, decompression and enrichment activities, and by properly meeting a dog's individual needs.

Training methods: I offer training packages that are specifically designed to meet your needs. My training packages include email and/or text message coaching support which allows you to ask questions as they arise, send videos for evaluation, discuss challenging situations, check in about your progress, and get the accountability you may need during your training journey. I strive to make the process as comfortable for my clients and their pet(s) as possible.

Why I became a dog trainer: I did an internship in a shelter and saw so many pets surrendered for behavior problems. I seek to keep pets in homes.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Making people and their dogs happier.

My #1 dog training tip: Meeting your pets' intrinsic needs makes training easier and more effective.

Service areas: Corvallis, Salem, Eugene, and surrounding areas

Website: https://simplypawesomepets.com


Oregon Humane Society

Our trainers are Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) or working towards their certification.

Certifications: CPDT-KA,

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Our training and behavior department offers in-person and virtual training classes, private consultations, and pet parent classes for your dog, puppy, cat or kitten. We specialize in our Levels classes, which is basic manners, but at times you choose rather than a series of classes. Levels, along with puppy, adolescent, reactive, and private training offers something for everyone.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Basic Manners, Home alone issues, anxiety issues, Litter box issues for cats, territorial aggression with cats in the same home, new pet adjustments

Training methods: Our training philosophy focuses on building a strong, healthy bond between a pet and their owner through positive reinforcement. We do not like to use fear or intimidation-based tactics in our training. OHS trainers believe that reward-based techniques and educating pet owners on animal behavior is the best way to promote a trusting and respectful relationship between individuals and their pets. We offer private training classes with training plans, multiple class options and continued communication with our clients.

Why I became a dog trainer: Our trainers are here because they want to keep pets in their home. They have a love for animals and want to keep the bond between you and your pet. With their education, they hope you and your pet can work together and understand each other.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing our clients enjoying time with their pets, having the happy animals that come through our classes and the gratitude we have from our clients makes us all very happy.

My #1 dog training tip: Have patience with your pet, relax when around them and call our behavior helpline if you have questions.

Service areas: Portland and Salem Metropolitan areas

Website: https://www.oregonhumane.org/


Jennifer Joyce (Dynamite Doggies!)

I left the music industry in 1999 to begin working with dogs. After adopting a very special dog (Merlin) I got my training certification at the Academy for Dog Trainers. I have over 20 years experience working with shy, fearful and aggressive dogs. Our team has a combined 30 years experience.

Certifications: Certificate in Pet Dog Training & Counseling, Group Dog Walking Certificate, First Aid Training Certification

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We work with all types of dogs, experiencing a wide range of complex behavior issues, as well as simple to complex obedience issues. Structure and compassion are our core tenets.

Behavioral issue focus: Shy, fearful, and aggressive dogs are always welcome!

Training methods: We use gentle, force-free methods in our one-on-one training sessions, and coach human clients on the same methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was inspired by my own dog, Merlin. He experienced a high level of anxiety and fear, and needed specialized help. It made sense for me to be the one to help him, so I enrolled in The Academy for Dog Trainers.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs and their people who love them.

My #1 dog training tip: There is always a more clear, and gentler way.

Service areas: Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, Remote Online

Website:  https://www.dynamitedoggies.com


Kathryn Burge

Professional dog trainer since 2013. Licensed, Bonded and Insured

Certifications: CPPS /Pet first Aid and CPR

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Puppy socialization and leash aggression

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity

Training methods: Positive Reinforcement only

Why I became a dog trainer: Volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society in the kennels with troubled dogs that in most cases were surrendered because of behavioral issues gave me the confidence to want to work with people to partner with their dogs instead of giving them up.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When a client says why didn't the other 10 trainers I've worked with share with us what you just taught us. This has happened time and time again.

My #1 dog training tip: Your dogs walk is their walk not yours!

Service areas: Lake Oswego

Website: https://www.lopetsitting.com


Stacey Lambert

I'm a dog mom of three, one of which struggles with many anxieties and one of which is dog & stranger reactive. My passion is helping pet parents understand their dogs on a deeper level, strengthening the human-canine bond.

Certifications: KPA-CTP & fear free

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Daycare, puppy socialization, day training, leash training, activity training, training while lodging, in-home training, virtual training, foundational skills, reactivity training

Behavioral issue focus: Most common behavior issues I work with are reactivity (toward other dogs or people) and leash skills

Training methods: Initial intake form and phone consultation required; training plan is customizable for each pet parent/dog. All training moves at the dog's pace and is with the use of force free, positive reinforcement methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I used to foster a stranger-aggressive dog with a bite history. I didn't have support from the rescue I was fostering through and felt very lost on how to help him. I know so many pet parents feel lost/defeated/overwhelmed & this inspired me to learn more about canine behavior & become a dog trainer. At the end of the day, if I can help any pet parent feel supported and like they understand how to meet their needs/advocate for their dog better, I feel I've accomplished something really important & rewarding.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being able to see people truly enjoy their time spent with their dogs & watching their relationship grow.

My #1 dog training tip: Train with compassion and understanding; dogs are opportunistic and don't understand the concept of right/wrong. If you're feeling frustrated, step away, take a deep breath and try again!

Service areas: Eugene, Springfield and surrounding areas

Website: https://luckydogcare.com/


Torie Silletto

As a lifelong animal welfare advocate, I never have and never will use pain or fear to make a dog behave. It has been unequivocally proven by decades of research that dogs who enjoy training, and trust their trainer, behave better.

I began my career with the San Francisco SPCA Behavior & Training team, where I worked extensively and exclusively with the most challenging shelter dogs. I also specialized in enrichment and welfare, puppy socialization, as well as teaching and mentoring staff and volunteers. I further honed my skills at the East Bay SPCA where I taught public dog training classes.

Dogs today are our dearly beloved family members. I am passionate about providing them the highest quality care available. In addition to 10 years of firsthand experience, I've earned numerous professional certifications to demonstrate my knowledge and competence in my field.

Dog training is unregulated in the United States. This means absolutely anyone can hang up a shingle and charge for their services.

I entered the field because I passionately opposed the barbaric animal abuse being sold to the public as training. I was also sorely disappointed with the lack of knowledge and competency required to do business. As a result, I invested in the most comprehensive education available, and gained hands-on work experience training dogs in shelter.

I develop a relationship with my clients based on transparency and trust. I truly want what is best for you and your dog, and I am committed to ethical business practices.

Certifications: CTC (Certificate in Training & Counseling), PCBC-A (Professional Canine Behavior Consultant-Accredited), CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed), Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize in leash reactivity, fear & aggression, and puppy socialization to prevent these issues from developing as adults.

Training methods: I strictly use humane training methods. There will be no pain, fear, or force during any interaction with your dog. Clients begin with an initial consultation where I will take a thorough history, provide a behavior assessment and relevant education, implement management strategies to prevent the problem from occurring, and create a custom training plan tailored to your dog's needs and your personal goals. Follow up sessions consist of me training your dog myself, or coaching you through the process. Many clients prefer a blend of both.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being your dog's new favorite person (besides you, of course!)

My #1 dog training tip: Do not hurt or scare your dog. This will ultimately create or worsen fear & aggression and destroy the human & animal bond.

Service areas: Portland, OR and virtual sessions nationwide

Website: https://www.diamonddogspdx.com


Ellaree Cobb

I started working with dogs over a decade ago volunteering at shelters. I got my dog training certification in 2016 at Animal Behavior College and since then run a lucrative pet care business. We offer pet sitting, dog walking, training, adventures, etc. All our methods are force free. I also continue my education via seminars from Pet Professional Guild

Certifications: Animal Behavior College Certifications, pet cpr certification , fear free certification

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I use force free methods setting up the dog to succeed while providing an alternate behavior to an unwanted behavior. Mental enrichment along with physical activities to make a happy and entertained pup. The sessions are in your home, or if the dog is reactive, the first session could be online

Behavioral issue focus: Dog reactivity , puppy training, mild separation anxiety, and fear

Training methods: One on one training in the clients home with a throughout write up outline of the session

Why I became a dog trainer: I've always felt close to dogs, I wanted to understand them better, see how the 'speak' to us; and help people on that journey.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Everything. Not a day goes by where I wake up and don't love my 'job'. Dogs give me purpose and fulfillment.

My #1 dog training tip: Go at your dog's pace and know that they have unconditional love, we owe it to them to provide it back.

Service areas: Portland, multnomah county , Ne, Se, North, NW

Website: https://www.ecpetcare.com


Anna Berg

Anna is a force-free dog trainer and owner of Dogs Unleashed and Fitz's Canine Consulting, a consulting company for those who are thinking of rehoming their dog, which provides resources, training and private foster-n-training. Her career in dog training started with her own human and dog aggressive blue heeler, where she became immersed in behavior modification along side a vet behaviorist in Portland, OR for over four years.

Through this experience, she has developed a passion for fearful and hesitant dogs, with a soft spot for working/herding breeds. She's currently enrolled in the Victoria Stilwell Academy, and hopes to test for the CPDT-KA and graduate from the Aggression Master Course in the winter. She has a passion for continuing education to keep up on the latest scientific methods, and regularly attends seminars and conferences. She currently has three dogs, Zelda, Cleo, and Bandit, and is an active dog foster for those pups needing a fresh start., with three current fosters on her half-acre doggy sanctuary.

Certifications: Currently enrolled in the Victoria Stilwell Academy, and hopes to test for the CPDT-KA and graduate from the Aggression Master Course in the winter

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train

Website: https://dogsunleashedpnw.com


Dawn Jansen

Dawn was led to the Tellington TTouch work in 2001 by her rescue Doberman, Chris. Chris was a large, red Doberman who was a gentle soul, and not very confident around other dogs. Someone suggested to Dawn that she try the Tellington TTouch Training Method, so she found a weekend workshop and was so amazed by the change in Chris in just 2 days, that she signed up for a week-long training. At the end of that training, she knew she wanted to be a Practitioner and share this amazing technique with others. She completed the Companion Animal Practitioner Program in 2003 and opened her TTouch Practice - The Pawsitive Companion. She was awarded the status of Companion Animal Instructor in 2021.

Dawn works with private clients, conducts workshops and TTouch Practitioner trainings. She has had several rescue dogs with a variety of behavioral concerns, so she can speak with compassion and experience with clients who are struggling with the same concerns. She enjoys helping pet guardians learn to observe their animals to identify early signs of stress, fear, and discomfort so they quickly respond and help the animal feel more comfortable and confident. She is passionate about helping people recognize that their animal's behavior is a form of communication and helping them learn how to understand and respond to that communication to build the animal's trust and confidence.

Dawn lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband, and 7-year-old rescued mix-breed dog, Tucker. She enjoys golf, horse riding, and spending time in nature.

Certifications: Certified Tellington TTouch Instructor

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I use positive force-free, fear-free techniques to build trust and confidence. I can train basic cues, loose leash walking, addressing reactivity, helping shy and fearful dogs gain confidence, calming hyperactive dogs, preparing your dog for bringing a baby into the home and more

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs who are reactive to other animals or people, leash-pulling, excessive vocalization, fear, anxiety and more

Training methods: My practice is based in the Tellington TTouch Training method which uses fear-free and force-free techniques to build trust and confidence in your dog. Each dog is individual so I assess the dog and determine what tools and techniques might work best to address the concern. I teach the dog's handler the techniques so they can work with the dog on their own between sessions so progress is made more quickly.

Why I became a dog trainer: I found the Tellington TTouch Training Method which helped my dog gain confidence and learn to be ok around other dogs. Having had reactive, fearful dogs, and seeing how effective this training method is, I wanted to help other people help their dogs so they could have a joyful, comfortable relationship with their dogs and their dogs could stay in their forever homes.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing people's relationship with their dog change when they understand their dog better, and can help their dog become more calm, confident and comfortable.

My #1 dog training tip: A dog's behavior is their way of communicating. Learn to understand their communication by observing your dog's body language and behavior so you can understand what they are trying to communicate and figure out what they need to become more calm, confident and comfortable.

Service areas: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Portland Metro Area, Vancouver

Website: https://www.pawsitivecompanion.com


Micaela Frank

Micaela is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.

Micaela has been working with dogs in shelter settings and private homes since 2010. She has a special knack for supporting families through behavior issues they may be facing with their dogs, including fear, aggression, and reactivity. Micaela works regularly with a wide range of dog breeds, ages, and backgrounds, as well as owners who are both experienced and new to dogs. She has special experience with both blind and deaf dogs.

Micaela is especially skilled at guiding clients through the ups and downs of the behavior modification journey. She got her start in training in the shelter world, and spent several years as Trainer and Behavior Program Coordinator at Greenhill Humane Society's 1st Avenue Shelter here in Eugene, Oregon. During her time at the shelter, she taught the shelter dogs and the behavior modification volunteers using the same gentle, fun techniques as with private clients, and collaborated with other trainers to improve the lives of the dogs in the shelter's care.

She is very passionate about shelter work, and continues to provide support to the shelter in order to support Lane County's homeless animals. Her experience with a diverse population of dogs in the shelter has greatly enhanced the services she provides through Rockstar Dog Training, and she is skilled at helping dogs from any background.

Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.rsdtraining.com


Patty Bensene

I've been training for over 25 years, companion obedience, puppy and behavior classes. The last 15 years has been mainly focused on all aspects of agility including serious competition and relationship building.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: I teach competition agility, companion obedience, puppy skills and behavior classes. Most classes start as private then as skills of the handler and dog improve I will move you into a group class so you can practice and refine your skills in a distracting environment. I teach classes in Oregon City, Monday through Thursday, morning to evening.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive dogs or over stimulated dogs. Dogs with no focus or drive.

Training methods: I like to lure dogs into behavior or let them offer desired behaviors for rewards. I want the dogs to think for themselves offering appropriate behaviors/tasks to solicit rewards whether its a treat, toy, touching or verbal.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a trainer because I've always been interested in the animal/human communication and bonding process. I've had family dogs my entire life but as a young adult I wanted my own dog. Although I thought my first dog was the greatest dog ever, she had some serious problems. I wanted to know how people managed to have such "perfect" dogs and so began my journey into the world of dog knowledge and training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a dog blossom into the great dog they were meant to be and the joy of the owner/handler being able to take credit for the success.

My #1 dog training tip: Do not force your dog to do anything. Teach them to learn and they will be successful at any task you train them for.

Service areas: Multnomah, Marion, Washington, Clackamas County, OR.
Clark County , WA

Website: https://ffdogschool.com


Debbie Schaefer

Head Trainer Debbie Schaefer is responsible for the high-quality classes, workshops, and events offered at The Well-Mannered Dog. In addition to running The Well-Mannered Dog, she teaches group and online courses that focus on Companion Dog Skills of Manners, Lifeskills, and Changing emotions. Debbie has competed in competitions obedience and now spends her time participating in the sport of Musical Freestyle.

Certifications:

Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers
Fear Free Animal Trainer Certified
Absolute Dogs Professional Dog Trainer Program Certified
Absolute Dogs Geek Program Certified

Website: https://humanedogtraining.com/


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Angela Grey

I'm a dog trainer, lifelong dog-lover, and puppy enthusiast. My love for dogs began when I was a very young child and blossomed when I received a wonderful book about dogs from a dear family friend on my ninth birthday (thanks, Deb!). It was from that moment that I knew I wanted to work with dogs, but wasn't sure which path to pursue. It wasn't until my beloved Pit Bull, Bones, entered my life ten years ago that I realized my truest passion is dog training.

As a dog trainer, I am interested in many different areas of training, but currently I am most passionate about helping new puppy owners get training and socialization started on the right foot, teaching old dogs new tricks (for lack of a better term), and most importantly, finding ways for owners to genuinely enjoy the training process.

I happily live in southeast Portland with my partner Dane, our three dogs, Klayton, Mars, and Gnther, and one exceptionally patient cat, Garry.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private training, Day training, Puppy preparation, Adventures, Board and Train,

Training methods: Private training, Day training, Puppy preparation, Adventures, Board and Train,

Website: https://greydaydogs.com/


Go Rogue Dog Training Center LLC

It is our mission to help our clients become connected with and life-long partners for their dogs. Using methods that focus on helping the dogs succeed and build confidence, our goal is for our clients' dogs to be happy, stable, and confident members of their household and community.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We do group classes, private sessions, day training and behavior modification. We work with cats too! We have 5 levels of puppy class, starting with a special class so puppies can start as soon as 8-9 weeks old. We can help with Puppy Culture, service dog training and CGC topics.

Behavioral issue focus: We see a lot of dogs who are considered aggressive or reactive. We work with the dog to figure out why the behaviors are happening so we can make the right plan for that individual. We do preventative behavior modification work in our puppy classes to help dogs grow up to be happy and emotionally resilient adult dogs.

Training methods: We do not use equipment that is aversive to the dog. In general, that is no prongs, etc. We work to make the dog comfortable with other equipment like harnesses, flat and martingale collars recognizing that the individual decides what is aversive to them. Our training methods work the same, we find what makes that individual dog feel safe, happy and learn best. We are always adding to our "tool bag" of methods and do continuing education to facilitate our growth as trainers.

Why I became a dog trainer:

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: We love the lightbulb moment for the dog and the happy face of the client when they have success working with their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: If you have a puppy, focus on helping them grow up to be a happy, confident adult. If you have a new-to-you dog, build your relationship before you worry about "training". It can take a dog a long time to unpack their suitcase, so your first year together should be about creating connection and helping your dog navigate their new world.

Service areas: Medford, Phoenix, Talent, Ashland, Central Point, Jacksonville and surrounding Jackson County

Website: https://www.goroguedogtraining.com


Mariah Klein

I'm a certified positive reinforcement dog trainer passionate about educating dog owners on modern fear-free training techniques that result in positive behavioral outcomes and a mutually rewarding relationship between the dog and owner. I earned my professional certification as a dog trainer from the Karen Pryor Academy and immediately started The Dog Training Connection. I've been busy helping dog owners connect with their dogs and create long-lasting successful relationships ever since.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: The Dog Training Connection provides customized puppy training plans, good manners training for teen and adult dogs, reactivity training, and day training.

Behavioral issue focus: Our training plans range from simple good dog manners training and typical dog behaviors like jumping, nipping, and barking to reactivity towards other dogs/humans or other environmental triggers.

Training methods: The Dog Training Connection only uses fear and force-free positive reinforcement training. We believe all dogs deserve the very best in modern training science.

Why I became a dog trainer: A dog lover to my very core, I have always admired how dogs can learn complex behaviors and have the superpower to make people smile. The very idea I could have a happy and fulfilling career that included dogs was the catalyst behind the beginnings of The Dog Training Connection.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing the mental lightbulb turn on when a dog owner and their dog start to get it. It takes the training to another level of mutual respect, love, and trust. I believe those are the building blocks to a successful learning relationship. It never gets old to watch and be part of the positive changes.

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforced behaviors are repeated behaviors, so reinforce the good things you want to see more often.

Service areas: Medford, Ashland, and Jackson County

Website: https://www.thedogtrainingconnection.com


Eric Sanford

Eric grew up in Randle, WA with horses, cows, pigs, chickens and, of course, dogs. His love of training blossomed when he adopted a border collie/yellow lab mix named Savannah. Her enthusiasm and drive pushed him into the world of dog training, nose work and dog agility. Eric has learned from and worked with many top animal behaviorists and trainers. Using patience and positive reinforcement, Eric will help you learn to communicate more effectively, build confidence and create a bond with your dog.

Website: https://asavvydogtraining.com/


Robynn Harris

Have you ever heard a dog trainer say something like, 'I hate people. If I could only work with the dog I would be so much happier.'? I have. And it really hurt my feelings. After all, I was, and am, a person who often needs help training my dogs.

I love dogs. And cats. And really all animals. I especially love people. I have always struggled with the moniker, 'dog trainer,' because while I do train dogs, mostly what I do is teach humans how to cohabit with their dogs in ways that makes them, and their dog(s), happy. This is a moving target because every person (and dog) is a beautiful and unique being that has unique needs depending on their time, finances, location, family life, work life, etc, etc. I love taking the time to figure out what works best for every dog team - and that starts with the humans.

I have been especially blessed because when I started dog training the science was already clear: pain and punishment do not work. I have never taught with choke chains or shock collars. I have never taught 'dominance' or 'alpha' ideas. Very early on I had the enormous pleasure of working with people like Terry Ryan, Ris VanFleet, and Valli Parthasarathy who laid a foundation of science, kindness, and curiosity for me to build upon. (Look them up - they are amazing!) I stumbled into dog training when I took a therapy dog prep class. The trainer taught in such a way I was mesmerized. She asked her dog if she 'wanted to work.' The idea of asking a dog to do something instead of 'commanding' the dog blew my mind and touched my heart. I knew almost immediately I wanted to teach others about this 'new' way of training animals.

As my dog training skills were being developed so were my Animal Assisted Intervention (therapy dog) skills. My dog, Schatzi, and I became a registered AAI team with Pet Partners. Throughout the years Schatzi and I brought comfort and joy to people in schools, prisons, hospitals, medical clinics, summer events, AAPT workshops, and too many events to count. I applied for a Therapy Dog Title from the AKC and got hooked on striving towards achieving more titles.

Titles in themselves, the piece of paper or letters after my dog's name, are not very important to me. However, I have come to appreciate what a title means. A title demonstrates that I've worked with my dog in such a way that we excelled at something. It means we've put hours, sometimes hundreds of hours, into accomplishing a goal. All dogs can earn a title or two (even reactive dogs) - it demonstrates the dedication of time between human and dog to learn and communicate new behaviors. I thoroughly enjoy helping humans instruct their dogs in such a way that they too can earn titles such as CGCs, Trick Dogs, Rally, or anything else they want to strive for.

The dog training community has often struggled with terminology for trainers who do not use pain, fear, or force in their techniques. At the moment we seem to have landed on 'LIMA.' LIMA stands for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive. In a nutshell, LIMA trainers do not hit, choke, or shock dogs. We look for ways to reinforce behaviors with something the animal loves. Maybe I can stop a dog from doing something by yelling, hitting, or scaring her but if I instead teach a dog to do something else, with butt scratches or food, both of our hearts and souls will feel better about it. (The research has shown those behaviors will be longer lasting too!) This is often called positive reinforcement training though, scientifically, there's a whole lot more than just positive reinforcement being used.

Words matters. Most LIMA trainers now use the word 'cue' instead of 'command.' This reminds us that we are in a relationship with our dog and not a militaristic command structure. I teach that all cues are communication. By now we have all heard someone write or speak about how communication is the key to lasting, loving, relationships. This is true for people and animals! Communicating with someone who doesn't even speak human can be quite challenging at times - but it can be done. I teach humans how to ask their dogs for consent. I teach humans how to listen for answers to their questions. And I teach humans how accurate communication with their dogs can keep them both safe and have fun together.

Fun and play is HUGE in my training techniques. If either party isn't having fun it's a lot like the old joke about never teaching a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig. This is true for all training but especially true for fitness training.

The COVID years granted me an enormous amount of time just when online education exploded. I added some new education to my Bible education and became an Animal Chaplain. I became a 'CAMadvocate' when I completed a Canine Arthritis Management course for canine professionals. Most excitingly for me in many ways though was when I passed all my tests, and case studies, and became a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer through the University of TN School of Veterinary Medicine. This program taught me canine anatomy & physiology, body mechanics, injury prevention, nutrition, exercises, safe & effective use of fitness equipment, and how to create a fitness program designed specific to each dog team's needs.

All of that education solidified in my mind and heart the desire to, 'help animals live as long as possible, in as little pain as possible.' Animals hurt, and get hurt, from time to time. Love in the Bible is an action, a verb, not an emotion or word to say. I believe we DO love. In this context it means we provide the best veterinary medicine for our pets, it means we practice healthy/fitness behaviors in our day to day lives, and it means, in the end, providing a, 'good death,' when the time comes to say good-bye.

When I first started working with my therapy dog at the hospital I discovered many people wanted to talk with me about their pets who had died. At the time these conversations were very difficult for me. I didn't want to hear 'dead dog stories.' When we started working at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility I heard many similar stories with a twist. The adults in custody would often speak to me about losing their pets because they had been taken away to jail and eventually prison. The feelings of loss were the same though.

As a person of faith it is easy for me to look back and see YHWH/the Universe preparing me for the work I completely enjoy and feel comfortable doing now: Helping people understand and cope with the loss of their animal companions. There's never an easy straight forward plan with grief. Grief is as unique as each of us. I am truly honored when someone includes me on their grief journey.

When it came time for me to create a formal business with my somewhat unique ideas I knew from the start I wanted to create a nonprofit. All of us love our animals, but in today's world money can be tight, to say the least. The most frustrating thing for me when I was working for others was the fact that I was not empowered to offer discounts on the classes I was teaching. (No judgement! Those folks needed to pay their bills too.) I knew I wanted to create not just a dog training business, I wanted to create a community where I could serve, could minister, to those in need.

Assembly of the Wandering Shepherd was created in such a way I can serve people and animals, often those most in need. On the dog training side I volunteer for AWS which allows us to keep our prices low. We provide scholarships for foster dogs, newly adopted dogs, disabled dogs, dog-reactive dogs, and senior dogs. These dogs and their humans are often the most in need of guidance and fun things to do together.

I have created a unique Olfactory Fun program that provides the opportunity for dog-reactive dogs to get into a classroom (all by themselves) and be the glorious dogs they are. Too many dog-reactive dogs and their humans do not get the opportunity to attend dog classes. This is a fun class where dogs learn about being dogs and the humans learn how to support their dogs. This is also a great class for dogs who have retired from sports. Sometimes the human of a retired canine athlete can feel sad and alone when they no longer have trials to attend. This class provides for, and cares about, the human and the dog as they navigate some of life's challenges.

I want people to start thinking about the death of their dogs as soon as possible. Society had taught us that this is impolite conversation. Sadly this has left most of us with the inability to navigate the tough decisions that need to be made as our animal companions inch closer to 'the great mystery' called death. In my classes, death and dying are a part of life and by talking about it we can incorporate more life into our living days.

I don't just talk about death in classes. I am available to talk about this tough subject in personal, face-to-face gatherings. We can discuss the details of physical death or the more ethereal thoughts that we all ponder. I can help those all-important humans find ways to celebrate the life lost. We have infrastructure for this with humans but it is harder to find for our pets. (For some of us this is important for wild critters too. 'Roadkill' is often the butt of jokes but for some of us we prefer to offer some kind of ceremony or prayer for those lost lives.)

I am truly blessed to have traveled my amazing journey. I continue to improve upon my skills and education. As a result the services I provide are always growing. I call myself a 'dog trainer' but please know - I love the human half of animal guardianship just as much as the animal half. I know if I teach the human to have a loving relationship filled with communication with their animal, that will not only benefit their current pet, but all the pets to come. And despite the pain we all feel when a cherished pet dies, I hope each of us continues to bring animals into our homes. I can think of nothing more rewarding than sharing my home with animals and basking in the love they receive and provide in turn.

I believe in science and I believe in love. Love and science working together can accomplish the greatest of things.

Certifications: Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, Certified End-Of-Life Companion Animal Doula, Licensed Pet Partners Instructor, AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC Fit Dog Instructor, Animal Chaplain

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: I provide training in all basic/good manners skills and cues. I specialize in Canine Fitness and Conditioning and in a unique type of nose/scent work I created called Olfactory Fun. I really enjoy having older/senior dogs in my Canine Fitness and Olfactory Fun classes. My goal is to have dogs live as long as possible, in as little pain as possible, and and those two classes combined provide mental and physical health to dogs of all ages. To ensure a bit more fun I also really enjoy Trick Dog classes.

Behavioral issue focus: I enjoy coaching people through those tricky adolescent and newly adopted years where "problem" behaviors such as potty training, separation anxiety, poor leash manners, dog-reactivity, and other challenges can start to develop. I'm happy to include or refer to trainers who specialize in behavior modification but many of these challenges can be overcome when/if they are first recognized and that's where I can help the handler the most.

Training methods:

Fun and play is HUGE in my training techniques. I follow LIMA standards and believe cues are all about communication. Dogs love to please us but often times the challenge for them is not knowing what we want. When I can help a human and dog communicate many behavioral challenges disappear.

I offer weekly or monthly fitness training plans for those who are interested in canine conditioning. I can work with dog's post surgery (once they are cleared to exercise) to help build muscle mass and endurance that is often lost during the recovery process. Fitness lessons during the week can be part of a risk reduction plan for "weekend warriors."

I teach group classes and private lessons to accommodate a variety of schedules. I have often found humans just need a couple of coaching sessions to tweak a thing or two to complete the education they already have allowing them to have a better relationship with their dog(s).

I offer free consultations to folks who are not sure of their next steps. Sometimes this is about what to do next in training, sometimes this is inquiring about therapy dog work, and sometimes this is helping someone navigate more specialized training. I really enjoy meeting human/dog teams and helping them see the possibilities in what activities they might enjoy doing together.

I never charge for guidance I provide via email. Sometimes people just need a link to an article or YouTube video to put the pieces they already have in the right places.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2013

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping dogs and humans have fun together and enjoy each other's company.

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun!

Service areas: Greater Gresham Area, Portland Metro

Website: https://www.assemblyofthewanderingshepherd.org/


Gabrielle Urbani

I studied training and behavior modification at Whole Dog Academy in Portland, Oregon. One of my biggest goals in training is setting up a communication between you and your pup to help elevate your relationship! I aim to help you feel comfortable and confident, gain new skills, and enjoy the relationship with your pooch!

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

Service areas: West Linn, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Tigard, Oregon City, Milwaukie, Gladstone, SW Portland

Website: https://www.suburbanpooch.dog


Timothy Thai

Timothy Thai worked very closely with renowned Animal Behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin (DVM, MS) at U.C Davis. What started off as a 3 month internship became a full time paid job after Timothy showed his dedication to rehabilitating dogs a priority in his life. "Working 8+ hours a day alongside Dr. Sophia Yin, 40 hours a week, was one of the best education experiences I could ever ask for." We took on the most aggressive cases, the most anxious dogs, and observed how a Veterinarian Behaviorist worked her magic (or should we say science.)

Timothy wants to continue to spread Dr. Sophia Yin's legacy wherever he goes and anybody who works with him can see his passion in helping the community, the same way Dr. Sophia Yin gave back to the entire dog community with her extensive research and sharing of knowledge.

Working on campus at Guide Dogs for The Blind in San. Rafael, CA was a part of the dog dream. Timothy went on to work as a Canine Neonatal Technician, helping raise future Guide Dogs. It takes on average 251 volunteers and experts to help raise one Guide Dog. ‚"I was extremely lucky to have always surrounded myself and learn from many talented people of various animal science background."

Outside of rehabilitating dogs, Timothy spends his time studying psychology, neuroscience, and behavior. He works in his spare time as a Behavior Therapist working with kids on the spectrum. He believes that that low income communities and schools are deserving of the same high quality services as anyone else and is often trying to figure out how to create a sustainable business model achieving this.

Timothy pulls his wide knowledge of +R training from his experience with Dr. Sophia Yin, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Karen Pryor Clicker Academy, his work at SPCALA Humane Society.

Certifications: Animal Behavior Assistant

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: 1-on-1 Behavior Modification Training, Personalized Training Focused Dog Walks, Puppy Socialization

Website: https://www.dogbasicspdx.com/


Terri

years training professionally 9

certifications + such

CPDT-KA/Certified Professional Dog Trainer–Knowledge Assessed

graduate, Whole Dog Academy

member, Pet Professional Guild

evaluator, AKC/American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen

American Red Cross Pet First Aid/CPR Certificate

classes Social Puppy \| Day Camp \| Good/Great Puppy

specialties early canine socialization + training \| play education \| shy + timid dogs

most highly valued reward when things slow down and I get to absorb each moment fully

favorite daily habit a hike in the woods with the dogs

favorite behavior to teach DOWN - love shaping it and watching the puppy learn to problem solve

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Social Puppy \| Day Camp \| Good/Great Puppy

Behavioral issue focus: early canine socialization + training \| play education \| shy + timid dogs

Training methods: DOWN - love shaping it and watching the puppy learn to problem solve

Website: https://www.wonder-puppy.com/


Meaghan Summerbell

Meaghan is an all around Dog-Guru. Raised by Akitas, they were prepped for a life in the animal training industry since birth. With a background in daycare, boarding & training, Meaghan has worked with thousands of dogs over the last 7 years, with hundreds of dog breeds and mixes. Their training experience extends to cats, horses, goats, and more!

Meghan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, a Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Training Partner, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and a CGC evaluator. They are working towards becoming a certified canine behavior consultant and certified separation anxiety trainer (CSAT). Meaghan finds working with fearful dogs especially rewarding.

At home, they have four rescue dogs and two rescue cats. Meaghan co-founded the GoodPaws dog training app in 2020, and joined as co-owner for Urban Pawsibilities in 2021.

Certifications: KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CTDI, CGC EVALUATOR

Services include:

  • Board and train

More info about service provided: Day care training

Website: https://www.urbanpawsibilities.com/


Lisa Plymale

Before starting Happy-Go-Lucky in 1999, Lisa trained atanother positive-style training facility and worked with elementary school students as a sign language interpreter. She's been teaching a variety of classes and doing private lessons for more than 20 years now. Lisa continues her education in the field by regularly attending classes, herding and agility lessons, and seminars -not to mention submersing herself in any new dog book she can get her hands on. Her most influential authors include Temple Grandin, Ray and Lorna Coppinger, Jean Donaldson, Turid Rugaas, Patricia McConnell and Ian Dunbar.

When talking about why she does it, Lisa says, 'I really enjoy working with people and their dogs. To see them begin to work together with increased understanding and confidence is incredibly rewarding - not to mention a lot of fun!' Lisa has three dogs, sheep, ducks and a llama that keep her busy on her farm in Battle Ground.

Services include:

  • Agility training

Website: https://www.happygoluckydog.com/


Jenna Kirby

Dogs have always been a part Jenna's life, though a career working with them was not the original plan. While Jenna worked her way to a degree from Portland State University, she worked in local dog training and daycare facilities, where she discovered that her interests in skills aligned working with dogs and she was certified in 2006.

She loves helping owners better connect with their dogs to bring out the best in their behavior for a life of adventure and fun together. Her love of outdoor activities, especially those including dogs, have taken her to Central Oregon where she will reside in Spring of 2023. She is still available to transport overnight dogs for longer stays. You can also book her with SSF's sister business in Bend, Wild Intentions.

Certifications: Co-Owner, Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • Puppy training

Website:  https://www.sitstayfit.com/


Tammy Moody

Tammy has been training dogs for more than 30 years, getting her start in competitive obedience. She has been doing agility for 24+ years and teaching it for almost 20.

Tammy believes agility should be fun and challenging for all members of the team without being overwhelming or frustrating. She likes to break things down into manageable pieces for both dog and handler while building teams up and empowering all members to be confident with their skills. Tammy's experience allows her to read both handler and dog and she uses this ability to push teams just enough to encourage them to leave their comfort zones without overfacing them. Tammy wants teams to enjoy the process! If either the dog or the handler are not enjoying the game, Tammy's first priority is to help teams find the joy that agility training should be. Dogs and humans both are trained using positive, reward-based methods in all of her classes.

Tammy's personal handling style doesn't always match that of her students, she is skilled in finding the best path forward for each team and not forcing any one style of training or handling. She has been known to refer out to other instructors/coaches when she thinks a team will benefit from outside training. While Tammy places equal emphasis on training and handling, she makes sure her and her student's dogs are trained to the level that will be expected on course. She feels the more a dog understands what is being asked, the easier handling becomes. She uses trained skills, verbals, and physical cues to navigate sequences.

Tammy also brings to the table a background as a Veterinary Technician and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner allowing her to see when problems on course may be due to physical limitations and not necessarily training issues.

When not teaching others or training her own dogs, Tammy can be found enjoying the outdoors with her dogs in beautiful Central Oregon. Besides hiking and paddling, Tammy can be found baking treats for others, gardening, reading, recording podcasts with her pal Penny, photographing her adventures, and spending time with family and friends.

Website: https://www.cleverdogsagility.com/


Brittan Winthrop

I'm a CPDT-certified trainer with over 20 years of experience using positive methods to shape dog behavior.

Certifications: CPDT-certified trainer

Services include:

  • Board and train

Service areas: Happy Valley, OR

Website: https://www.tri-able.com/


Hannah Blumenfeld

Pup Star Training provides personalized dog training and behavior consulting using humane, force-free methods in order to enhance the relationship between guardians and their dogs.

Certifications: CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: I offer in-home private training as well as puppy socials in a veterinary clinic.

Behavioral issue focus: reactivity; fearful and nervous dogs

Training methods: I only use force-free, humane training methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I loved the connection my dog had with her trainers! I wanted to learn how to build that connection with my own dog, and then help other people build a similar connection with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping dogs develop increased confidence and resiliency.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't worry about training specific skills. Enjoy spending time with your dog doing whatever they enjoy!

Service areas: Portland, Oregon

Website: https://pupstartraining.com/


Katrin Greim

Katrin Greim, MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed and the owner and founder of Plucky Puppy. She received her Certificate in Training and Counseling with honors from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers in 2007. She also graduated from the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society.

In addition to providing private training, behavior consultations, and day training, she offers boarding and training in her home and has taught Learning Theory to aspiring dog trainers at the Whole Dog Academy. Katrin is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator and certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, and has been training dogs since 2006. She shares her life with her two young children and a German Shepherd puppy, and myriad plucky puppies who pass through her home for boarding and training.

Certifications: MA, CTC, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Puppy socials, puppy training classes, adult training classes, day training, daycare and training, board and training, dog adventures, private training, group training

Behavioral issue focus: anxiety, resource guarding, reactivity, separation anxiety, fearfulness, aggression towards dogs or people

Training methods: Positive reinforcement training; behavior consultations include written follow up summary and instructions

Service areas: Portland and surrounding areas

Website: https://pluckypuppy.com


Doug Duncan

I started dog training after attending the Academy for Dog Trainers with Jean Donaldson. I've worked with many trainers all over the world, and have learned from many people and dogs over the more than 15 years I've been training. I own and operate Doggy Business Dog Training in Portland, Oregon where I work with fearful, anxious, and aggressive behaviors in dogs.

Certifications: CTC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

More info about service provided: I work with fearful, anxious, and aggressive behaviors in dogs primarily in one-on-one sessions with the dog's people. Though I do also train dogs individually when that serves the situation. I adjust to the needs of the people, and the dogs, I'm working with.

Behavioral issue focus: Generally speaking, I work with dogs who are uncomfortable with things in their environment, be that new people, other dogs, new situations, or any such environmental stimuli.

Training methods: I start with an initial consultation where I learn more about what the dog is doing and why. I take time to assess each dog, and to explain my assessment process, along with how I develop a training plan. Every dog is different, as is everyone's situation. My training plans involve training the dog along with the dog's people so that they can learn more about what helps, and because they are the dog's primary care givers. I have found that the best success comes when we as the dog's care givers are involved in the training.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started as a dog walker and pet sitter, and just loved the work. I couldn't believe I could work with dogs every day AND get paid for it. I am lucky I get to do what I do.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Engaging and educating the people who live with their dogs. In the beginning, my primary draw was the dogs. But after just a few years, I learned to really enjoy helping people too. I love helping people better understand and work with their beloved pets.

My #1 dog training tip: Make training part of your daily trusting relationship with your dog. Good things will always follow!

Service areas: NE, SE, North Portland, Oregon. Beaverton, Gresham, Lake Oswego. Vancouver, WA.

Website: https://www.DoggyBusiness.net


Emma Brent

Emma is a born and raised Portlandian with a love of learning and a passion for animals. She established Urban Pawsibilities in 2020 with the goal of helping people create a dialogue with their dogs where needs are met, expectations are clear, and behavior is reliable. Emma specializes in puppy socialization and development, and reactivity rehabilitation.

Prior to Urban Pawsibilities, Emma worked as a daycare member and dog trainer at North Portland Club K-9 (where Meaghan was her manager). She has taken, and continues to take, many professional development courses to improve her skills as a dog trainer and a teacher, including Living and Learning with Animals, an Applied Behavior Analysis course, taught by Dr. Susan Friedman, an acclaimed behavior science expert, and Smart Reinforcement, taught by Ken Ramirez, President of the Karen Pryor Academy and world-renowned animal trainer.

Emma has a German Shepherd, named Modoc, who is training for herding and obedience, and a Dutch Shepherd, named Vector, who is training for Mondioring.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

More info about service provided: Emma specializes in puppy socialization and development, and reactivity rehabilitation.

Website: https://www.urbanpawsibilities.com


Brittany Jacobsen

Brittany is a co-founder of BAE dogs. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis and behavior modification with children since 2009. Brittany completed a dog training internship at the Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco, where she learned to train dogs using evidence based force free methods and graduated with a certificate in training and behavior consultation.

Brittany is a member of The Pet Professional Guild, and is fear free certified. She also completed her coursework in Malena Dimartini's Separation Anxiety certification program and is a now a certified CSAT. Brittany has an extensive background in volunteering at rescues and shelters and has volunteered with both Rocket Dog Rescue and the East Bay SPCA. She recently moved to Portland, Oregon and will be volunteering with the Humane Society starting in March 2022.

Brittany became a co-founder of BAE dogs when she realized there was a need for humane dog training services by skilled professionals and believes her unique background as a BCBA contributes to her success. She is a lifelong animal lover. Brittany rescued her own American Staffordshire Terrier, Lola, who has been the best addition to her family. She also has two cats, Lando and Wicket, and would adopt more if she could.

Certifications: BCBA, CTBC, CSAT, Fear Free Certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.baedogs.com/


Sharon Gakstatter

Sharon is a NACSW Certifying Official and Certified Nose Work Instructor. She has been a professional dog trainer for 20+ years specializing in sports training and behavior modification. Certifications include: CPDT-KSA, Pro Dog Trainer, and Tier II level Trainer through Wag it Games.

Sharon owns her own dog training center-For the Love of Dog LLC and teaches Nose Work and Agility workshops.

Sharon competes with her clan of mixed breed canine companions and has earned First Place Overall, Pronounced, and several placements in individual searches.

There is a true love of this game which allows the dog to lead and handlers to learn from their canine partners.

Certifications: NACSW Certifying Official and Certified Nose Work Instructor, CPDT-KSA, Pro Dog Trainer, and Tier II level Trainer through Wag it Games.

Services include:

  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Nose work

Service areas: CORVALLIS, OR

Website: https://fortheloveofdogs.pet/


Sally Wells

Service areas: Cornelius, OR

Website: https://www.trainerstotherescue.net/


Mia Bonadonna

Mia is a clinical animal behaviorist offering humane, evidence-based support for companion animals and their guardians.

In addition to formal education from California State University (Los Angeles), the University of Edinburgh School of Veterinary Studies, and the Northwest School of Canine Studies in Seattle, she is certified by national organizations including the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Fear Free Pets, and Fear Free Shelters.

Mia currently contracts with One Tail at a Time - PDX and Fences for Fido in Oregon and Southwest Washington. She specializes in tough behavior cases such as aggression, fear, and unusual behavior.

Certifications: M.Sc., CCS, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Behavioral issue focus: Fear and Aggression, Anxiety and Phobia, Depression, Destructive behavior

Website: https://www.megaheartsdogandcat.com/


Kellyn Croy

I have been a dog lover since birth, and the running joke in my family is that I was raised by the dog! Nowadays, I am the mother to two little humans and a high needs dog so I really understand that it can be a struggle to find enough hours in the day. I've had to come up with creative hacks for my dog and can do the same for you! I've rescued two dogs as an adult and volunteer with local rescues. This has given me a lot of wonderful experience with the difficulties that can come with a rescue and foster dog!

I have been working professionally with dogs since 2017. I have fostered dogs in the past, but since having my son, my focus has been helping foster parents with free one on one training, learning materials, and pack walks with my bulletproof pup Lana. There is always more to learn from dogs and nothing is more rewarding than seeing them grow into the confident, happy dogs they deserve to be!

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Family Dog Mediator, and graduated from CATCH Canine Training academy in 2020. I make a point to stay up to date on all the exciting new research, expanding my knowledge through certifications and conferences, and learning from experts in the field. I've worked with High Expectations, Urban Pawsibilities, and am currently with Dog Adventures Northwest. I've learned and continue to learn from all the talented trainers that I've connected with. Working in dog daycare, dog school, dog adventures, private training, and dog day training has given me a variety of experiences and plenty of hours studying dog body language! You can rest assured that you and your dog will receive up to date information and training using the best possible tactics.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Family Dog Mediator, and graduated from CATCH Canine Training academy

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Dog walking

Training methods:

It's my goal to help you find ways to meet your dog's needs and implement relevant training that you can realistically fit into your daily life. I look at each dog as a whole individual. They all are motivated by different rewards and have different mental and physical needs. By fulfilling all a dog's needs and building up confidence, they are not only happier and healthier, but ready to listen and learn. Positive reinforcement methods make learning exciting, good behavior fun, and builds a stronger bond with your dog. Training should always be enjoyable for everyone involved!

As a Family Dog Mediator, I use applied ethology to address the difficult behaviors you are experiencing with your dog. I consider all four L.E.G.S. - Learning Environment Genetics and Self - to figure out the real Why so we can work together on the How. This allows us to really resolve the problem rather than just suppress it. I can teach you to understand your dog and allow your dog to understand you. This provides clarity that brings ease to everyday life.

Why I became a dog trainer:

There is almost always a specific dog that gets a person interested in training. For me, it was our first dog we had as adults, Reina, who was a rescue. Her past made her aggressive towards men. However, the team at the rescue was able to successfully introduce her to my husband which gave me every reason to trust their 'balanced' methods. This means her treatment was much harsher than it should have been, and she never got over her fear aggression towards men. In many instances, the balanced method did work, so I had no reason to look elsewhere!

Then, we moved to Portland and adopted our current dog, Lana. She didn't walk well on leash, so we joined a pack walk with a local trainer who taught us clicker training. It worked so well and was so much more pleasant than an aversive collar! After this, I went to CATCH Canine Training Academy. I learned all about the science of how dogs learn, rewards based training, and the LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) philosophy. Now, I know how much stress I had been putting Reina through. But, I know she was happy, loved, and better off with us than at the rescue.

That's the story of my journey, and the beginning of my mission! I aim to share the knowledge of positive reinforcement dog training that is fun, builds a strong positive bond, and teach people how to fulfill their individual dog's needs. As Maya Angelou said, 'Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.'

Website: https://pawsitivefocusdogtraining.com/


Barbara Standiford

Barbara Standiford has been competing in dog agility for 20 years and been teaching for 15. She's got a great eye for the little things that help teams succeed! She's a popular USDAA and UKI judge, known for flowing courses with fantastic spacing for dogs to run. She's available for seminars covering a variety of subjects from foundation to setting the right lines.

Services include:

  • Agility training

Service areas: Brooks, Oregon area and some classes in Hillsboro, OR

Website: https://ek9agility.com/


Paulina Tahran

I was born in Poland and moved to the US over a decade ago. As soon as I arrived in the US I began volunteering at the local animal shelter. My years of volunteering at the shelter, and fostering a wide variety of dogs with special behavioral needs eventually turned into a full time job at the Oregon Humane Society where I still teach group classes for the public, staff and volunteers. In my free time, I enjoy reading long novels, cooking and exploring local sniff spots with my two rescue Akitas: Ronin and Billy.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: To see all the training services I offer, please go to: https://www.oregonhumane.org/training/

Behavioral issue focus: While I enjoy helping dogs with a wide variety of behavioral needs, I am particularly interested in working with adolescent, reactive and shy dogs.

Training methods: I am a force free trainer and adhere to LIMA training and behavior modification approach.

Why I became a dog trainer: Many members of my family work as psychologists and therapists, so I have always felt immersed in the behavior modification field. It wasn't until I moved to the US when I realized that I can broaden my horizons and learn how to apply the knowledge I have (and learn much, much more!) to help dogs and their families be happier together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the face of a dog guardian light up when they realize that their dog has made progress in their behavior modification journey - or even when they're successful in teaching their dog a fun trick or two :)

My #1 dog training tip: Prevention, not reaction.

Service areas: Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County

Website: https://www.oregonhumane.org


Terri Spaeth-Merrick

Terri has been involved in nose work since 2009. She recalls seeing a small poster advertising classes: 'K9 Nose Work, a great activity for reactive dogs'. At the time having a young working-lines dog who was very reactive to other dogs was a challenge, all her goals of working titles seemed far out of reach. She signed up for the class immediately with both of her dogs - one reactive and one goofy - both Bernese Mountain Dogs. Terri can say without hesitation that nose work completely changed all three of their lives, for the better - it saved Peaches.

Peaches, the reactive one, started competing in 2010, culminating in her Elite Championship (and 23 nose work titles) with many placements and HIT's, she competed at National Invitationals in 2015, and a Summit trial with placements in 2018 as her 'retirement' run. Peaches also excelled at Draft Work earning her Master Draft Dog and Brace Draft titles.

Ochoco earned 12 Nose work titles almost earning her NW3 Elite before we lost her to cancer, to Ochoco nose work was just pure fun. Working such opposite K9 personalities was a great education. Terri has also successfully competed with several of her student's and friend's dogs, ranging from Beagles to Labradors to Tervurens. She has a new Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Juniper, who is just starting her nose work career earning her ORT and NW1 in mid 2021 and her NW3 Elite by the end of 2022. Juniper loves hunting and is a joy to work!

Terri attends as many workshops, seminars, webinars and camps on nose work as possible. In 2014 she started teaching, in 2018 became an NACSW CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) with an average of 80 students per week.

Additionally, Terri has provided video or photo service at over 170 trials, allowing her to watch well over 11,000 dogs work odor in a trial setting. An amazing educational opportunity few have had; watching 30+/- dogs work the same search really illustrates what is happening with odor and the ways dogs work it.

She has hosted numerous NACSW trials since 2011. She is also a judge and certifying official for several other organizations and is soon to be approved as an NACSW trial judge.

Her varied experiences over the years have contributed to a solid understanding of how odor moves and how dogs work odor and how to set thoughtful hides.

Certifications: CNWI (NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor)

More info about service provided: NACSW K9 Nose Work/AKC Scent Work/Sport Scent Detection (Specialized classes in the scent sports only.)

Behavioral issue focus: Most any dog can do K9 Nose Work, whether that is at home in classes just for fun and enrichment, or in a competition setting at the highest levels.

Training methods: Reward Based K9 Nose Work/Scent Work Instruction

Why I became a dog trainer: See previous about info!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the beauty of a dog working a scent problem.

My #1 dog training tip: Relax, breathe, let the dog do its job.

Service areas: Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas.

Website: https://NoseWorkTrial.com


Sniffspot Oregon Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Oregon dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Oregon as selected by broad voting from the Sniffspot community and the general public. These trainers are expert dog trainers, who received votes from their delighted customers, due to their excellent dedication to customer service, excellent results and general care they exhibit for their clients. Many have worked with thousands of dogs and are highly experienced trainers.

How can I get in touch with dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these Oregon dog trainers certified professionals?

Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification and professional trainers are not required to be certified. However, certifications are important to show that a professional dog trainer has a standard of expertise to help train your dog. Each trainer’s certifications are listed on their profile.

What are the top certifications for Dog Trainers in Oregon?

Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy - KPA certification, Jean Donaldson's Academy - CTC certification and Fear Free Certification. You can review the dog trainer certifications for each specific dog trainer on their profile on this page.

What methods are used in the dog training sessions?

There are many methods for teaching dogs and a lot of disagreement about the correct training approach. All of the Oregon trainers included on this list use positive reinforcement training only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This includes not using any specifically aversive approach to training or training aid, such as a prong or electronic dog training collar (also called remote dog training collar or shock collars). As for specific training programs and specialties, such as day training / doggie daycare or obedience training, you can see more information in each trainer’s profile.

Are dog training lessons in a training facility or are virtual options available?

Some dog trainers operate exclusively from a training facility, some do house calls and some offer video calls or other virtual options. There are pros and cons to each option and the most efficient behavioral training option depends on specific circumstances, for instance, what hours work best for you. A training center or training ranch can be a good option if your training plan requires facilities, training equipment or dedicated space. We recommend reaching out to the specific trainer you are interested in or browsing their website for more information.

Are dog training lessons private or in a group setting?

Every different circumstance of dog and owners may require a different setting, whether it’s housebreaking issues, anxiety issues, lack of proper socialization, food aggression or just bad habits. Each trainer has different offerings as far as whether they can offer clients a private training session or a group class. Trainers provide information about their private class and group class offerings in their profiles and you can browse their website for more information as well. It may make sense for your specific circumstance to reach out to the trainer to ask if they recommend group or private dog training classes. Some trainers also have a team of specialists that can provide even higher levels of service, or provide specialized sessions, such as pack walks.

How much does dog training in Oregon cost?

Oregon dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services and phases of training. For instance behavioral modification that involves boarding is often more expensive than day training, and private lessons are generally more expensive than group lessons. Prices can also vary depending on specific behavioral issues. Lastly, some trainers have more overhead than others, We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Whether with basic training skills or complex training techniques, going through behavior training with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the level of confidence enabling of a dog (and it can also help with building customer confidence!). Rather than being about exerting maximum control over them, it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. For instance, crate training can help a dog feel safe and at home in a crate vs fearful and uncertain. Dog training can teach important skills, such as leash control, potty training or a general level of obedience skills. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog to learn life skills and for their family. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog and serve them throughout their entire healthy life!

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training and coaching. Aggression in dogs is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. A trainer can help you interpret signs of aggression, such as excessive barking, fear aggression and leash aggression, and type of aggression. If you believe you have a dog with aggressive behaviors, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a Oregon dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Oregon you can be considered for this list. We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

How much do dog trainers make in Oregon?

Dog trainer earnings vary widely depending on many factors, such as whether a dog trainer is an employee or owns their own full-service professional dog training business. According to ZipRecruiter, the average dog trainer salary in Oregon was $29,335 per year and $14.10 per hour. It is impossible to say how much a dog trainer can earn with a full-service professional dog training company, because the size and profitability of companies can vary widely.


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