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DOGGY BUSINESS DOG TRAINING AND PLAY GROUPS
We are the original AVERSIVE FREE play group facility in Portland, Oregon! We’re located just north of the Fremont-Wilshire neighborhood on NE 42nd Avenue in northeast Portland! We’re locally owned and operated (Doug Duncan and Meredith Wilson, owners) and have been dog training and taking care of dogs professionally for more than 12 years. Play groups and socialization are our specialties and we use positive effective methods in our dog training classes and in our play goups! We focus on creating fun and enriching activities for all of our play group attendees!
New and existing customers can log in to our new Gingr software to create accounts, manage information, request reservations, and more by clicking on this link – Welcome to Gingr.
Doug Duncan – MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Doug is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and was the first, and is still the only, Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) in the entire state of Oregon. He is a Professional Premium member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and holds a certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers. He is a certified AKC CGC Evaluator. He has a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology. Doug is also on the Education Committee for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Meredith Wilson – MA, CPDT-KA
Meredith is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and also has a Masters Degree in Archaeology. She runs our afternoon play groups and teaches many of our Puppy Kindergarten classes. She is a certified AKC CGC Evaluator.
We are big fans and supporters science based dog training and enrichment for dogs. We also support:
Jean Donaldson author of The Culture Clash , Dogs are from Neptune & Oh Behave!
Janis Bradley author of Dogs Bite: But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous
Professional Standards and Continuing Education for dog trainers
Ethics for Professional Dog Trainers
It is advised that dog owners call, interview, and ideally observe a trainer prior to
hiring them. If the trainer you are considering using falls into any of these categories,
you should pick another trainer.
1. The equipment recommended for basic obedience includes or is focused on choke collars, prong collars, or shock collars.
2. Trainers who ban head collars of any kind may rely unduly on force.
3. The trainer instructs you to manage your dog’s behaviors by pinching toes, kneeing the dog in the chest or abdomen, hitting the dog, forcibly holding the dog down against their will, constantly yelling at the dog, frequently yanking the collar constantly, or using prong, choke, pinch or shock collars or electronic stimulation.
4. The trainer believes most or all training is about encouraging the person to be “alpha” and teaching the dog to “submit”.
5. The trainer explains that most dog behavior, for example, jumping on people, occurs because the dog is trying to be “dominant”.
6. A trainer recommends “alpha rolls”, “scruffing”, “helicoptering”, “choking” or any other painful or physical methods as a means of “training” or modifying behavior.
Should your dog ever start to show signs of aggression, fear, anxiety, distress, or any other condition that you find worrisome during training let your veterinarian know. If you ever feel uncomfortable with something the trainer asks you to do to your dog, stop working with that trainer and alert your veterinarian so they can give you guidance.