Dog Training Classes

Classes designed for life with dogs in PDX

How lucky are we to be living the dog-friendly urban life with a river running through it and green parks all around?

To take full advantage of all PDX has to offer, you want your dog by your side. Our dog training Portland classes help you and your dog enjoy the PDX life together-
at home and anywhere you choose to take your dog

We’ve made it our business to have the best group classes in the doggy business.

HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:

  • Small class sizes for lots of individualized support
  • Certified, experienced instructors help you get the best results
  • No aversives, ever-we use the most scientifically up-to-date reward based training
  • Real-life focus-our specialty classes focus on easy urban living with dogs
  • Results + fun-we make sure you and your dog have a great time getting great results

Our Classes

Basic Manners

FOR A GREAT START OR A NEEDED REFRESHER

New dog in need of training? Old dog who could use a refresher? All are welcome! In this fun, lively dog training Portland class we lay all the basic manners foundations: sit, down, stay, come when called, and polite leash walking. We’ll also introduce you to targeting, an easy and fun way to get your dog’s attention in just about any situation. It’s a great way to build manners, too. And here’s one more reason to join us for basic manners class: It’s your ticket into our more advanced classes, like Impulse Control, Out on the Town, and Follow Your Nose. So come get started with us!

For: Dogs 5 months and older who are comfortable hanging out around other dogs and new people.

You Should Know: 7 week class. First class for humans only.

Tuition: $195

Start Date Day Time Instructor
February 23 FULL!
March 23 Monday 5:30-6:30pm Amber Mahoney, CPDT-KA
March 29 Sunday 12-1pm Amber Mahoney, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

Request Basic Manners!

Impulse Control

FOR AN ATTENTIVE & RESPONSIVE DOG

Want your dog to give you attention when you need it? To stop jumping on you, your family members, and friends in her exuberance? Wouldn’t it be nice to put your dog in a down-stay so you can fix dinner without her underfoot? You need impulse control! That is, your dog does—and we’ll show you how to teach it to her.

Prerequisite: Basic Manners or Puppy Kindergarten

For: Dogs 5 months old and older who are comfortable hanging out around other dogs and new people. This class is not for dogs who bark and lunge at other dogs. Please see our Calm and Cool Class if your dog is uncomfortable hanging out with other dogs.

You Should Know: 5 week class. First class for humans only.

Tuition: $150

For the December 10th enrollment, we will NOT hold class on Tuesday, December 24th or 31st in observance of the winter holidays.

Start Date Day Time Instructor
February 27 Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm Alexis DeGregorio, CPDT-KA
March 5 Thursday 4-5pm Alexis DeGregorio, CPDT-KA
April 14 Tuesday 7-8pm Amber Mahoney, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

Request Impulse Control!

Beyond the Basics

BUILDING RELIABILITY

This class is a great follow up to Basic Manners, Keep it Going Puppy, or Impulse Control. We focus on building reliability around distractions and also talk about what to do when interactions don’t go as planned. We’ll work on reducing food rewards and incorporating praise, pets, and toys – and introduce some tricks to keep it fun. All that while getting you and your pup ready for our more advanced classes like Out on The Town and Canine Good Citizen Prep! 

Prerequisite: Basic Manners or Keep it Going Puppy

For: Dogs 1 year old and older (unless with special approval by the instructor) who are comfortable hanging out on and off leash around other dogs and new people.

You Should Know: 7 week class. First class for humans only.

Tuition: $210

For the December 22nd enrollment, we will NOT hold class on Sunday, December 29th in observance of the winter holidays.

Start Date Day Time Instructor
April 19 Sunday 10:30-11:30am Amber Mahoney, CPDT-KA
Coming Soon!

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

Request Beyond the Basics!

Follow Your Nose

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR DOG’S SNIFFER

Fun fact: Dogs’ olfactory organs are 4 times the size of ours, allowing them to smell up to 10,000 times better than us! If you’ve ever wondered why your dog is so obsessed with stopping to smell every drop of urine or pile of feces he encounters, it’s because he’s able to gather all sorts of interesting info about the dog who left it there: Their age, gender, sexual availability, even health. How’s that for amazing? We smell “ick” while they’re taking a whole history. Our Follow Your Nose class takes advantage of dogs’ incredible sniffers by putting them to good use. Your dog will learn to search for things on your cue—a fun game for exercising your dog indoors on rainy days, impressing friends, building communication, and increasing your dog’s confidence.

Prerequisite: Basic Manners or Puppy Kindergarten

For: Dogs 6 months and older who are comfortable hanging out on and off leash around other dogs and new people.

You Should Know: 6 week class. First class for humans only.

Tuition: $180

Start Date Day Time Instructor
March 23 Monday 7-8pm Amber Mahoney, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

Request Follow Your Nose!

Life Skills Series

Our Life Skills Series classes are 3-week single-topic clinics that focus on training specific behaviors. You and your pup will leave the class with a solid skill foundation (stay, recall, polite walking, or leave it), along with training protocols on how to continue to build the skill at home.

For: Dogs 5 months and older who are comfortable hanging out around other dogs and new people.

You Should Know: These classes are all 3 weeks long. Dogs come to all 3 classes.

Tuition: $90

Here! Now!

If you’re tired of shouting and shouting for your dog to no avail, our recall intensive is the game changer you need. We’ll work indoors on behaviors designed to improve your dog’s responsiveness to your call, then move outside to show you how to get recall results in real-life settings. If you think a reliable recall from your dog is impossible, think again—then come join us!

Start Date Day Time Instructor
April 16 Thursday 4-5pm Alexis DeGregorio, CPDT-KA
May 18 Monday 7-8pm Amber Mahoney, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

Request Here! Now!

Stop Pulling!

There’s a big difference between walking with your dog and being walked by him. If you’re experiencing the latter, and all the frustration and aching muscles that come with it, this clinic is for you. We’ll work on teaching your dog to enjoy walking by your side and teach them to tune into you when distractions like other dogs or people come into view.

Start Date Day Time Instructor
March 1 Sunday 4-5pm Coralyn Pedota, ACDBC, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

Request Stop Pulling!

 

 

Bomb Proof Stay!

Wouldn’t it be nice to put your dog in a 30-minute down-stay so you can fix dinner without her underfoot? Want your dog to wait at the door or curb until you give the all clear, instead of forging ahead? Want to make it easier to have guests come over? Well we’ve got the class for you! The Bomb Proof Stay clinic focuses on teaching your dog just that – a bomb-proof stay, no matter what sort of distractions are going on around them.

Start Date Day Time Instructor
March 22 Sunday 4-5pm Coralyn Pedota, ACDBC, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

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Introduction to Dog Sports – Rally & More!

Are you interested in enhancing your relationship with your dog, providing your dog with a whole new world of enrichment, or simply picking up a new hobby? This class will show you how to train the foundation skills necessary for dog sports, which can also be useful for day-to-day life! This class is perfect for people curious about rally, competition obedience, trick titling, agility, or freestyle, but don’t know where to begin. The class will be structured in the context of Rally-O but will be applicable to a variety of sports.

What is Rally-O, anyway? Rally-O (or just “rally”) is an exciting sport that is designed to be fun and accessible for pet owners new to serious training, as well as experienced competitors. Build your dog’s confidence, skill, engagement and attention to you, and maybe win some ribbons along the way!

While Rally is classified by many as a “sport,” the only physical requirements for the handler are being able to control your dog and being able to move at a jogging speed for a few paces. Dogs will be on leash at all times. Accommodations will be made for any handlers with disabilities in this class. Rally is for everybody.

Prerequisite: Basic Manners

For: Dogs 1 year old and older (unless with special approval by the instructor) who are comfortable hanging out on leash around other dogs and new people. The dogs must not be disruptive to the class.

You Should Know: 7 week class. Dogs attend all 7 weeks.

Tuition: $210

Start Date Day Time Instructor
April 26 Sunday 5:30-6:30pm Coralyn Pedota, ACDBC, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

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Tricks!

Tricks! In this fun class we’ll use a variety of training techniques to teach tricks and games AND you get to help us choose the tricks to work on. We can work on some showy tricks like weaving through your legs, games like fetch, and some tricks that can get your dog’s attention and help them settle (such as lying on their back or side with a cue like “bang”). We’ll be taking your trick requests when you sign up for the course!

Prerequisite: Basic Manners

For: Dogs 1 year old and older (unless with special approval by the instructor) who are comfortable hanging out on leash around other dogs and new people. The dogs must not be disruptive to the class.

You Should Know: 6 week class. Dogs attend all 6 weeks.

Tuition: $180

Start Date Day Time Instructor
March 8 Sunday 5:30-6:30pm Coralyn Pedota, ACDBC, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

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Canine Good Citizen Prep

Are you and your dog ready to go beyond the basics and become tested good citizens of our Portland community? Come join us in this 7-week class to prepare your dog for a Canine Good Citizen award! The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test is a structured evaluation of 10 different skills that demonstrate a dog’s ability to be well-mannered in public spaces and comfortable with new people and new dogs. The CGC program can give you an opportunity to enhance your bond with your dog, provide a foundation for getting started in dog sports, and may also be a first step for many therapy dog programs. In addition, some insurance companies may provide discounts for households with Canine Good Citizen dogs.

We will supply each student with a copy of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program: Participant’s Handbook, which details each of the ten tests that make up the CGC test. The last week of class will be set aside for the actual CGC testing for all students who are ready to take the test.

Prerequisite: Basic Manners

For: Dogs 1 year old and older (unless with special approval by the instructor) who have completed Basic Manners or an equivalent class. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen.

Dogs MUST be comfortable hanging out on leash around other dogs and new people. This class is not for dogs who bark and lunge at other dogs or people. If your dog is uncomfortable hanging out in close quarters with other dogs or people, please email us and we will make a suggestion as to what training will be appropriate for your dog.

You Should Know: 7 week class. Dogs attend all 7 weeks.Tuition includes the test on the final day of class.

Tuition: $220

Start Date Day Time Instructor January 5, 2020 Sunday 4-5pm Coralyn Pedota, ACDBC, CPDT-KA April 26 Sunday 4-5pm Coralyn Pedota, ACDBC, CPDT-KA

To start the enrollment process, please click on the link below to set up an account in our online scheduling software (Gingr). From there you can request the class and all of our other services!

Request Canine Good Citizen Prep!

Learn More About the Doggy Business Trainers

Amber Mahoney, CPDT-KA

AMBER’S ROLE: Basic Manners, Impulse Control, Follow Your Nose, & Calm and Cool Class Instructor. Amber is available for private training sessions in NE Portland.

AMBER’S CREDENTIALS: Amber is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and has been working as a professional trainer since 2008. Over the years since, she has amassed a wealth of experience in group, private, and shelter settings and developed a particular expertise in working with reactive dogs—those who bark, growl, and lunge at other dogs. Amber loves helping these dogs and their owners restore peace. She also loves her time in the classroom, whether it be with reactive dogs, helping dogs have fun following their noses, or watching light bulbs go on in basic manners classes.

Alexis DeGregorio, CPDT-KA

ALEXIS’ ROLE: Puppy Kindergarten & Puppy Social Instructor. Alexis is available for private training sessions in N and NE Portland.

ALEXIS’ CREDENTIALS: Alexis is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and began working with dogs as a Junior Volunteer with the Oregon Humane Society as a 13-year-old. She subsequently became an OHS adoption counselor and ran the adoption outreach program for the shelter. Alexis’ journey into force-free training began when she adopted a 7-month-old German Shepherd in 2006 and sought the most sound training techniques she could find. Flash forward a decade, and Alexis now channels her passion to help others train confident, comfortable urban companions as a member of the Doggy Business team. She teaches and assists classes, is part of the Puppy Fast Track program, provides private instruction, and works with dogs in play group. A certified Dog Bite Safety and Be A Tree Educator with Doggone Safe, and mother of four, Alexis especially loves helping children and dogs learn how to coexist with mutual understanding and respect.

Coralyn Pedota, CPDT-KA

CORALYN’S ROLE: Puppy Kindergarten; Life Skills Series; & Puppy Social Instructor. Coralyn is also expanding the Doggy Business class curriculum with new Rally courses! Coralyn is available for private training sessions in N, NE, & SE Portland.

CORALYN’S CREDENTIALS: Coralyn is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBD) for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Coralyn has a serious passion for the science of behavior. She started her canine career in the heart of busy Chicago, and it was there that she learned about the unique needs of dogs living an urban lifestyle. Much of her time was spent training and instructing about the relatively modern phenomenon of “leash reactivity.” After leaving Chicago, she interned at a working dog kennel in West Virginia, where she learned about socialization for future police, military, and sport dogs, odor detection imprinting, and more. Somewhere in the middle of that, she even learned how to clicker-train chickens. Now, in-between training for dog sports and competitions, exploring the trails, and continuing her never-ending journey of education, she enjoys helping humans and their dogs both understand each other better.

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"Taught me more than any dog training class I've taken."

“Awesome training classes-the Impulse Control class taught me more than any other dog training class I’ve taken. The number of dogs in daycare and classes is manageable by design-not overwhelming for my shy girl and enough fun for my energetic girl!”
-Karen on behalf of Teuli & Kiri