What we do

Dog training

We provide a variety of training services, including individual training and behavior consulting, group classes, day training, and board-and-train. See our training page for details.Training services provided in Portland, Oregon and surrounding suburbs. 

Dog walking

Dog walks (and runs!) are available on a regular schedule or as needed, on leash in your neighborhood or off leash at the park. We even take dogs hiking and swimming. Dog walking is provided in Portland, Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area, including Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville, California. 

Pet sitting

We offer drop-in visits and overnight pet sitting in your home for all types of pets, and home-style boarding (no kennels) in our homes. Pet sitting is provided in Portland, Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area, including Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville, California.


Why choose us? 

We are a small, local, owner-operated business; we are licensed, bonded, and insured; and we come highly recommended on Yelp. Furthermore...

For training

    • Katrin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) 
    • Katrin holds a Certificate in Training and Counseling with Honors (CTC) from the San Francisco SPCA's internationally acclaimed Academy for Dog Trainers
    • Katrin completed the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society
    • Katrin attends continuing education events such as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) annual conference and Karen Pryor's ClickerExpo
    • Katrin is an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
    • Portland clients have voted Katrin among the top three dog trainers in Spot Magazine's Top Dog Contest for four years in a row. Our puppy socials also won in 2013.
    • Katrin has been training dogs and teaching people since 2006
    • Katrin specializes in puppy training and socialization
    • Katrin has successfully helped hundreds of dogs with separation anxiety, fear, and aggression towards dogs and people
    • We use only positive methods based on the latest research on animal learning

For pet care

    • Our pet care staff include experienced dog trainers, veterinary technicians, pet owners and pet care professionals
    • Our staff are certified in Pet First Aid and CPR
    • Our staff uses only gentle methods while providing firm leadership to your pets
    • The pet sitter that you and your pet meet will be the only person who takes care of your pet
    • Your pet sitter will send you updates and pictures via phone, text, or email
    • Plucky Puppy has placed in the top 10 for dog walking, pet sitting, and boarding in Spot Magazine's Top Dog Contest in the past two years.
    • We establish long-term relationships with our clients (some have been with us since 2006!)
Spot Magazine's Top Dog 2012