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 (currently not accepting new clients)

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. 

Pet sitting - (currently not accepting new clients)

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.


Why choose us? 

We are a small, local, owner-operated business; we are licensed, bonded, and insured; and we come highly recommended. 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 teaches future dog trainers at the Whole Dog Academy
    • 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