The Plucky Puppy Team
Marley Muffin-Face is the original plucky puppy. He was adopted from the San Diego Animal Shelter when he was a puppy. Without any socialization during his critical socialization period, he was terrified of everything, especially people. As he was getting used to his new family and environment, Marley showed remarkable strength and courage. With lots of remedial socialization and training, he eventually adapted to his new home and feline and avian companions. Several years later he is a composed and confident adult dog who assists Katrin during training sessions.
Plucky Puppy was founded for dogs like Marley, whose spirit could not be vanquished by a bad start in life, and for all the lucky puppies that got everything they needed right from the beginning. We believe that a committed owner—along with ample socialization and diligent training—can bring out the plucky puppy in any dog.
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. She also graduated from the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society. 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. She teaches dog training classes at several locations in Portland, OR. Check out her Training Blog.
Cindy Wang is Dog*Tec Dog Walking Academy certified and holds a Certificate in Behavior Consultation and Training from the Dog Training Internship Academy. She currently offers training, walking, and pet sitting services. A lifelong dog-lover, she volunteered walking shelter dogs as a kid, in college, and most recently as an adult at the San Francisco SPCA. She has two years experience walking two off-leash packs of dogs every day. Cindy loves helping dogs learn and seeing them have fun. She and her husband are the proud parents of Cocoa, a ball-crazy, brindle Dachshund-Boston terrier mix.
Joanna Meleiro unexpectedly found her calling while photographing adoptable dogs for local rescues several years ago. She became fascinated by the process of making the dogs feel comfortable and happy in front of the camera so their personalities could shine for potential future families. After adopting one of her models, complete with a long list of behavior challenges, she dove into the science of animal learning and quickly changed her career plans. She's currently a second year student at The Academy For Dog Trainers and plans to focus on working with the fearful and worried dogs after graduating in 2016.