Why Train?

A well-trained dog is a pleasure to be around, while an undersocialized and/or misbehaving dog can be a real pain—and, in some cases—a danger to herself and others. Training your dog can do more than just give you control over his behavior, it can actually provide freedom for you and your dog. A well-behaved dog is welcome almost anywhere. Want to go on vacation and take your dog along? If so, you’ll need to be assured that she won’t run wild at the campground, ignoring your pleas to “come,” or bark incessantly in the hotel room. Want to go on vacation without your dog? Most boarding facilities require a pre-boarding evaluation and your dog will need to know how to be handled by strangers and how to play nicely with other dogs. Furthermore, your friends and family—dog lovers and dog averse alike—will appreciate your model citizen of a dog.


Our Training Philosophy

Plucky Puppy uses positive reinforcement training. Scientific research on animal learning shows that animals learn best when rewarded for correct behavior. Positive reinforcement training is fun, kid-friendly, and dogs love it! Most importantly, positive reinforcement training works.


What kind of training is best?

We offer group classes and a variety of individual training services. Not sure which way to go? Give us a call and we'll help you determine the best option for your dog.


Behavior Consultations

Behavior counseling is used to diagnose and treat behavior problems such as aggression (towards dogs or people), fear and anxiety, house soiling or unwanted behaviors such as excessive barking, chewing, digging or destructiveness.


Training Services

Group Classes

Katrin and her training assistants teach group classes at several locations throughout Portland. Please visit our Classes page and Calendar for more information.


One-On-One Training

Do you have lots of time? Are you more of a do-it-yourself person? Plucky Puppy will come to your home and teach you how to train your dog. Hands on training in your home will help you develop the skills and knowledge to train your dog yourself.


Day Training

Want your puppy trained while you’re at work? No problem. Plucky Puppy will come to your house Monday through Friday while you’re at work, and on Saturday we’ll meet to introduce you to your dog’s new repertoire of manners and tricks. Includes 5 dog and trainer sessions and one one-hour session with you and your dog, where we show you how to maintain your dog’s behavior for life.


Board and Train

Are you short on time? Would you like a “doggy make-over”? Send us your dog for two to four weeks, and we’ll send you back a new dog. It’s not doggy boot camp, because we use gentle, scientifically proven methods based on animal learning theory. Your pup will have fun while learning, as well as develop good social skills and public behavior.

After his stay with us, we’ll return your new pup and spend an hour teaching you all that he has learned. Includes an additional follow-up session.



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