Dog Trainers in Portland

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What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured dog walkers, sitters, and trainers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Danielle VPortland, OR

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“Fluent in DOG. Every size and every disposition.”

Responsible, compassionate, experienced dog walker who will treat your furry family member exactly as if he or she were my own. Knowledgeable about a variety of complex issues including fearful behaviors, anxiety, leash-reactivity, over-stimulation, and fully schooled in positive training methods. I will walk your pup, and provide some training along the way, and we'll have a blast--I promise!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Jessy SPortland, OR

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Can't make it home in time? Did you get held up at work, again? Or you're wanting to finally go on vacation, but can't find anyone to watch your dog? Then you've found the right walker! I am experienced and committed to caring for your dog the best possible way! I try to always put their safety and care at top priority. I used to train horses and believe every dog can be handled the right way with gentle, yet firm training. I strictly believe in only humane forms of discipline and lots of love and fun! I will make sure to thoroughly read your notes and handle your dog only the way you want them to be. I also keep supplies ready to go for just in case scenarios: I come equipped with extra water, poo bags, leashes/harnesses, and even booties for their paws to prevent heat burn! I love this job! I look forward to meeting your furry friend.

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Hannah WPortland, OR

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I'm Hannah. I grew up having all kinds of animals in my life, including dogs, and I have a special love for all of them. I'm away from my animals right now (I'm in college, and they're with my mom), so I have more than enough love and time to give to yours.

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Michelle LPortland, OR

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I have been a certified dog trainer for 6 years and a volunteer at a last chance dog rescue for 3. My passion for caring for all different types of animals is what drives me. I recently took in three of my neice and nephews, and I’m really excited to be a part of Wag which allows me to make my own schedule, while still enjoying working with dogs. I can’t wait to meet your best friend!

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Erin LPortland, OR

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“Dog on it, I’m on it!”

Erin is a seasoned pet professional that has worked with all types of dogs including giant breeds. She has a Masters in Zoology with a minor in animal behavior. Erin is pet CPR and First Aid certified. She also has been certified in San Francisco to walk multiple dogs. Erin has an extensive background in animal behavior and works with clients on R+ positive reinforcement during the walks she provides. Erin is also a Salon Manager at Petco and has been grooming dogs and horses for 16+years.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Shiann GPortland, OR

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“Dog enthusiast”

Shiann, 22, Vancouver, WA. I’ve always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. I love being outdoors and with animals! I want to give your pet the extra love and attention that they need on a daily basis.

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Can run with dogs, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Gavin RPortland, OR

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Hello ! My name is Gavin and I am dog trainer apprentice for Petco going to start my own dog training classes in November . I am very knowledgeable about dog behavior and signs to look out for ! I LOVE.....LOVE dogs ! And I have no problem with big dogs either . The bigger the better for me !

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About Dog Training in Portland, OR

Training Fun Fact #1:

Puppers that carry the ring down the aisle as ring bearer often steal the show even from the bride! Not all dogs can perform this job — focus despite distractions and a steady walk are requirements for this special task. Are you thinking of this as a unique addition to your wedding? If so, have a non-wedding guest on hand to act as handler and drive your pooch home when the job is complete.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Dogs can be trained to pull a cart, and many pooches thoroughly enjoy the task. Years ago, Rottweilers used to pull carts through the town as assistants to butchers and only gave up the job when donkeys were brought into service. Carting is a sport as a matter of fact, and the Burmese Mountain Dog is a pro at it.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Any breed and size of dog can be trained to be a service dog, and that’s a cool fact for sure. Temperament and a love of learning are two keys traits that dogs in the field have. What defines a service canine? These intelligent pups assist people with disabilities like visual assistance and allergen alert. The most common breed to hold this noble position is the Labrador Retriever.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Portland, OR

Are you looking for dog training classes in Portland? Dog trainers in Portland who can give private lessons can charge as high as $95 for a one-hour session. In-home weekly packages can run up to $900, and board-and-train packages may run around $1200 or more, depending on the length. 

Group lessons, on average, cost around $160 per session for attendance and participation for 5 to 6 weeks. You will most likely want to complete every level to ensure that your dog is in tip-top shape for neighborhood promenades. 

Learning obedience is an essential part of a happy dog’s life, and no doubt, you cannot wait to get started. However, there is always the flexibility issue and the willingness to commit to the same time and the same place every week. If you miss a class, you lose out on the instructions for the week. And, your pooch misses out on the fun.

Get your dog promenade and park ready with affordable and convenient hour-long sessions with dog trainers with Wag!, right in Portland. For just $60 per hour-long session, you can schedule lessons that suit your requirements and the needs of your pooch.

Let the lessons come to you. Obedience training for your dog is at your fingertips. Set up a session on the Wag! platform. Chat with dog trainers with Wag! and pay securely in-app. 

Going Off-Leash in Portland, OR

Your dog will need to be on their best behavior when visiting Portland’s off-leash dog parks. Dogs visiting and playing in any of the city’s parks and recreation areas must be on-leash unless they are in a specific off-leash area available to four-leggers. Playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields, and other places for enjoying nature’s bounties require dogs to be leashed.

Planning on making a stop at one of the beaches just outside the city? Warrior Point Beach is open to doggy visitors but requires a hike of over 3 miles to get there unless you come by boat. Make a day of it, and be sure to keep the beach clean after you and your furry buddy have a picnic. Work with a dog trainer with Wag! in Portland so, your pupper is ready to play with any canines they meet along the trail.

 Continue practicing your trekking skills and add Cathedral Park Loop to your list of must-do hikes. Being a popular spot for dog walkers, this trail is the perfect place to brush up on your furry companion’s heeling skills.

Taking your dog on adventures to Portland’s parks, beaches, and walking trails will get you both in shape and attuned to nature. In-home training sessions can further the unique bond of friendship between man and canine. Nurture your relationship and teach your dog the ropes of good doggy citizenship at the same time.

Dog Training in Portland, OR

What are your goals for your dog? Basic obedience opens the door to any number of skills and fun activities. It’s essential to have a reliable recall, and commands like drop it will be useful when your pup is trekking and comes upon something they shouldn’t touch. Is agility in your dog’s future? Get the basics first, by working with a vetted Portland dog trainer on the Wag! platform, and the sky is the limit from there.

Dog trainers in Portland have a variety of pups to work with, and the top dog in the city is the Labrador Retriever. These dogs are keen on nature and are perfect companions for beach and forest treks alike, making them the ideal canine for Portland dog lovers. This energetic pooch is always up for a game of fetch and loves to please. They are easy to train and relish a job to call their own. Train them to come when called without hesitation and then reward them with a game.

The Bullmastiff is another popular pet choice, and despite their big and imposing frame, can be docile and ready for a cuddle when trained to their potential. They need consistency in training and love to see a leadership role in their pet parent. 

On the other end of the scale, you’ve got the tiny Chihuahua, a small pooch with an attitude bigger than life. Make way for this mighty and sassy pup, and don’t let their training slip or they will soon rule the roost. They will pick up obedience commands when trained consistently and do love to be carried around and shown off, so socialize them for plenty of affection and attention.

Further down the list but no less-loved is the Border Collie, another dog that thrives on activity. This super-intelligent dog will keep you hopping — they expect and need to be working first and foremost. Be prepared to take them all the way with dog training; they will excel and make you proud. After they have learned the basics as far as recall, teach them how to herd and let them show everyone how it’s done.

Connect with a dog trainer with Wag! in Portland, and together, you can train your dog to be the best on the block. Whether your interests are hiking, joining in on a friendly competition, or combing the local beach, it’s all the better with a well-trained dog by your side.