I specialize in positive reinforcement training and pride myself in tailoring programs to meet the needs and goals of each client. Private training takes place in the convenience of your home, at veterinary clinics where you and your dog are most comfortable, where we can address environment-specific behaviors and where all members of the household can be involved. 

Each training program begins with a thorough consultation to discuss goals, areas of difficulty and to customize a training plan. Sessions are one hour long, and you will be provided with clear written instructions for each exercise so that you can practice confidently after each meeting.

Proof of up-to-date vaccinations for all pets must be provided, and all pets should be healthy and free from parasites, vomiting or diarrhea in order to attend class.  Puppies must have had their first round of vaccinations ten days prior to attending group classes.

Serving Beaverton, Aloha, Tigard, West Hills, Bethany, West Portland, Lake Oswego  and surrounding areas. An additional fee may apply for locations exceeding fifteen miles of travel. 

Positive Puppy Package

Get your puppy off to the right start in life, before problems occur! Each session includes structured socialization and exposure exercises that will “vaccinate” your puppy against developing fears and problems later in life. Lessons are designed to promote lifelong skills such as self-control, focus, calmness, resiliency and confidence, while teaching beginning behaviors such as sit, down and come when called. Common issues such as mouthing and nipping, jumping and housetraining are addressed.

Consultation + 5 sessions $450

Positive Manners Foundations Package

Have the happy, well-behaved dog you envision with this course, which focuses on promoting clear human-dog communication while teaching behaviors such as sit, down, come when called, settle on a mat, wait at the door, loose-leash walking, and much more. You’ll learn how to reinforce the behaviors you want and manage and extinguish behaviors you don’t to have a well-behaved dog.

Consultation + 5 sessions $450

Positive Manners Next Steps Package

Whether you are looking to fine-tune previously taught behaviors, enhance the reliability and duration of skills, or take those behaviors out into the oh-so-distracting world, this program will take your dog’s training to the next level.

4 Sessions $300

Better Vet Visits

If visits to the vet stress your pet out, or if performing routine care such as nail trims, brushing or administering medications causes anxiety and frustration for you and your pet, you are not alone. Ruff to Refined is here to help! You and your pet can relax as your pet learns to accept and even enjoy visiting the vet, being handled for procedures and doing all without fear, force or punishment. 



Dogs with Issues

Does your dog display difficulties regulating behavior and emotions? Does your dog bark, lunge, guard items, cower, hide, or get overly-excited?  Does your dog have a difficult time being left at home alone? I will customize a program to help your dog relax, learn how to handle emotions differently and train alternative, safer and socially acceptable behaviors.


Tricks, Games & Play

Impress your friends and have more fun training with your dog as we teach spins, rolling over, high-fives, sitting-pretty and take a bow. Each session will include enrichment toys and cognitive brain-games to keep your dog mentally healthy, alert and active.

4 sessions $300

Pet Dog Ambassador Program

The Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) is a program for dog guardians to test their knowledge, skills and ability to manage their canine companion in real life settings. Its aim is to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable and recognizes these efforts from a puppy’s very early training. The program aims to encourage guardians to continue training and developing new skills, abilities and knowledge.