Covid-19 Update

3/21/20 Plucky Puppy continues to offer group dog training classes and private training and behavior consultations both in person and via Zoom, as well as boarding and training programs for any length of time. Please see our registration page for detailed information about specific dog training classes, or call or email to schedule private training or boarding and training.


What we do

Plucky Puppy provides positive, humane, and effective dog training, behavior modification, and socialization to Portland puppies and dogs. We offer a variety of training services to suit your schedule and budget, including individual training and behavior consulting, group classes, day training, and boarding & training in Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas. 


Mission statement

To strengthen the relationship between dogs and humans by providing science-based education, training, and behavior services that value and respect the needs of both dogs and humans.


Why choose us?

We are a small, local, owner-operated business; we are licensed, bonded, and insured; and we come highly recommended. Furthermore...

  • We are committed to using only humane, science-based, dog- and people-friendly training methods.
  • Our dog trainers are certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, or in the process of acquiring this certification (CPDT).
  • Our dog trainers have a solid foundational education and certification through internationally renowned dog training schools such as the Academy for Dog Trainers, the Dog Training Internship Academy and Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.
  • Katrin teaches future dog trainers at the Whole Dog Academy and is an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
  • We pursue continuing education through attending events such as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) annual conference and Karen Pryor's ClickerExpo.
  • 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.


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Spot Magazine's Top Dog 2012