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The Plucky Puppy Team

Marley Muffin-Face is the original plucky puppy. Katrin adopted him from the San Diego Animal Shelter when he was a puppy. Without many new or positive experiences 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, training, and behavior modification, he eventually adapted to his new home and feline and avian companions. He went on to have a distinguished career as puppy socializer and training assistant to Katrin. He passed away from old age and a life well lived at the ripe old age of 16, and continues to be the inspiration for our work.

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 effective 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. In addition to teaching group dog training classes, providing private training and behavior consultations, and day training, she teaches Learning Theory to aspiring dog trainers at the Whole Dog Academy. 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, and has been training dogs since 2006. She shares her life with her wife and two young children, and her fur kid, Stella Bella Ding Dong. 

 

Angela Grey, CPDT-KA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, lifelong dog lover, and puppy enthusiast. From a very young age she knew she wanted to work with animals, but it wasn’t until her beloved Pit Bull, Bones, entered her life that she realized her truest passion was training. Currently a student of The Academy for Dog Trainers, Angela is committed to force-free dog training that is both easy to understand and enjoyable for dog and owner alike. She especially enjoys working with new puppy owners to get training and socialization started on the right foot. Angela lives in SE Portland with her partner, their three dogs, Bones, Klayton, and Mars, and their very patient cat, Garry.

 

Cindy Wang, CBCT, CPDT-KA is the owner of Stumptown Littles, which offers off-leash group hikes and training for small dogs in NE Portland. She is Dog*Tec Dog Walking Academy certified and holds a Certificate in Behavior Consultation and Training from the Dog Training Internship Academy. She has been hiking dogs professionally since 2013 and training since 2014. A lifelong dog-lover, Cindy’s passion is to help dogs learn and have fun. She and her husband Anrey have one human baby, Charlie, and two small canine companions, Cocoa and Ashe.

   

Joanna Meleiro, CTC 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 graduated with honors from the Academy For Dog Trainers and enjoys working with fearful and worried dogs.

 

Lorena Jasis-Wallace is originally from Kentucky and grew up on a petting zoo and farm, complete with all sorts of creatures- from llamas and camels, to foxes and coatimundis. But dogs were always her favorite. She has a BA from Portland State, and is fascinated by the behavior of both animals and humans. From wilderness leadership to public schools to residential psychiatric, and now to Plucky Puppy, she is excited to help dog parents build lasting and wonderful relationships with their furry friends. Her approach to dog training (and people training!) is based on shaping personality concepts and life skills, with emphasis on fun, optimism, and play. A student of the AbsoluteDogs Training Academy, Lorena is particularly interested in finding creative and stress-free solutions to challenging behavior problems. She lives in SE Portland with her two dogs, two snakes, and an ancient cockatiel. 

 

Marley Nose by Lucien Gamache
Katrin Greim
Cindy Wang
Joanna Meleiro