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Canine Coach

Canine Coach

Training for Both Ends of the Leash


Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, we are currently suspending new enrollments in our training programs. Please check back for new dates.


Whether you're looking to teach your old dog new tricks or start your puppy out on the right paw, our trainers are here to help.

We believe that you and your dog deserve the very best relationship possible. Canine Coach is based on scientifically-proven training methods using positive reinforcement; rewarding the behavior you want to see means your dog is more likely to repeat that behavior. 

We believe that successful training is one based on mutual respect between people and the dogs that love them. Join us and start on your journey to a more harmonious and joyful relationship with your dog.

Register for Classes

Available Classes

  • Family Dog Skills

    Whether your dog is new to your home or a long-standing member of the household, we are here to help! This six-session class focuses on everyday life skills such as sit, down, polite greetings, loose-leash walking, wait at doors, stay, and more. Our certified trainers coach you and your dog using proven, reward-based training techniques that strengthen the human-canine bond and build cooperation and partnership throughout the learning process. 

    Currently Suspended. Please check back.

    Make sure to review our Class Policies prior to registration.

    Requirements:

    • Available for dogs five months and older.
    • The following vaccinations are required for adult dogs (aged 4 months and older): Rabies, DH2PP (or similar combination vaccine), Bordetella
    • Dogs over six months in age must be spayed or neutered
    • Proof of vaccinations should be submitted before or at the first class (orientation with no dogs present). Dogs may not attend class without proof of vaccinations. 
    • First class is mandatory and for people only, no dogs please.

    Class Size: Minimum-enrollment of four dogs, maximum five.

  • Puppy Class

    Coach your pup to love learning and start their journey to be a polite member of your family. This six-session class includes puppy socialization, handling, basic skills, and daily management. Topics include crate training, potty training, introductory sessions on sit, down, leash walking, and other everyday life skills. Your pup will socialize with other puppies as you lay the foundation for learning in a manner that will foster trust, confidence, and a loving bond with your new best friend. 

    Currently Suspended. Please check back.

    Requirements: 

    • Pups must be between 9 and 16 weeks of age at the beginning of class (not necessarily at registration).
    • Your dog must have lived in your home for at least 7 days prior to the first class with dogs in attendance.
    • At least two sets of shots are required. The following vaccinations are required for puppies (aged under four months): two rounds of DA2PP (or similar combination vaccinations), Bordetella.
    • Proof of vaccinations should be submitted before or at the first class (orientation with no dogs present). Puppies may not attend class without proof of vaccinations.
    • Rabies vaccination and spay/neuter requirements are waived for dogs under four months of age.
    • The first class is a people-only orientation, no puppies please. 

    Class Size: Minimum-enrollment of four dogs, maximum five.

Dates

Upcoming classes are available in 6-week programs, Saturdays.

  • May 30 - July 11 (no class on July 4)
  • August 1 - September 5*
  • September 19 - October 24*
  • November 7 -  December 19 (no class November 28)*
    *registration opens six weeks prior. Dates subject to change.

Make sure to review our Class Policies prior to registration.

Our Trainers

We're proud to offer high-quality programming to support you and your dog. Learn more about our program trainers below.

  • Hannah Blumenfeld, CDBC, CPDT-KA

    Hannah grew up in Dayton, Ohio, in a family of cat lovers. After 14 glorious years with her own feline soulmate, she decided to switch teams and began volunteering with shelter dogs. She soon fell in love with an American Staffordshire terrier named Lucy. Together, they launched into extensive training, earning their CGC in the process, and canine sports, including agility, rally obedience, flyball, and even sled-pulling. At Lucy's side, Hannah quickly found a true passion in dog training. 

    She believes that training is a powerful way to enhance the relationship between guardians and their dogs. Her top priority will always be shelter and rescue work, providing adopters the necessary tools and resources to successfully integrate a new dog into the home. Hannah enjoys finding creative ways to address behavioral concerns, while prioritizing the physical and emotional health and well-being of all family members, human and canine alike.

    Hannah is a certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC) as well as a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA). She is a graduate of Whole Dog Academy's rigorous dog trainer program, which covers everything from ethology to husbandry to learning theory.

  • Valerie Peck, CPDT-KA

    Valerie has been fascinated by animals her entire life. She grew up with an assortment of dogs, birds and rats, and was training birds by the age of seven. Through training, Valerie forms a deeper connection and a stronger relationship with her animals. It is this connection and partnership that makes training such a rewarding activity for her.

    In 2015, Valerie moved to Washington to be closer to family and began volunteering at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. At HSSW, she learned even more about how dogs communicate with us and how we can become better advocates by listening to them. An avid foster, she fostered and trained a wide variety of dogs, including puppies needing early socialization, fearful adult dogs and dogs with separation anxiety, resource guarding and reactivity.  

    The shelter dogs Valerie trained inspired her to pursue a full-time career as a dog trainer. She undertook a rigorous year of learning at Whole Dog Academy in Portland, became a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), and dedicated herself to working full-time at the Humane Society. She finds immense joy in helping families learn more about their canine companions and teaching both humans and canines new skills. 

    Valerie falls in love with numerous shelter dogs each day and then goes home to her own beloved Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Cedar. She enjoys teaching Cedar new tricks and spends much of her free time continuing her education through workshops and online courses.


Questions? Contact our Dog Training team at 
[email protected]