German Shepherd Dog > Training in Portland, OR area (4 replies)
Training in Portland, OR area
by GSDPACK on 13 March 2012 - 21:29
|I am doing a little research about training groups in Portland area in Oregon. SAR group, good obedience classes? Suggestions for trainers? People looking are new to the working dog so they will need a guidance. They purchase a puppy with her being a companion dog but they would like to try to find something to do with her, maybe even do more than just petco OB classes.|
They asked me about scent work and maybe little protection training if she can do it. Of course the OB part goes along. I suggested maybe SAR work but they need to make the decision.
by Voraus on 13 March 2012 - 22:03
|I am not sure about training groups in Portland (despite living there myself), but if they are willing to make the 1 - 2 hour drive to Salem, they can look into|
Oregon K-9 Search Teams
for Search And Rescue. I do not have any personal experiences with or knowledge of OK9ST myself, but my dog's littermate and his owner/handler volunteers with them.
For protection training, Schutzhund, and general obedience
also in Salem, Oregon. That is where we went for puppy classes and basic obedience. I would recommend they sit in during a class first if they are interested, the trainers are accustomed to working with hard tempered, strong willed working bred dogs and use a solid mixture of positive reinforcement and positive punishment training methods with the prong. Nothing overboard, I was comfortable there with my pup and would go back, they do not pressure any person or dog into anything. Knowledgeable people, really "know" their dogs. I definitely would turn to them for teaching control over and handling of harder tempered, strong willed dogs (as opposed to low confidence, extremely soft, and/or shy dogs). Just my opinion and experience, of course.
by GSDPACK on 16 March 2012 - 20:13
|Thank you Voraus.|
I am bumping this hoping to her some other options.
by Lani on 16 March 2012 - 22:26
|If you're interested in scent work look into North West Truffle Dogs just across the Columbia, in Vancouver. http://www.nwtruffledogs.com/|
by SilverJudge on 17 March 2012 - 04:19
|Across the river in BattleGround,WA is Allgemeiner Hundesport klub. They are great people and have been in the schutzhund world for years. I highly reccomend them!|