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Building trust and the bond between you and your dog!

Kate Johnson is a professional Dog Trainer with a very simple philosophy. Positive reinforcement, science based training and behavior solutions strengthen your relationship with your dog and develop a more confident, happy and well-behaved pup.  We offer convenient, custom, in-home training. All animals involved in the process experience the benefits, including the humans! Put your best paw forward and let’s get started today.

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Helping You Help Your Pet

Yoshi the Bernadoodle Pup
Frankie the Malamute Puppy
Fable the Maltese Puppy
Stella the Cavapoo Pup
Birdy the Vizsla


Personalized and Professional

Whether you’re getting ready for a new addition to your family or have already brought your puppy home, puppy training and socialization are essential in getting your puppy on the right path to becoming a happy and well-adjusted adult. I can help you get your puppy started on the right track with my Puppy Training Program.

Here are some examples of what we’ll cover during training:

  • Foundations skills and behaviors (attention, name recognition, sit, down, polite walking, polite greetings, coming when called, place training, crate training)

  • Common puppy behavior challenges such as jumping, chewing, mouthing and play biting

  • House training support

  • Socialization

  • Enrichment

  • Handling and cooperative care


  • 60-minute initial consultation either virtual or in-person where we’ll discuss your dog’s background, behavior history, training goals, and introduction to training.

  • Four 60-minute in-person coaching sessions either in your home, yard or at a nearby park for your convenience.

  • Building strong foundation skills and behaviors such as attention, name recognition, handler engagement, sit, down, place training, settle and relaxation skills, crate training, house training, socialization, acclimation to handling, loose leash walking, polite greetings.


Puppy Package 

5 sessions - $700

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Complete Support Helping to Raise a Happy, Safe, Confident Dog

This program is for puppies between 8-20 weeks old.

This package is for the busy puppy parent who can use a lot of support taking advantage of their puppy’s critical socialization window. The package will include 15 or 20 one hour sessions that can be split into private training sessions and socialization outings.

We will work together at your home for a least 5 of the sessions to teach you how to train your puppy and the remaining session will be your puppy working 1:1 with your trainer away from your house with a mix of socialization field trips with foundational training included during these outings.

Early socialization experiences are crucial for helping puppies become confident, relaxed adults. Our primary goal in our puppy socialization outings is to introduce puppies to new things in a positive way. We will be introducing your puppy to new people, places, sound and surfaces in a way that is dictated by your individual puppy’s needs, and teaching you how to help your puppy interact safely and confidently with the world around them. Puppies are exposed to unusual objects (like skateboards, vacuum cleaners, and motorcycle helmets), strange sounds, careful body handling exercises, car rides, busy locations, new homes, outdoor parks, trails, and more… It can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to appropriate socialization for your puppy. Puppy Field Trips are designed to provide structured socialization opportunities for puppies at different locations in the Portland area. Help set your puppy up to navigate this weird and wonderful world we live in while also giving you a much needed puppy break!!

Each socialization outing will be at different locations such as local parks where your puppy will be able to learn about all of the distractions the world has to offer under the watchful eyes of a certified puppy specialist. Your puppy will be able to practice watching people and other dogs calmly and quietly, learn how to explore the environment while still checking in with you, and the skills required to help them become the most confident, bombproof dogs they can be.

Each training session and outing will include a detailed follow up and lots of videos so you can see your puppy’s new experiences and learn how to best continue your puppies socialization when your trainer isn’t with you.

This puppy training package will also cover age specific issues such as management, house training, separation training, socialization/desensitization to sights, sounds & handling, mouthing/nipping, and recognizing normal and abnormal behaviors.  We will start introductory work on basic cues including: focus, stationing on a mat, sit, down, come, polite greetings and loose leash walking. We will also discuss what to expect in different stages of canine development and how to decode your puppy’s body language.


Complete Puppy Training & Socialization Package

15 Sessions $1,950


20 Sessions $ 2,600

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Accommodating Your Lifestyle

Do you want your dog to listen, be engaged with you, and come when called?

Would you like them to politely greet your guests and settle calmly while you enjoy a nice dinner at home?

Do you want to teach your pup the life skills they need to be a happy and well-adjusted adult?

Do you want to make your leash walks more enjoyable?

Would you like to enjoy hiking and exploring the world with your dog?

Are you struggling with separation training?

I can help you live the life with your dog you’ve always wanted!

We offer private, in-home training sessions personalized to each client’s needs. 


  • 60-minute initial consultation either virtual or in-person where we’ll discuss your dog’s background, behavior history, training goals, and introduction to training.

  • Three 60-minute in-person coaching sessions either in your home, yard or at a nearby park for your convenience.

  • Get to know you and your dog with an in-depth & thorough behavior history form

  • Discuss your goals and concerns to develop a plan

  • Introduce training concepts

  • Provide helpful suggestions and information

  • Observe and evaluate your dog

  • Discuss options for behavior modification and how we can help

  • Discuss safety &/or management strategies

  • Implementation of strategies typically begins during the consultation

  • Some examples of what we may work on include: building strong foundation skills and behaviors such as attention, name recognition, handler engagement, sit, down, place training, settle and relaxation skills, crate training, house training, acclimation to handling, loose leash walking, polite greetings all in addition to addressing any behavior issues you are wanting support with


4 Private Sessions – $560

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Modern, positive reinforcement-based approach is safe, humane, and effective.

Kate’s Education

As a certified professional trainer, Kate prides herself in continually expanding her knowledge of dog behavior and training techniques through obtaining certifications, attending workshops and conferences, reading the latest literature and networking with colleagues to remain on the cutting edge of the science of dog behavior.

Kate is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) under the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a Certified Family Dog Mediator from Kim Brophey’s Applied Ethology L.E.G.S. program. 

A Family Dog Mediator (FDM) is an individual that has completed Kim Brophey’s Applied Ethology L.E.G.S. program. FDM’s assess each animal based on their L.E.G.S.—which includes each dog’s Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self–as each plays a critical role in the animal’s behavior.

Family Dog Mediators evaluate the dog’s L.E.G.S and help mediate the places where there are conflicts between dogs and owners. We help you manage your expectations for your dog’s behavior, help translate what your dog needs from you, and help you meet those needs. We also help by giving you the tools to modify behavior so that you can live happily with your pet! It is our job to understand, to the greatest extent possible, the needs of all parties and to bring them together to create harmonious symbiosis in the family dog home.

Kate is a Whole Dog Academy Graduate of the Foundational Dog Trainer Certificate Program where she studied: dog training & behavior, learning theory, ethology, canine body language, husbandry, safety along with other related courses. 

Kate has taken or attended a variety of continuing education courses and conferences on topics such as behavior, socialization, ethology, fear & anxiety, impulse control, obedience and building drive & motivation. 

Kate also continues to work on her hands-on skills in training with her own dog, Powells, as this is a true passion of hers and because Powells loves training and it makes him a very happy boy.

Professional Certifications and Degrees:

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Flagler College

Whole Dog Academy Graduate: Foundational Dog Trainer Certificate Program

Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) 

Certified Family Dog Mediator (CFDM)

Continuing Education:

Karen Pryor Clicker Expo 2021

L.E.G.S Applied Ethology Family Dog Medication Seminar- Kim Brophy (2021)

The REALLY REAL RELAXATION Protocol Webinar. Presented by Suzanne Clothier

Nose Work Training with K9 Nose Work Instructor Rachel Davis, CPDT-KA, CNWI

DoveLewis Pet First Aid/CPR


Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) 2020

Pet Professionals Guild (PPG) 2020 

Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas 2020

Kate practices force-free, fear-free, positive training and is committed to and uses the most current, gentle, science-based, positive training and behavior modification techniques. Kate has always had a love for animals and the outdoors. After 18 years working in office administration, she decided to follow her love of animals and nature and start a new career working with dogs. Kate has been serving as the Board Secretary of Whole Dog Academy, an education and research based nonprofit organization, since 2015. 

Kate enjoys instructing in-home private training, off leash enrichment adventure groups and running puppy socials but has found a real passion for helping families welcome puppies into their homes during their puppy’s critical socialization period of development. Kate loves helping families with kids and other pets welcome a new puppy as smoothly and safely as possible into their homes. Kate excels in consulting with puppy families and then building a training and socialization plan specific to their unique needs and training goals.

Kate spends her downtime with her family which includes her husband and elementary aged daughter as well as a very good doodle, Powells, and a hilarious kitty, Poppy.

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"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive."

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"From the first visit Kate and my 2-month-old Maltese puppy, Fable, connected immediately. Working with Kate was one of the best decisions I made when bringing home a new puppy. Kate had been referred to me by one of my co-workers. I've never worked with a personal dog trainer before. Kate came to the house and worked with Fable and I in our own home environment. Fable would get so excited to see Kate and be so sad when she left. After each session Kate would send a follow-up email. Which included helpful links to products, additional support, puppy socialization classes, and examples about what we talked about during the session. She also included YouTube videos to teach Fable and I more about things we were learning. Kate really listened to my concerns, so each session was tailored to focus on things that Fable and I had been struggling with since the last session. She was creative, thinking of new ways to teach a puppy - who's not very food motivated - how to follow commands and be engaged. Kate kept Fable's interest and made training a fun positive experience.
Obviously I can't say enough good things and what a big difference Kate made in our lives. If you have any doubt or are looking for a personal dog trainer look no further - Kate is amazing! She's passionate about what she does and that connection comes through to the animals! I feel so lucky and grateful we found someone who is the perfect fit for us."

Mindi & Fable

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Owner & Trainer: Kate Johnson, CPDT-KA, CFDM
Portland, Oregon


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