Visualize yourself walking peacefully with your dog in the heel position.  Or, think about the increase in you and your dog’s quality of life once they achieve off-leash reliability.  Either way, we got you!  Private training includes 5-8 private lessons followed by free group obedience classes and pack walks.

We offer two levels of training: on-leash and off-leash obedience. You and your trainer will discuss priorities and training goals during your dog’s first session. Lessons are 50-60 minutes each, in southwest Portland.

Obedience 1, on-leash training

Enrollment: $1000 Dogs 6 months & older
5 private sessions, with homework between sessions
We book nearly every day of the week and will navigate around your schedule.

We start teaching obedience skills with food rewards and praise.  Once your dog understands the obedience is rewarding, they will the art of pressure-release training.  This is also called traditional training.  This is akin to a couple’s dance.  One person leads.  The other follows. This is an important step to wean your pup off treats.

What can my dog learn? 

Below is a sample of obedience and self-control skills we can help with:

  • Heel (walk at my heel: walk when I walk, stop when I stop, speed transitions including jogging, granny walk)
  • Coming when called
  • Polite greetings
  • Sit / Stay
  • Down / Stay
  • Responding recognition
  • Introduction to coming-when-called
  • No (Stop that)
  • Politely greeting guests
  • Respecting personal space
  • Staying off of prohibited areas

Obedience 2, off-leash

$1000 (5 lessons, new clients)
$600 (3 lessons, current or past clients)

Obedience Level 2 is for clients who want to walk, and explore with their dog off-leash.

Read about our dog training approach here.  Training begins with a tether and progresses to off-leash areas.

Prerequisites for the Off-Leash Come Program:

  • A solid foundation of obedience 1 (be it with Pavlov or another professional training program)
  • Owners who are willing to tell their dog “No” and enforce it.
  • A quality remote electronic collar (e-collar), specifically the EZ Educator. Quality e-collars generally costs between $230-$290.

Pavlov uses low-level stimulation electronic collar training to teach your dog how to respond to subtle sensations. This will allow you to communicate with your dog remotely, even if he’s chasing a squirrel towards a busy street. This is not the shock training of yesteryear, which used e-collars solely to give high-level corrections. If you have yet to learn this modern, humane way of using an e-collar, we look forward to showing you how it can be done while leaving your dog joyful and SAFE off-leash.


Behavior Programs

(Aggression, reactivity, and emotional issues are addressed in a behavior program, which consists of 8 private lessons for $1300.)  Behavior programs require a remote electronic collar and food rewards.


Fill out our Contact Form form to request enrollment in one of our Obedience Programs.