20:27 27 Jan 23
Our experience with Pavlov was awesome! Meredith is such a talented dog trainer who worked with us to ensure that our dog was up to the standards of expected on leash behavior (this included even some work in addition to the 2 week training). The difference between before and after training is night and day. We have a very happy and well-behaved pup now that we can take around the neighborhood without stressing about reactivity on leash. We loved it so much that we're interested in off-leash training through Pavlov as well. Thank you so much Meredith!!
18:52 21 Jan 23
Turbo turned two back in October and we wanted to make sure we solidified the foundation of some of the commands/behaviors we established in his first year. During this previous holiday season, my wife and I decided to connect with Pavlov where they introduced us to Kylah. One of the best decisions my wife and I made when it comes to boarding/training for our lil guy. During the holiday we were able to return home to NY to visit family and friends while we dropped Turbo off with Kylah. Not only was he treated great, but we were provided with frequent updates during our trip and a refreshing session upon our return back to the PNW.Shoutout to Kylah for being awesome and taking car of and training Turbo for us!Much Luv 😊
06:06 13 Jan 23
My dog Frankie got trained by Meredith for a two week board and train and he did so well. I can finally walk my dog without feeling like I’m going to lose a limb I’ve never been able to do that and I am so thankful for it. She has been very helpful and sent videos and made sure to respond to any questions I had with in a timely matter. The training she does truly helped my dog feel so much more confident. I will definitely always recommend Pavlov and for sure Meredith to anyone who is needing a trainer he will be back for off leash training eventually and I know he will be treated wonderfully like he was this time.
02:44 12 Jan 23
We have nothing but great things to say about Pavlov and trainer Kylah! She worked wonders for our Malinois/GSD puppy, Kali. At ~ 5 months kali started developing leash reactivity, making it nearly impossible for us to walk her or take her out around unfamiliar dogs. We had tried other puppy training and obedience classes but saw very little success. After doing some research and getting the recommendation from a neighbor, he knew Kylah at Pavlov was the right trainer for us. Having a Malinois herself, we felt confident Kali would be in great hands. We were not wrong!! Fast forward 2 weeks and we have a pup that walks amazing on the leash- night and day from where we started. Kali is much more confident on leash, barely notices the other dogs and is such a joy to walk with. It has given us all a much greater quality of life and we couldn’t be more thankful. In addition, Kylah has been there to answer any questions along the way.We also really loved and appreciated the weekly updates and videos throughout the training. We will most certainly be coming back for Off Leash training! We would highly recommend Kylah to anyone looking for a dog trainer, whatever their needs may be.-Robert and Katie
20:40 10 Jan 23
Meredith trained our 1yr old anxious husky mix, and she did an awesome job. My dog is almost 80 lbs, and he was constantly pulling on walks, which was becoming too much to handle. We did the board and train with Meredith, which lasted two weeks. When we got our pup back, no more pulling at all. He now walks politely at heel with a loose leash, and it hasn't take much effort from us to reinforce his behavior. I would definitely recommend Pavlov Dog Training, and especially Meredith!
08:04 06 Jan 23
Was awesome, my dog feels 100% now when I take him on walks and out to the park. At home he is still a puppy and wants to do stuff but is respectful and knows his limits. We worked with Meredith and she was awesome and would answer any questions I sent after the training fast.
17:38 16 Dec 22
We sent our 6 month old Rottweiler puppy to the 2 week board & train. He had no prior leash training and manners were that of a puppy! Meredith was able to completely transform his behavior outside and in busy environments while still leaving his goofy and playful personality. We are confident brining him places knowing he is focused on us and our next move. He now loves and craves having a job and command to do and is overall a happier pup. After the 2 weeks, it was a no brainer to send him to a 3rd week for off leash training! Merideth and the crew over at PAVLOV had wonderful communication, gave updates, and still check in on his progress regularly. I highly recommend them!
22:32 14 Dec 22
We have the most incredible dog, rescued with minimal house and leash manners. She's now a dream in everything from how she engages with my three young kids, to how she welcomes strangers into the home and how she mellowly engages with new surroundings. So much so that as we bring a new puppy into our lives, Pavlov and Kylah are once again our go-to support and insurance policy that we successfully integrate this new pup into our lives and home in a way that's great for all. I'm so grateful to have connected with Kylah and Pavlov, and wholeheartedly recommend her. She's direct, detailed, thoughtful, professional and a terrific listener.
22:38 12 Dec 22
Kylah did an amazing job with Cassius!
00:31 03 Dec 22
Kylah is an extremely talented and enthusiastic trainer and our Aussie doodle came home with lots of new skills. Kylah sent progress videos while we were traveling which were much appreciated. In fact when I was re-watching one of her videos our dog instantly recognized Kylah’s voice and dashed over to my iPad to take a look! This was a great experience for all of us.
04:09 11 Nov 22
I had a great experience sending my dog to board and train with trainer Kylah. Pavlov has a very down to earth approach and they go above and beyond to ensure that you’re getting the results you want. Kylah is amazing and has been super helpful answering any questions I had. Can’t recommend Pavlov and kylah enough!
01:23 09 Nov 22
Meredith transformed our 7 month old heeler and taught us how to communicate effectively with him. She really understands dogs and taught us how to transfer her training to our home. Our puppy has stopped biting everything and everyone. Our puppy is interacting great with our son as well as our 9 yr old dog. Thank you, Meredith, for bringing peace to our home!
16:41 08 Nov 22
Choosing to make an investment in professional training was a great decision. As this was my first dog, I didn't know what to expect, but Kylah's training far out exceeded my expectations. I knew my dog would be a handful due to the breed, but Kylah made sure to teach me all the tips and tricks needed to set up my dog for success. I appreciated her honesty and constructive feedback throughout the training process and would highly suggest anyone looking for training to contact Kylah! I now have one happy well trained pup and can't thank her enough!
21:22 29 Oct 22
OMG OMG... I can walk my beautiful puppy Nico off leash now! We went with the board and train program and couldn't be happier. His trainer Meredith was incredible. She was super knowledgeable and always on time to our follow up sessions. She was able to correct so many behaviors in such a short time, I am amazed. Thank you Pavlov's and especially you Meredith.
01:47 24 Oct 22
I can’t say enough good things about Meredith’s work training my dog, Fergus. He came back to me able to walk on a leash like a champ! He’s calmer and stays even with distractions. He’s now able to go out with me on trails and even to my office. I recommend her highly for any dog training needs.
22:55 10 Oct 22
Kylah was an amazing trainer and helped my rescue pup Finn so much! After 6 years and multiple trainers I had all but given up on Finns dog reactivity and outdoor bolting until I decided to try Pavlov. After 5 sessions and a few months of consistent work, Finn is now hanging out in parks off leash and walking right past dogs without reacting. My family and friends are shocked by his transformation- I can’t wait for years of a well behaved pup ahead of us. Thanks Kylah!
04:13 09 Oct 22
Meredith is an amazing dog trainer. In just two weeks, she managed to take my reactive aussiedoodle and transform him into a calm, well-behaved pup. Before Pavlov, I dreaded any sort of outdoor activity with my dog. Even on our short walks around the neighborhood, we would have to cross the street or turn around if we saw someone approaching. He would lunge and bark at other dogs from 30+ feet away and his leash reactivity continued to get worse. We took over 25 classes at the local humane society to no avail. Fast forward to the end of his Pavlov board & train - we can now go on hour-long walks in well-trafficked areas without any outbursts. It is such a relief to finally be able to bring him with me on hikes and daily outings. Beyond teaching my dog how to behave appropriately, Meredith has taught me how to be his advocate and help him succeed. I cannot recommend Pavlov enough!
03:15 03 Oct 22
If you're on the fence about a board and train program, don't be! Take advantage of having a great trainer like Meredith to guide your pup. She took our rambunctious puppy, Dottie, for two weeks and churned out a confident and obedient off leash trail buddy. We love going on hikes with Dottie now, all thanks to Meredith. Can't recommend Pavlov enough!
12:31 15 Sep 22
Meredith was great! There is a huge difference in my dogs behavior after the training and she gave me the tools to be able to maintain it. We tried another board and train previously and it was not nearly as successful. I am very glad we did this training, it's definitely worth it. I wish we would have done it sooner.
18:27 09 Sep 22
Meradeth has turned our crazy, jumping, nipping, chewing little Lab Gabby, into a listening, happy, no-nipping-chewing-jumping sweet heart of a puppy!Meradeth has a very calm and caring disposition that the dogs pick up on.Our crazy little one was afraid of her own face, but when we handed her to Meradeth she was off and ready, with no hesitation!We could not be more impressed!!Thank you very much Meradeth, we look forward to more.CS & WL
16:59 09 Sep 22
Meredith was amazing. We did the two week board and train. It helped me love my pups so much more. After two weeks with Meredith my dogs now walk next to me on the leash, they ignore oncoming dogs! No reactivity. They have great leash skills now. I couldn't leave them at home because of their barking, and now after two weeks and our follow up sessions, I can leave the dogs on the porch or out back and they say hi to the neighbors, but no incessant barking! It was super worth it. Would highly recommend!
16:55 09 Sep 22
Meredith is an amazing dog trainer! She worked with our dog, Butters, for two weeks and he returned a different dog. She has a great way with dogs and was able to coach us owners as well. I recommend Meredith to anyone who wants results in the Portland area!
15:57 09 Aug 22
Sophia was such a dream to work with when training my new puppy. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and at a loss as to what the best methods and place would be to go, I reached out to a friend who had also recently got a puppy. He recommended Sophia and I couldn't be more thankful that he did. In only 5 sessions, I was amazed to see the positive behavior and growth in my puppy. She went from being terrified to walking down the sidewalk on a leash to loving every moment of it, waits patiently for food instead of rushing in, among many other things! I highly recommend Sophia if you are looking to train your pup!
02:14 22 Jul 22
I have a one year old pug who has more energy than I could have ever anticipated. Prior to training with Sophia, I was starting to feel worn out and could tell bubba (my pug) and I were having some friction and at a loss for how to curb some behaviors. So I reached out to go through Obedience 1.How present, communicative and quick Sophia began to work actually blew my mind. Her care she exudes and the structure she built between bubba and I has left a life long impression! Not only do bubba and I feel like the bond is deeper, we also have a better understanding of our roles in each others lives! What a night and day difference in his behaviors. I truly recommend this program and will continue to use the training for time to come.
02:37 19 Jul 22
We have a Mini Schnauzer that we think is near perfect …with the exception of when you put her on a leash. She is super reactive to just about everything outside, and has been since day one. We tried a number of training classes for reactivity, but nothing seemed to stick. A friend suggested Pavlov’s. From our onboarding conversation to our first meeting with Sophia, we have experienced nothing but professionalism, support and fantastic insight.We did a 5 class private training. Sophia is so knowledgeable and was able to give us some great tools on how to approach our dog’s reactivity triggers while also establishing a foundation for working with her on a leash.We are much more relaxed when we are walking her now because she is more focused on us instead of the crows, leaves, people, and other dogs, etc. One day soon, we hope to be able to bring her to a brewery or cafe with ease.We know our dog is a work in progress and we continue to train and put a lot of effort into her everyday life. We are so happy we found Sophia at Pavlov’s- we truly recommend.
21:26 14 Jul 22
Meredith was great to work with! My 2 year old golden retriever attended the board and train program. My dog has learned many skills which have greatly improved our lives including walking in a heel, sit and stay for long periods, and general manners which has enabled us to go on peaceful walks and enjoy public spaces like parks and beaches. Meredith was super responsive and sent regular updates during the board and train, and has taught me a lot in the at home training sessions.
04:15 13 Jul 22
Sophia was amazingly helpful and super informative. 👍🏻 She helped us out with some reactive issues our dog Leon had been struggling with for the past few years. In just a few short weeks, we have seen great improvement! We are now well on our way to being able to walk confidently on and off leash with Leon. Thank you so much Sophia. 🙏🏻💫
03:01 12 Jul 22
Meredith was an absolute joy to work with. We worked with her through a board and train program to focus on our dog’s reactivity and anxiety in public settings. Six months ago, I would have said going to a store or an outdoor restaurant would never happen. Now we frequent public places and love going out for coffee. Walking her is no longer dreaded, but something I look forward to and all the compliments on the way I have Meredith to thank.
00:12 12 Jul 22
We are over-the-moon thrilled with Meredith from Pavlov Dog Training. Our high-energy, athletic, hilarious, part Australian Retriever, 1 year old grand-dog, Nitro, came to stay with us for a while but we quickly realized some training was in order. Walks were not fun for him or us (he was very pully and bouncy during walks), his house manners needed some work (including barking at all the things), and he was anxious around new people. We looked at Pavlov's site, reviews, and training philosophy and decided to enroll him the the Board and Train On-Lease Obedience camp. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! After only two weeks of training, Nitro is now a calm and polite walker and we both now enjoy nice long walks every day. He also now has great house manners! Meredith was able to do all of this AND allow Nitro to keep his hilarious personality. Meredith has been wonderful to work with and is really good at explaining each command and how and when to use each command. The follow up trainings with Meredith after camp have been extremely helpful to solidify his training. After his final follow-up training, Nitro was able to go to a busy park with lots of runners, bicyclists, walkers, and dogs and he did so well remaining calm and polite. We were so happy with the training we decided to book Nitro for the Board and Train 2 Off-Leash camp later this month. We couldn't recommend Pavlov or Meredith enough! Her experience with training is extraordinary - a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend!
20:17 09 Jul 22
Sophia is fantastic! She’s patient, has a great sense of humor and speaks dog fluently. She helped us understand how to train the communicate with our puppy, and continues to be a great resource.
23:34 04 Jul 22
My dog has completely turned herself around since her board and train with Meredith. She went from headstrong and reactive to completely calm and relaxed even in stressful situations. Her improved recall has already saved her from disaster once. We're both so much happier now. Thank you, Meredith!
22:53 29 Jun 22
Sophia, was extremely helpful with training our puppy. We communicate so much better now with our dog and were able to work through some challenging behaviors. Sophia was very professional and quickly understood our needs. Training sessions were never overwhelming and we always felt like we had all the tools we needed to practice the skills she taught us. Completely worth the investment. We could not recommend Sophia, more!
03:05 26 Jun 22
Sophia is a fantastic dog trainer. Very professional and knowledgeable about dog behaviors, psychology and training methods. Communicates very clearly & confidently. The 5 lessons we had made a huge difference for both our 1 year old aussie mix and 11 year old labradoodle. Can’t imagine you could find a better trainer in Portland.
01:25 05 Jun 22
Meredith has been a fantastic trainer for my dog, Diego. I signed up for the board and train as he was a rescue who had a lot of reactivity/anxiety issues. She did an amazing job and gave him all the tools to succeed. I could not have asked for a better experience. Diego took a complete 180 and now feels relaxed and comfortable in any environment. She also made sure to check in and provide additional 1-1 training after to continue his amazing success. I recommend Meredith and Pavlov dog training to anyone. They are extremely attentive and have been responsive every step of the way.
02:42 02 Jun 22
Sophia was such an excellent trainer for our cavapoo puppy, Momo. In just 5 sessions she gave us the education, tips and tricks to set us up for success. She is extremely knowledgeable, reliable, and catered to our apartment living situation and our dog’s specific breed. In addition, she even included our other dog, Archie, in much of the training exercises as he is a little out of practice. We highly recommend Sophia to anyone looking for dog trainers in and around Portland, OR.
22:28 26 May 22
Sophia is a tremendous dog trainer. We discussed our dogs issues and what we wanted to focus on and she planned out the sessions to accomplish our goals. Our dog, Ozzy, needed some work with reactive barking, walking on a leash, listening to us when excited, etc. Sophia gave us commands, actions, and training to do to teach the dog how we wanted him to behave. She layered the training so the dog could learn fully and then build on his new behaviors. We are more than pleased with the results with Ozzy and would eagerly recommend Sophia for any dog training.
00:41 20 May 22
Working with Meredith was the best. We had a 9 month old "pushy puppy" that I needed some help with. Crosby is very smart but he needed just that little touch that Meredith could give him so he could be his best boy self. I have never done a board & train before, but this definitely helped speed the training process along so we could enjoy the rest of our time with Crosby. I am working hard to keep all the training up to snuff and know that I can give a shout out to Meredith if an issue pops up. For now, we have a happy, smart, 10 month old puppy that has great recall, stay, and can walk on a leash or off leash. Amazing. I highly recommend using Pavlov/Meredith to help you if you want your dog to be his/her self and live in harmony with the family. We are truly amazed at how much Crosby was able to absorb and retain in such a short amount of time. Maybe I get a little sister puppy for Crosby now that he can be the best dog brother and have a playmate all the time.
18:10 02 May 22
Sophia was a wonderful dog trainer! She had extensive knowledge about my dog’s breed and really cared about his progress in training. She helped me understand how to train my dog and why we train him the way that we do. She has great analogies to help me understand my dogs behaviors and has easy ways to correct his unwanted behaviors. I highly recommend PAVLOV training to anyone with a pup at any obedience/training level, as she meets you where you are in your training and creates training sessions that are focused on what you and your dog want/need. Thanks Sophia! -Obi & Rachel
14:00 30 Apr 22
Sophia is absolutely amazing! She is so patient and really tailors every lesson to your dogs needs. She’ll answer questions via text in between sessions and even after training is complete. Definitely feel like she empowered me and helped me gain the confidence to work as a team with my dog. Thank you!
18:15 18 Apr 22
Sophia was amazing in turning our cute little land-shark into a well behaved puppy. Sophia is supportive, communicative and able to work around our erratic schedule. She does a great job of explaining things so we understand what is driving our puppy’s behaviors and allowed us to become better at training her. We highly recommend Sophia!
03:02 25 Mar 22
When we first brought our dog home he was a wild man. I knew pretty quickly we were going to need some help. On a recommendation from someone we trust we called Pavlov Dog Training. After our first session with Sophia I already felt an incredible sense of relief. She helped us gain better understanding of why dogs act certin ways and thus how to modify their and our behaviors. Her knowledge of different breeds is incredible and really allows her to tailor the training and recommendations for your dog. If you're looking for a trainer you will not regret calling Pavlov.
23:34 22 Mar 22
I am amazed at how quickly my dog turned around after working with Sophia. My 12-month-old Airedale terrier could not walk on a leash around other dogs. He would jump and bark and growl and just scare everybody. But Sophia wasn’t scared. In just a few sessions she taught us how to communicate with our pup. She did it with insight, intelligence, and love. We can now walk confidently around our neighborhood with no drama, and our dog is having a great time. We also learned valuable skills related to recall and door manners. We are leaving with a skillset that will enable us to continue to build our relationship with our dog and a suite of skills that will help him be a good citizen in the world. We are so grateful for Sophia’s expertise and energy!
03:42 21 Mar 22
Sophia was an amazing help for us with our 6 month old puppy. He started out knowing basically nothing, and by the end of our sessions he had all the basics down. But more importantly, we felt like she gave US the knowledge and ability to do more with him in the future. In many ways she taught us as much as she taught him, truly helpful! Our dog was also a very scared and shy guy, but she had techniques for that as well and it wasn’t a hindrance at all. We were incredibly thankful for everything Sophia did for us.There’s no one else you need to consider if you’re thinking about getting some lessons in for your dog, Sophia is the one!
22:49 22 Feb 22
Sophia is an amazing dog trainer. She is alone to teach humans how to communicate successfully with canines. She is also a great listener customizing the lessons to work on what will actually make a difference in your life. And when your pet behaves the way you want; you end up loving them more and isn’t that the point?
00:59 15 Feb 22
Working with Sophia was an absolute game-changer. We'd tried various private and group classes for our sweet, stubborn terrier puppy, but with Sophia's lessons, we made real and measurable progress from the start. Sophia's training method is highly structured, clear and specific, and she assigns homework practice that is fun and feels like a game to play with your pup. She's incredibly professional, warm and knowledgeable - we enjoyed working with her enormously. 14/10 highly recommend!
21:54 31 Jan 22
Investing in professional dog training is the best pet decision we ever made. We have had dogs in the past but no experience with training, so when the anxiety of adopting a new pup stacked up we opted to seek some help. Sophia's approach is incredibly effective and efficient, with a solid base structure but also tailored to your specific needs. Within just a couple of sessions we had our new pooch well on his way to name recognition and learning basic control and commands. We were completely satisfied with the services and results even before we wrapped up our program, I can't recommend Sophia enough!
22:25 22 Jan 22
Sophia is an absolutely phenomenal trainer with an expansive wealth of knowledge of all things dog! I adopted my rescue puppy Dune, a Australian Shepherd x Terrier x Husky (this part was a recent surprise!) mix when he was about 9 weeks old. Dune is admittedly my first dog, and being such an intelligent, hyperactive breed, it was very important to me to get his training started early and get it done RIGHT. We started training with Sophia at about 13 weeks through the Puppy Obedience program. She helped us with the basic commands, curbing the start of separation anxiety (he wouldn't let me leave him for more than 2 minutes at a time without upsetting the neighbors) and walking POLITELY on his leash. A lot of people had said to me that starting him so young may prove pointless because after all, he's just a puppy! Sophia's training proves all of them wrong. She is warm and pleasant, has a great laugh, speaks in a way that is easy to understand and is always happy to explain more if you don't. We have a LOT of fun, and get a lot accomplished, but she definitely means business, and that business produces the desired results! I now have a 5 month old puppy who gets compliments on the daily for how well he behaves. He sits, he stays, he "parks it" until I say so, he comes when I call his name, and comes IMMEDIATELY EVERY TIME when I give him his recall command. He walks very well on a leash, and gives me more and more slack with it every day it seems. I cannot praise her highly enough for the tool set that she has given me and my new best friend and would recommend her to everyone. Thank you SO MUCH Sophia, looking forward to keeping in touch about progress!
00:46 15 Jan 22
We absolutely loved working with Sophia to train our puppy! As first time dog owners we had no idea where to start in the training process. Sophia was wonderful and walked us through everything, answered all of our questions and gave us the skills we needed to train confidently! Can't recommend her highly enough!
05:31 09 Jan 22
Our trainer Sophia was super helpful! She gave us quick and effective lessons, also letting us text/call her directly with any questions whenever they came up. Our dog Lula is much calmer and we are much more confident with her now. Highly recommend this dog training service!
14:43 27 Dec 21
Sophia was amazing! She helped us tremendously, not only in training our dog but also gain confidence with her. She is super responsive and is on your team, which is exactly what we needed. Thank you so much to Pavlov. Definitely recommend them to anyone in need of some help!
02:08 06 Dec 21
Sophia was amazing and helped us understand our puppy's behavior. I recommend Sophia and Pavlov Dog Training without any reservations.
00:41 04 Dec 21
Sophia was an absolute joy to work with! She was very knowledgeable, accommodating, and patient with us in helping our little frenchies learn some basic and fundamental habits. These skills will help us in years to come which makes her guidance invaluable! Highly recommend!!!
17:40 28 Nov 21
Sophia is a delight and provided us with easy but effective techniques that worked like magic. Our 1.5 year old dog Ginger only knew how to sit. Now she is learning how to ‘park it’ in one spot, keep her paws off tables and countertops, always come when called, walk without pulling, not run out the door, and more. Sophia was a pleasure to have in our house (always wore a mask) and was completely non-judgemental and positive, no matter how much we did or didn’t practice between sessions. She clearly loves dogs and teaching. And once she has trained with you, you can text her questions forever.
02:04 08 Nov 21
Can’t recommend Sophia highly enough! Both of us (humans) and Ruby (puppy) looked forward to our sessions. Ruby LOVES training.Sophia taught us principles that enabled us to manage and implement our own rules — with absolutely no judgement about what rules we wanted to implement.Most helpful was the idea of boundaries by situation. There are indoor manners, yard manners, manners on leash and manners off leash — we have to teach her what they are!Working with Sophia gave us a much happier, more well behaved puppy — but even more so, we have tools to continue her training and to teach her the manners that make all of us happy.
00:45 06 Nov 21
Sophia was very good with my dog who was overwhelmed after moving to a busy dog friendly apartment building. We had five private sessions and we are now getting compliments on how well trained he is from strangers 🙂 she's super responsive and is a very creative and effective problem solver. My dog was always happy to see her too!
23:38 23 Oct 21
Sophia is a highly skilled and insightful trainer, who brings a broad range of strategies and tools to work uniquely with each dog. She was a huge help with our Brittany’s leash manners and recall. It’s obvious how much she loves the work, and she and her colleagues are super-professional and reliable. Highly recommend!
19:54 25 Sep 21
I would suggest Pavlov dog training and Sophia, our trainer, a million times to anyone who would listen! They come to your house, are affordable and offer great training tips that work! Sophia is a fireball who will tell you everything you need to know and make you laugh. She seems like she'd be cool to hang out with. Our dog loved her and she gave lots of practical tips and different ways of going about things in case one didn't work. Plus, she still answers questions for us even after our training sessions were finished. We will be doing the Obedience 2 training for our dog as soon as we can!
04:14 24 Sep 21
I can’t recommend Sophia highly enough. In just 5 training sessions, she totally changed our relationship with our dog, Robbie. We had been having trouble with Robbie barking like crazy and growling whenever people approached our house. He made visitors feel very unwelcome! He also ran off after squirrels and seemed to go completely deaf to our calls in those moments. Sophia taught us how to communicate with Robbie so that he could understand what we wanted and consistently respond to our commands. We used a combination of treats, praise, disincentives (like getting sprayed with a spray bottle), and the electric collar.About the electric collar: I was very hesitant to use it. I incorrectly thought that it is used to shock the dog when they do something wrong. Instead, it’s used as a communication tool- like tapping the dog on the shoulder to say “hey- I’m talking to you!” Robbie doesn’t mind it at all, and the benefit of having clearer communication with him is immense. It profoundly changed our relationship.Now we feel more comfortable and relaxed around Robbie, and we are definitely more in tune with each other. I’m no longer anxious about him scaring people who come to our front door. I don’t have to worry about him running across a park to get at a squirrel. I’m enjoying being around him so much, whereas before he was feeling like a real handful at times. Thank you, Sophia! You are such a pro. We feel lucky to have found you.
17:29 22 Sep 21
This is my first time owning a puppy and Sophia was such a wonderful trainer to work with. She equipped my family with the tools we needed and always answered all our questions. We now have a wonderfully trained puppy. If anyone is looking a someone to help them with training I would highly recommend Sophia.
21:33 13 Sep 21
We had a wonderful experience with Sophia as our trainer, she is truly gifted with dogs. She has practical training techniques and was able to arm us with the tools we needed to train our puppy. After the first training session we saw a huge improvement in our puppy’s ability to listen to our commands. Not only was she amazing with our dog, but she was also really great about including our young daughter in our training sessions. She is dedicated and compassionate about helping your pet become a better member of your family. We highly recommend Sophia and Pavlov Dog Training.
01:14 05 Sep 21
In just five short lessons, Sophia helped us completely transform our sweet but undisciplined one year old yellow lab, Rooney. Before Sophia, Rooney jumped on people, counter surfed endlessly, pulled hard for every second of every walk, and ignored most of our commands. After Sophia, Rooney is another puppy entirely. She no longer jumps on people (she patiently waits in the hall for her command to come say hi), she doesn't counter surf (she waits patiently in her special spot for treats), and her leash manners are incredible (even off-leash). For the first time in her life, she even drops the ball when I tell her to!Most importantly, Sophia gave my wife and I lots of tools to continue growing Rooney's ability to follow commands and behave politely. We cannot recommend her enough! If you have an untrained dog or even a dog that wasn't properly trained by other trainers, you need to give Sophia a call.
21:02 23 Aug 21
We had great results from the Leash Drama Program with Sophia. Our 5yo German Shepherd, Porter, had been reactive to other dogs for years, making it really difficult to take him on walks in the city and we were reluctant to take him anywhere other dogs might be. We have tried a couple different trainers with no luck.The e-collar work we learned from Sophia is the only thing that has worked thus far, and Porter has had incredible improvement! His overall reactivity in all aspects has improved (on walks, in the car, in the yard, people knocking). We are now comfortable taking him to crowded parks, and I can walk him on my own knowing I have the tools to control and communicate with him when he is triggered. The tools and structure we learned from Sophia have been a game changer, and we highly recommend her services!
Caiden R. M.
18:23 21 Aug 21
Sophia is great! Knowledgeable and passionate about her work and dogs. Also, as an educator, I work with a range of students and there is a select small number of folks who are very clearly life long learners and wanting to excel in all that they do and Sophia is one of those people. We have worked with other dog trainers who are fine trainers, but Sophia is excellent. If you need help with your dog and you are debating training or just want a top-notch trainer, Sophia is a great choice and you will be so glad you did.
17:14 20 Aug 21
Highly highly recommend Sophia for your dog training needs! She was recommended through my friend with a puppy, so I decided to start mine at 8 weeks on the puppy 5 class program. I was feeling super anxious in the beginning being a first time puppy parent doing it on my own. Sophia relieved that anxiety and I always felt supported even if we weren’t in a session! She’s always a text away if you have questions or concerns. I live in an apartment so that had some unique concerns and specific training opportunities that she helped me with! I can’t tell you how much my puppy has benefited from her training. She loves when Sophia comes over and she responds so well to her training techniques. I’ll be forever grateful for these training sessions and I value all the tools I’ve learned so she can be a great member of society 💗
00:10 16 Aug 21
We could not have been happier with Sophia from PAVLOV Dog Training. She was nice and helpful, and had actionable items for us to practice every week. Before we started training with Sophia, we had been struggling with training our Shih Tzu puppy, Pidge. We were finding it overwhelming trying to decide how to tackle the training on our own, especially with so many different methods of training out there. While Sophia clearly has a well thought out schedule she follows, the 1:1 also allowed the content to be tailored specifically to our pup and any issues we were having. Sophia was also available via text whenever we had questions throughout the week, which helped us to be able to adjust our training between sessions when needed. I could not recommend this company's services enough.
01:16 04 Aug 21
Sophia was an absolute gem to work with!We started with our 7-m.o. pup, Finnegan, who was tough on a leash, struggling with occasional indoor peeing, and overall dismal house manners. With the help of Sophia's expertise level of knowledge and care, we can now enjoy long walks through the neighborhood, to cafes, and public parks (not dog parks.) Finn's house manners went from zero to eighty, which is mostly the homework of us humans, and we're excited to continue a solid relationship with a trainer who we can trust and admire.
15:41 02 Aug 21
Magical, marvelous, wonderful! We cannot say enough to express how grateful we are that we found Sophia and Pavlov Dog Training! This summer my partner and I got ourselves an awesome little addition to our family, a black German Shepard we named Lupo, and he was a bit more than we had initially bargained for. As cute as he is, we started our journey with constant nipping and biting, a wondrous dislike for our kennel, and a less than favorable walking etiquette. Not to mention we have a 14yr old Pup who wasn't exactly stoked on the new dude.In need of some training ourselves, we reached out to Pavlov and got some training sessions set up! Sophia came to the rescue and was nothing short of AMAZING! Not only was she kind, knowledgeable, and a blast to work with, she really got to know Lupo and adjusted to his personality for the best methods possible. After ONE session we saw a huge difference in Lupo's behavior. We were given the tools to curb the nipping and biting, we sleep and chill in our kennel with almost no issues, we know several commands, and we walk like a true gentleman! She even helped us navigate around our existing older dog, Otti.If you are looking to truly enrich the life of you and your pup, We highly suggest Sophia and Pavlov Dog Training. We couldn't be happier dog Moms!
15:57 24 Jul 21
Sophia is amazing. We did a lot of research and met a few dog trainers before we came across Sophia and we’re so happy we found her. Sophia helped us get our yellow lab puppy Stella a good foundation for manners and commands. By the end of our puppy training Stella knew her name when called, had mastered a variety of commands and is a pro on the leash and never pulls us! We look forward to continuing training with her as needed in the future. If you’re looking for help with your dog Sophia is who you want! Look no further even if there’s a wait, she well worth it!
05:04 21 Jul 21
Sophia is amazing! We did the 5 session package with our 7 year old, leash reactive dog, Chance. We adopted him a few months prior to meeting Sophia. We saw a dog trainer once before that literally just read from internet printouts during our $95 session, so we were hesitant to invest money again in another trainer.Sophia first helped us establish some foundational commands & routines in the house, before taking the sessions outdoors. Chance was already pretty well behaved inside but everything she taught us ended up being really helpful (place command, crate training/separation anxiety tricks, etc) and helped us strengthen our relationship with our dog and his trust in us. Sophia isn’t a one size fits all trainer, and we appreciated that she had a plan b and plan c for every training. If something wasn’t working, she’d offer an alternative. In each session, Sophia would demonstrate how to do everything and then would walk us through how to do it on our own. She was available via text and phone in between sessions and was super responsive with any questions we had! After a few days of walking with our new collars, our dog’s behavior outdoors was noticeably calmer, and his reactions became less intense. We now feel much more confident on walks and in our building. Chance will probably always anxious or overly excited in some situations, but his reactions to dogs, people, buses, etc have reduced by probably 75%, and we now know how to better manage the 25%, which is life changing! During the last session we worked on recall with a long lead, and are excited to keep his training up.We’d recommend Sophia to anyone with any goal or issue. She is super knowledgable on behavior, training and tools, and really understands and loves dogs. We would work with her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Sophia!!!!
17:51 20 Jul 21
I really can’t sing my praise for Sophia at Pavlov Dog zloud enough. I booked five private sessions for my labradoodle puppy Wolf. He isn’t gonna find an error on my tax return or make a meatloaf from scratch but he is definitely gonna come when he is called, not jump on people when they walk in the door, walk on a leash like a gentleman and stay when I ask him to. We had specific goals and they were all met. She is so kind and funny, Wolf responded really well to her and she taught me so many tools that will carry us into the future. He is still a total floopy weird beard goof ball, but I didn’t want to train the silly weirdo out of him. Goal exceeded.
15:17 28 Jun 21
We bought a puppy 4 mos ago and introduced her to training and meeting other dogs. She was terrified of people, dogs, and unfamiliar places. We were told she was "special" and that her breed is outgoing, confident, and seeks out attention-our dog wasn't like that, and probably never will be.We were still frustrated by our puppy's behaviors: jumping up, counter surfing, lack of potty training, and any real discipline, we sought help from Pavlov's Dog (clever name). ;)We were introduced to our new trainer, Sophia, and now our puppy is WAY more loving, confident, and the negative behaviors have been corrected. Sophia is funny, smart, professional, and brought out the confident, loving puppy we knew was in there.Please do not hesitate to contact Pavlov's. We're very proud of our dog and the progress she's made!!
02:02 28 Jun 21
Our puppy was not even potty trained when we first introduced her to Sophia at Pavlov Dog Training. Now she lets us know when she has to go outside and because of this has gained confidence. She also could barely walk on a leash or go very far outside. Now she strides through the neighborhood and loves going to the dog park. She's learned so much and absolutely LOVES Sophia! I highly recommend this as a training tool especially if you have a puppy. You won't be disappointed, money well spent!
23:27 12 Jun 21
Really can’t say enough good things about Pavlov. Our trainer, Sophia, was super friendly, kind to us, our 3 year old, and our dog just adores her. She was very efficient and got our dog trained up in only 5 sessions. We have a 9 month old Lab Border Collie mix who is just a complete handful. Sophia helped us work with him and curb all the bad behaviors we were seeing. He comes when called, doesn’t jump on people, walks off leash, and can sit & stay when needed. The photo of him curled up on someone’s feet is him greeting her at the third lesson.
22:04 09 Jun 21
This is the dog trainer you want. It is worth every penny. Sophia is very knowledgeable and so nice! Our dog Ruger made great progress and we learned so much. We couldn’t be happier and highly recommend her and Pavlov! Seriously stop looking you have found your dog trainer!
03:40 06 Jun 21
From a month ago to this first day of training has been awesome communication experience. I really do think Sophia is a dog whisperer lol. My 8 month old Lab/Akita mix is a brut. And he was on his best behavior around her. A little jealous to say the least! Looking forwardfpr what is to come! Worth the money. A lot more expensive than your average petsmart, but worth every dime for indivual training in your home environment.
18:01 05 Jun 21
Sophia at Pavlov is amazing! I chose to have 5 in home puppy training sessions with my Australian Shepherd and I've learned so much! He is my first dog and she provided me with so much useful information and what to expect as a first time dog owner. My dog is more confident and we now have a great foundation to work on. She was able to cater each session to my dog and find approaches that he could easily pick up on. She is a wonderful resource and I plan on booking more sessions in the future. I highly recommend Pavlov!
21:03 20 May 21
From the start, I could tell that Sophia’s energy and knowledge would be a great fit for my family. We decided that a trainer would not be training our golden retriever puppy, but would be training our family of 5 on how best to anticipate the emotional growth of our new puppy- Molly. Sophia had so many tips and tricks along with a carefully planned out course of training, that we have been able to follow the plan as Molly grew. She even was able to help us with our 8 year old-stuck-in-his-ways dog! Quickly replying to our text questions, Sophia guided us in between the sessions to help as life happens. We still have 1 session left on hold, per Sophia’s recommendation, to let Molly get to the “teen years” and refresh the training once Molly has matured a little more. The suggested products have been spot on- training collar, toys, and yard protection all have worked as she said. I would highly recommend Sophia and Pavlov Dog Training Portland to help families get on the same page for proper training.
20:55 16 May 21
Sophia is magical! Not only did she help us get our golden puppy on track she gave us so many tips for our older dog as well. She's prompt, communicative, a joy to be around and truly knows her stuff.
18:30 03 May 21
Hiring Sophia was the best thing we could have done after getting a puppy! She is so knowledgeable and responsive. She helped us with basic training for our puppy, that she tailored to fit his needs. She not only helps train your dog, but she helps you as the dog owner to understand how to work with your dog to gain trust and their obedience. Do not even hesitate about hiring her - she has helped us turn our pup into a well-behaved and well-mannered boy!
02:25 30 Apr 21
We used the Board and Train 2 week program with Tanya and Ron. Our puppy was sweet but stubborn- nipping, potty in the apartment, lunging on his leash. We brought him at 6 months, and he came home sweet, eager to please and so much more content. We fell in love with him all over again. Tanya and Ron are the real professionals you want. We plan to go to off leash advanced camp when he is a little older.
19:41 29 Apr 21
I can’t thank Sophia enough for helping me training my dog Didion. As a energetic one year-old Portuguese Water Dog he was running the show and destroying my house and patience! Sophie quickly assessed the situation, tailored the training to fit what Didion needed, and in just three sessions I have a completely different dog and feel equipped to tackle any situation. Thank you!
01:44 25 Apr 21
Jax is the highlight of our lives! Loves his family with everything he has, But he has not liked strangers. Lunged barked growled. He was always so anxious. Well choosing PAVLOV was the best decision we have ever made. I’m proud to say that our jaxy walked through the store today without even the slightest of growls, he stayed when we asked him to, and even said hello to a little girl! Also made it the whole car ride without getting car sick. Sophia is amazing she knew exactly what would work for our puppy and made it all seem effortless. She truly knows what she is doing. My dog mom heart is so happy ❤️ Thank you times a million to Sophia at PAVLOV dog training in Portland. I could never thank you enough!
20:59 17 Apr 21
Working with Pavlov dog training and our trainer Sophia is the best decision we’ve made since getting our pooch, Bella. They helped us build a strong foundation of behavior and gave us all of the tools we need to be successful. Example: Bella went from being a land shark to a girl with good mouth manners within a week after our first training session with Sophia. The puppy package was exactly what we needed and we are so happy to have chosen Pavlov and Sophia (after much research). Sophia tailors her approach to a given dog, and pays attention to what works/doesn’t for your dog’s personality and lifestyle. 100% recommend
00:36 07 Apr 21
Sophia is THE best. When I brought home a puppy earlier this year it took me two whole days to feel like I was in over my head. I needed help teaching the pup some better manners and I didn’t know how to effectively do that. A tired and teary Google search led to me Pavlov Dog Training and two days later Sophia was at my house saving my life. She taught my dog some basic skills that helped immensely. Within minutes I had a better behaved 8 week old puppy and raising and managing this little thing all day every day was made that much easier thanks to her! The following sessions we very helpful as well and my dog knows some very useful commands, my favorite being the one where he sits on his bed while eat dinner so I can enjoy a moment to myself! Sophia is very responsive in between sessions and answers any and all questions you might have. She also has plenty of alternative training methods/options if your dog isn’t really responding to one particular method. Additionally she’s a lot a fun, so training your dog is an all around good time! ALSO, I really liked that she comes to your home vs. group training or online training. 10/10! Definitely recommend!!
04:38 04 Apr 21
Sophia is an incredibly gifted dog trainer. She is very knowledgeable about dog behavior, how to best communicate with your dog, and training. I really like how she customizes the sessions rather than using a cookie cutter approach. She uses interventions which are tailored to the unique personality of the dog. She packs so much into each session and welcomes you to text her in between sessions with any questions that come up. She worked with my puppy for one month and I was absolutely astounded at how much progress my pup made in such a short amount of time! I am extremely grateful for Sophia and highly recommend her. She is worth every penny.
23:01 30 Mar 21
Zenon & i just finished our last lesson with Sophia and i *had* to come and leave a gushing review about my incredible experience. I could write a whole novel about what an amazing human & trainer Sophia is but I will try my best to keep this short & sweet. My dog Zenon is a GSD that i recently adopted ~ she came from an abusive home so she had some issues including "stranger danger" and "leash drama"/ dog reactivity. Sophia did a wonderful job working with us over a 5 week program and by our last lesson we were able to walk through a busy park with dogs, kids, skateboarders, etc. with zero issues ~ it was amazing to see my dog so calm & happy with so much going on around her! Sophia was so thorough with her training & her recommendations and she was always available via phone/text if i ever needed info or advice. Sophia gave zenon & i a wonderful foundation of training techniques & knowledge that i am excited to keep building on. With the weekly training sessions & doing my due diligence being consistent with the weekly homework i have seen an amazing improvement in zenon's behaviour & in our personal bond in general. This training has really opened up so many possibilities & opportunities for zenon to live her best doggy life and be able to enjoy all the things like parks, walks, and more! As a woman it was also very important & very empowering to me that Pavlov is woman owned & operated ~ just knowing that we as women are strong & fully capable of being in control & having a well trained large breed dog is a wonderful & powerful feeling. I am so so so incredibly grateful to Sophia & Pavlov Dog Training I literally cannot put into words exactly how thankful i am or how much this has improved our lives. Thank you SO MUCH Sophia for believing in us & helping us to achieve our training goals! If you are wondering whether or not to book training with Pavlov don't hesitate just do it you will not be disappointed!
00:22 22 Mar 21
I’ve had dogs, cats, horses, and mules my whole life and feel confident around many animals but even I know when it’s time for some guidance/input from someone experienced in all sorts of personalities & behaviors (both people & dogs). Our 1.5 year old rescue dog, Bonnie, came to us as a 70lb very sweet but insecure cuddle bug. Things we were originally concerned with (like getting along with our senior cat) quickly melted away but other concerns that we hadn’t thought about (like leash/fence reactivity with other dogs) popped up. Bonnie wasn’t making a good first impression with the neighbor dogs/people, I was feeling intimidated by her reactions combined with size, and my 13yo kid was yearning for some independence with his new buddy but knew he couldn’t physically control her in a reactive situation.Sophia helped us help Bonnie acclimate to her new life here while setting up good expectations, boundaries, and trust in each other. The instructions and tools she gave us were very clear and flexible to ours/Bonnie’s needs and goals. Sophia has been wonderful at listening to our concerns, questions, and status updates and explaining things in an understandable way, especially to my son, as well as celebrating the good stuff with us! She’s also always been accessible and responsive outside of sessions.I definitely recommend Sophia to anyone needing help with the basics or specific behavior issues whether a puppy or a dog that’s just new to you (which sometimes is trickier since you don’t always know what trauma/bad habits they come with) and whether you’re new to owning dogs or an experienced owner needing refresher, new ideas, or help addressing something outside your comfort zone!
02:00 21 Mar 21
I cannot say enough good things about Sophia! I have a 2 year old golden retriever who jumped and pulled every time we went out for walks. Sophia, on day one, helped us with leash walking and overnight her tips and training worked. Sophia checked in between sessions and gave great support at all times.She is so easy to talk to and work with, I would recommend her to anyone.
00:43 21 Mar 21
Sophia was amazing to work with. She helped us master and refine our pup’s manners, allowing us to gain confidence in off leash recall and enjoy our newly calm walks (with no leash pulling)! Would 110% recommend working with Sophia for any dog training needs 🙂
07:19 06 Mar 21
We got in touch with Sophia after we adopted a four year old Boston Terrier, Louie, from a puppy farm, and had no idea how to train him. Literally, he’d never been on a leash, or gone potty outside and was scared of everything. Sophias training is structured well, and accommodated everything we wanted to achieve. Louie always had a great time and learned a lot of cool things. We can now leave the little fella at home without worrying about him and he’s really come out of his shell. He walks on a leash nicely, goes potty outside every time, sits patiently when asked to, comes when he’s called etc. we achieved everything we wanted! Thanks so much Sophia.
01:05 02 Mar 21
Sophia is the best! We got our 1 year old lab/whippet mix rescue in December and needed help quickly as she barely knew sit commands, let alone how to walk on a leash, and was chewing and digging. Now our little lady knows to sit, park it, not to chew/dig and is walking better on a leash (we still have some training to go!) all thanks Sophia's guidance. She has been wonderful, following up via text while we were working on our training homework each week and is still checking up now that our part 1 training is over. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for quality training and are looking forward to additional training as our pup grows.
15:33 23 Feb 21
If I could give Sophia 10 stars I would! She absolutely changed the trajectory of experience with our pup. From the first phone call to the last session she was warm and friendly, obviously an expert, and honestly just fun to chat with. Not only did her teaching style work for the four wildly variant humans in our house, it transformed our crazed baby alligator into a sweet good boi literally overnight. If you're on the fence, or even just getting started in your search for a dog trainer, search no more - you've found the best in Portland. Sophia is 10 out of 10, definitely recommend, all thumbs up.
03:49 03 Dec 20
Sophia is the puppy whisperer! After 1 session she had our family of 5 communicating with our feisty puppy Eddie in a way he immediately understood! She had the ability to teach each of us (including 3 teenagers) how and why we needed to be in charge. After our first session we had small tricks to use to establish what behavior was and wasn’t allowed and after the second session we had a whole new, responsive, respectful but still fun with a big personality puppy! He walks so nicely on his leash after a quick session. Our favorite command is “park-it” and we use it all the time. Sophia was such a huge help and we are grateful to our neighbors for recommending her and we would highly recommend her to anyone who needs help training a dog, young or old-she is fantastic!
21:35 02 Dec 20
We recently used PAVLOV dog training to train our daughters Husky/Australian Shepherd puppy. After one session we noticed a big difference. After 5, we had a well behaved very smart puppy. We also understood the needs of our puppy much better. Sofia answered all our questions and demonstrated the task for the week. She worked with Django until he followed the command and then assigned us homework for the week. PAVLOV absolutely knows dogs, their behaviors and how best to train even specific breeds but you have to do the homework. We’ve texted Sofia since we completed training to follow up with questions. She is quick to answer and makes everything so simple. She’s also enjoyable to work with. She has lots of anecdotes that make the learning process enjoyable. I highly recommend Pavlov Dog Training. We will absolutely use them again.
17:32 07 Nov 20
Sophia is such an incredible trainer! I adopted a one year old chihuahua/terrier mix over the summer, and while he is a sweet little guy, he was FEISTY! He was very reactive on leash, so walking him was always stressful. He would bark, growl, bite, lunge....everything that he wasn't supposed to do! I basically called Pavlov in tears because I was so overwhelmed and so worried that I would never be able to peacefully take my cute little pup for a walk!Not only did I see a dramatic improvement in how my dog behaved on leash after just one lesson with Sophia, but he also learns commands and tricks so much easier now because of the techniques Sophia taught me! Plus, Sophia is incredibly sweet! Both my dog and I enjoyed training with her so, so much! I cannot give any higher recommendation!
03:02 29 Oct 20
I could not recommend a better trainer than Sophia! We got a German Shepard for a family and therapy dog. I am a single mother and quadriplegic, so our circumstances were different and challenging but Sophia adapted our training to meet my physical needs while creating a great family training plan. She was fun, personable, and SO knowledgeable about dog training with all breeds and personalities. We will miss her in Colorado!
17:22 26 Oct 20
My husband and I had a wonderful time working with Sophia from PAVLOV. She taught us and our pup so many skills. Not only can we communicate effectively with our pup now, but we can have him off leash when we go hiking and camping (something we never thought would be possible!). We would highly recommend working with this team!