What types of dog training do you provide?
We offer basic puppy training, basic dog training, and rescue dog training.
For our basic puppy training, we can help you—and any family members living with you—prepare for the arrival of your new puppy. We'll cover how to potty train, how to help your puppy socialize, and how to teach basic puppy manners. As your puppy grows older and learns the basics, we'll continue to work with you on teaching commands, loose leash walking, staying in place when meeting new people and dogs, and recall training.
Once your dog is past the puppy stage, we help you find activities to keep your dog mentally stimulated while you're away, to help reduce stress and curb any chewing or barking behaviors.
Did you recently (within 60 days) adopt a new puppy or dog from a shelter? We can help with either basic puppy training (at a discounted rate for rescues) or with reinforcing previous training of an older adoptee. Thanks for rescuing a dog in need!
All training is offered one-on-one and in your home. During COVID-19, we are also offering remote training with guided help, worksheets, and visual demonstrations of training methods.
What areas do you service?
WindyWalksPDX is located in Southeast Portland.
Dog training is offered throughout most of the greater Portland area. Extended service areas are happily considered on a case-by-case basis. Additional mileage fees may apply.
What do you do, while in my home?
For dog training services, our first consultation consists of creating a customized learning plan for you and your dog. We provide hands-on assistance for you, your family, and your dog so that you fully understand how to best accomplish each progressive step in your dog's training process.
How long does training last?
Training should be a lifelong exercise for both you and your pup! However, it's most important to begin training and socialization with new puppies as soon as possible. While early training should be practiced daily, most pet parents will find that committing to at least one training session per week is sufficient.
When training to help curb undesireable behaviors (barking, jumping, not coming when called), it's important to consider the age and temperment of your dog. Training sessions with a trainer are simply a means to get proper training advice from the onset. If your schedule doesn't allow you to work daily with your dog, then you may want to schedule more sessions.
Are you licensed and insured?
Yes and yes! We are licensed in the state of Oregon, as well as registered within Portland and Multnomah County, to operate our business as "WindyWalksPDX, LLC." We are also insured through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC, to provide dog training, dog walking, and pet sitting services.
When is payment expected and how may I pay?
Payment is expected before services are provided. Service is only confirmed once you have received a final invoice/confirmation from us via email.
In the event of additional unforeseen costs (such as food, supplies, vet fees, etc.), payment is expected within 5 days of the completion of services, or a late charge of $20 will be applied.
We are able to accept cash, checks (made out to "WindyWalksPDX"), Venmo, and/or credit/debit cards (processed through Square invoicing).
Do you accept tips?
Absolutely not (but thank you for the offer). The standards to which we hold ourselves is very high. We don't want any of our clients to feel that they need to tip, to ensure their pets receive quality training. We will ALWAYS provide the *best* dog training services for our clients and their pets... without expecting gratuity.
How do I get started?
Please take a moment to fill out this online questionnaire. Once we've received your responses, we will reach out to you via email to schedule a free initial meet-and-greet.
What are your holiday fees?
Per visit, please add $5 for services requested on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
New Year's Eve
What are your operating hours?
Our normal operating hours are between 8AM and 8PM, 7 days per week. We'll work out a schedule that works best for your dog's training.
Do you keep my personal information private?
Yes! We recognize that your privacy is important to you and your family. We will not, at any time, either directly or indirectly, use any information for our own benefit, disclose, or communicate, in any manner, any information to any third party.
Do you offer any discounts?
We offer two types of discounts (and they may be used together) for our dog training services!
If you schedule in advance at least 4 consecutive (1x/week minimum) dog training sessions, we will offer 10% off our currently listed rates.
We also offer a 10% discount off your total bill, when services are paid with cash, check, or Venmo (for currently listed rates only).
What's the difference between loose leash walking and a casual puppy or dog walk?
Loose leash walking, also known as "heel," is a learned behavior—just like "sit," "down," or "stay." One-hour training walks are structured in such a way that puppies and dogs learn not to pull on the leash. They are also taught the command "break," which offers them a little bit more freedom during their walk, such as letting them use the bathroom, and "with me," which tells them to maintain at least a 6-foot proximity to me, but not necessarily in "heel" position. In short, training walks are exactly that... training!
During casual walks, puppies and dogs are given the freedom to walk, sniff, play, and potty at will. Casual walks are offered in 15-minute, 30-minute, 45-minute, and even 60-minute increments (for puppies and dogs that need a bit more exercise). Casual walks are the most common service for those who need daily walks and potty breaks for puppies and dogs that are left home alone during working hours. Please visit the
Dog Walking & Pet Care if you are in need of casual dog walks.