About Our Instructors
Our training classes are small, usually three to five dogs per class, so you and your pet get the benefit of personal attention.

Our classes are taught by independent instructors who are not employees of Healthy Pets Northwest, but who have strong experience and professional credentials related to the classes they teach.

We sincerely hope you enjoy our instructors and that the educational experience is both positive and rewarding for you and your pet.
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Therapy Dog Prep

Dates: March 15 to April 19
Time: Noon to 1pm
Cost: $150.00 for five-week class.

Important Information:
Class prerequisite: Completed a basic manners class. Dog must be at least one year old.

Instructor: Linda Hamilton
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Learn and practice the canine and human skills needed to meet the requirements for becoming a therapy dog team. Exercises are based on those used by all of the various therapy dog programs. This class will also discuss the practical issues involved with being a therapy team. Skills taught can be used even if you choose not to take the evaluation and become a therapy team. One class is held in a public venue.

Discussions and Basic Skills Taught

  • Reading your dog’s body language
  • Focus skills
  • Calming signals vs. stress vs. appeasement signals
  • Understanding personality traits/socialization de-sensitization techniques
  • De-stressing techniques
  • Equipment allowed, grooming and handling of the dog
  • Benefits of animal assisted activities/therapy/interventions
  • Proper person to person interactions

Equipment: All training will be done with soft collars and 6-foot leads. Bring your dog's favorite high value treats. If you dog's preferred reward is a toy, bring it and a high value treat. Rewarding by "tugging" is not appropriate for public places while doing therapy dog work, but we'll figure what will work for your own dog.

To register: Contact Linda by email at cnwhdogtrain [at] gmail [dot] com or by phone at 503-709-9871.

Class Location
All of our training classes and seminars are taught at our Multnomah Village Store, 7642 SW Capitol Highway, unless otherwise noted. Parking for classes is available in the lot just west of the Multnomah Village Community Center.
Instructor List

Gretchen Icenogle

Rosemarie Stein

Linda Hamilton

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