Dog Behavior & Training

Greenhill's training and behavior philosophy including, resources and listings of local animal care professionals that can help with training.

Greenhill's Training & Behavior Philosophy

Greenhill Humane Society follows the recommendations of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) regarding the training we provide for the animals in our care, the training instruction we provide our staff and volunteers, and the trainers we recommend to the public. AVSAB recommends trainers that follow the scientifically based principles of positive reinforcement, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, desensitization, and counter conditioning. AVSAB does not endorse dominance hierarchy theory or the use of punishment to modify behavior as this involves the use of adversives, force, coercion, and physical corrections. In addition to the risk of physical harm to the animal, punishment can also have unintended consequences such as strengthening the undesired behavior, causing aggression, and creating extreme fear in the animal. Our focus is on lowering the stress associated with the shelter environment, providing enrichment activities, making learning new skills easy and fun, reinforcing desirable behaviors, and preventing the rehearsal of undesirable behavior. Here is a PDF for more information about Positive Reinforcement Training.

Below you will find a list of animal care professionals that are committed to using safe & effective training techniques recommended by AVSAB.

Dr. Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC
Dr. Elizabeth Gray, MS, DVM
Dr. Paige Pierce, MS, DVM
503.236.7833
www.animalbehaviorclinic.net
Behavioral consultations and modification

750 McKinley Street
Eugene, Oregon 97402
eugene@centralbarkusa.com
www.centralbarkeugene.com
Group classes

Lauren Rubin, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA
541.600.4072
lauren@creativecaninesolutions.com
www.creativecaninesolutions.com 
Virtual consultations, in-home behavior consultations

Cindy Ehlers, CPDT-KA
541.461.1188
www.pawsitivepet.org
Private sessions

Nicole Prince – CPDT-KA
541.735.4920
info@pupgradek9.com

www.Pupgradek9.com 
In-home training, puppy training, boarding services. Specializes in behaviour modification.

Micaela Frank, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
micaela@rsdtraining.com
www.rsdtraining.com
Behavior Consultations and Private Training Sessions

Dina Pavlis, ABCDT
541.997.1355
www.surfcitydogtraining.com
Group classes

Jen Biglan & Tera Dschaak-James
541.357.7387
jen@trainingspot.us
tera@trainingspot.us
www.trainingspot.us
Group classes, In-home sessions, Puppy socialization

Debbie Schaefer
541.603.6868
www.humanedogtraining.com
Group classes, Private sessions