Dog Training

Behavior & Training Philosophy

Greenhill Humane Society & First Avenue Shelter follow 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.

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

Rockstar Dog Training, LLC
Micaela Frank, CPDT-KA
In-home sessions

Training Spot
Jen Biglan & Tera Dschaak-James
Group classes, In-home sessions, Puppy socialization

Luckydog Day & Night Care
Mandie Stuhan
Puppy socialization

Opportunity Barks
Carol Rozek
Puppy socialization

The Well-Mannered Dog LLC
Debbie Schaefer
Group classes, Private sessions

Pawsitive Pet
Cindy Ehlers, CPDT-KA
Private sessions

Surf City Dog Training – Florence, OR
Dina Pavlis, ABCDT
Group classes

Animal Behavior Clinic – Portland, OR 
Dr. Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC
Dr. Elizabeth Gray, MS, DVM
Dr. Paige Pierce, MS, DVM
Behavioral consultations and modification