Club K-9 offers private lessons and group training classes for all levels of training!
Sharon Cram has been studying canine behavior and its modification since 1987. Using the knowledge and expertise she has cultivated over the years, Sharon has assisted countless families in nurturing incredibly rewarding relationships with their dogs. Most recently, she has assembled an exceptionally talented team of trainers to work with you and your dog at Club K-9!
Our training programs combine practical training techniques and canine education to prevent and solve behavioral problems in dogs. We use reward-based methods that have proven effective among dogs to ensure that the relationships between pet owners and their furry friends are fun, loving, and fabulous.
Canine Confidence Class: $162 per dog
Dynamic Dog Class: $162 per dog
Premium Pooch Class: $162 per dog
Puppy Start Right Preschool: $150 per dog
Puppy Kindergarten: $30/session, bulk discount available
Private Lessons: $75 per hour
Aggression: $100 per hour
5-hour pack of Private Lessons: $350
Current Class Schedule
Canine Confidence, All Ages: Tuesdays, starting 7/24/18 @ 7:10 p.m.
Canine Confidence, All Ages: Thursdays, starting 8/2/18 @ 7:10 p.m.
Dynamic Dog, All Ages: Tuesdays, starting 7/24/18 @ 8:15 p.m.
Dynamic Dog, All Ages: Thursdays, starting 8/2/18 @ 8:15 p.m.
*Open Enrollment* Puppy Kindergarten: every Monday at 7:10 starting July 9th, 7:10 p.m.
*Open Enrollment* Puppy Start Right Preschool: ever Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.
Private Lessons and Behavioral Consultations
Private lessons and behavioral consultations are provided in the convenience of your home. We can give you all of the tools you need to raise a new puppy, establish a healthy relationship with a newly adopted dog, or even get you back on track when you’re at your wits’ end with your canine companion. We know that each person and each dog is unique; one size does not fit all, and we’re happy to create a custom program just for you! Please download and fill out the "Private Lesson Intake Form" and email it to us at NorthPortlandClubK9@gmail.com or bring it to the facility in person. We have printed copies available at our facility.
Canine Confidence Class (Basic Manners)
Canine Confidence/Puppy Confidence Class: 6-week session with a class maximum of 7 dogs. Dogs do not attend the first session. This beginner's manners class has two age groups available. The Canine Confidence class is open to dogs of all ages. This series is great for young puppies looking for their first training and social experience or well-socialized dogs of any age in need of basic skills. Each week, the class is divided into quarters. The first portion of class focuses on off-leash socialization and recalls, and pups learn how to play appropriately with new friends. At the same time, you’ll learn how to make sure that they play safely and appropriately with other dogs as well as what your dog’s body language means. You’ll also learn how to call your pup back to you and away from play. In the second portion of class, we teach basic training commands such as “sit,” “down,” “stand,” “off,” “watch me,” and “wait and stay.” During the third portion, we educate families on how to raise their pups while conducting an open discussion and problem-solving session. Some of the topics we’ll discuss are how to establish a positive relationship with your dog, how to handle chewing, how to stop jumping, and how to curb barking. The final portion of class concentrates on handling exercises. At this time, we’ll discuss health and safety issues concerning your dog while teaching you how examine him to spot common signs of illness. We’ll also show you how to calm your dog while touching and examining him, cleaning his ears, brushing his teeth, clipping his nails, and more.
Dynamic Dog Class (Intermediate Manners)
Dynamic Dog Class: 6-week session with a class maximum of 6 dogs - This intermediate class is for dogs that have completed our Canine Confidence Class or have transferred from a similar course. In this class, dogs improve on the basic skills that they acquired in CCC; we reinforce proper leash behavior and recalls in all situations, and pups learn how to work with distractions. Also, since many of the dogs in this class are transitioning from bright-eyed puppy hood to adolescence, which can be a very challenging stage in life, we continue to problem solve and troubleshoot various behavioral matters. We only allow six dogs in this class to give each family the opportunity to personally work with the instructor to fulfill their individual goals.
Premium Pooch Class (Advanced Manners)
Premium Pooch Class: 6-week session with a class maximum of 6 dogs - All of our classes are fun, but now that you have the skills, let’s have a blast! Skills covered in this class include following a target, going to a target, off-leash heeling, over, through, under, weave poles, place, and more! How do musical stays and doggy relays sound?! This class will not only solidify your dog’s skills, but it will also be a whole lot of fun for both you and your precious pup. After all, fun is what having a dog is all about!
Puppy Kindergarten (Puppy Manners)
Puppy Kindergarten is a continuation of the Puppy Start Right Preschool. In this course, we'll continue to build on behaviors such as sit, down, touch, look at me, loose-leash walking, recall, and name recognition. We introduce concepts like settle on a mat, stay, and more. Our class helps you continue that positive, proactive socialization and exposure we talk so much about in preschool! In addition, this class is based on life-long goals for our students. Puppy parents should come out of this class with a good understanding of how dogs learn, their dog's basic needs, knowledge of how reinforcement and motivation will impact their puppy's behavior, and the ability to achieve and maintain control of their puppy through safe, positive methods of focusing dogs' attention.
Puppy Start Right Preschool (Pre-Puppy Manners)
AVSAB Position on Puppy Socialization
Are you looking for a positive path to problem-solving, prevention, and training for your puppy? The Puppy Start Right Preschool is for you! During the five weeks of this class, you’ll learn about your puppy’s developmental stages, canine communication, and how to socialize your puppy. The class also covers how to manage, prevent, and train behaviors necessary for your puppy to adapt smoothly into your household. The Puppy Start Right Preschool is an open-enrollment class, so as long as your puppy fits the preschool’s requirements and you’ve completed orientation, you can start right away. The preschool’s curriculum was designed based on the book "Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog" by Kenneth Martin, DVM, and Debbie Martin, RVT, VTS (Behavior). North Portland Club K-9’s Manager, Meaghan, who has completed the Puppy Start Right Instructor’s Course through the Karen Pryor Academy, teaches the class. Please call or email us, and ask for Meaghan to enroll in the class.
Class Topics: Health and Handling*, Wheels and Children’s Toys*, Obstacles and Sounds*, Costumes and Appearances* *Each class includes off-leash puppy socialization with other puppies, as well as positively reinforced exploration of the environment!
Age Requirement: puppies should be between the ages of 7-12 weeks their first session of class (not at the time you sign up)
Health: Physical examination within the last 21 days by a veterinarian. 1 round of DAP vaccine or equivalent administered 10 days prior to starting class, Fecal Examination, Deworming. as recommended by your veterinarian, Parasite Prevention (flea, heartworm, intestinal parasite) as recommended by your veterinarian
Fee: $150, includes Orientation, 4 one hour classes, and a kindle copy of the book Puppy Start Right Foundation Training for the Companion Dog
- Puppy Start Right: Puppies should be 7 to 12 weeks old at the start of class.
- Canine Confidence: This class is open to dogs of all ages over 12 weeks of age.
- Dynamic Dog: Your dog must have completed Canine Confidence at Club K-9 recently, or have completed a similar course and be approved to take the class by our manager, Meaghan, or our trainer, Lisa.
- We require that your dog has shown no known aggression to people or animals.
- Dogs must be current on vaccinations appropriate for their age: Distemper, and Parvo required. Rabies required after 6 months of age unless waived by your veterinarian. Consult your veterinarian to see what vaccinations are best for your dog in addition to the core vaccines Club K-9 requires.
- Dogs should be free of any symptoms of illness and cleared by a veterinarian before attending class if there have been any recent symptoms of illness.
*If you live more than 20 minutes from Club K-9, a travel charge may apply. We charge $100 per hour for aggression cases.
**Classes are only for dogs that enjoy being with people and other dogs. Discussions cover basic issues confronting most doggy families. If your dog doesn’t get along well with others or you’re experiencing more serious problems with your dog, please call us and ask about our private lessons.
***If you don’t see the type of class you are looking for on the above list, please call us. We’re always adding new and exciting classes to our schedule.
What is the Club K-9 cancellation policy for training classes?
Updated April 23rd 2016: Training classes at Club K-9 have a 1-week cancellation policy- if you are signed up for a class, you will need to give us notice that you are dropping at least once week in advance to receive a refund. We cannot grant refunds to no-shows or last minute cancellations for class. If you need to change the class you are enrolled in, please do so prior to the first day of class. You are welcome to one class change which must be scheduled within 2 months of the class you originally enrolled in.
What if I miss a class?
If you miss a day of class, you are welcome to drop in on that same class in a future session without your pup. We allow up to 2 make ups for missed classes per 6 week session. This policy is not applicable for Puppy Start Right Preschool.
Not ready to commit to a class?
Feel free to drop into one session of class to observe and see if the class is a good fit for you! Please, give us a call to arrange this in advanced.