Owner & Head Dog Trainer

Helen Dohrmann, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Helen has been training dogs and their partners since 2004 and competing in AKC events (Obedience and Rally Obedience since 1999, where she started in Breed Ring with her first Papillon, Nicky - the dog that started her on her clicker training journey. Helen has shown her dogs in Conformation, Obedience, and Rally Obedience. Multiple dogs have been titled in each event. She started training with Rally, and over the years has incorporated pet manners, CGC, Beginning Obedience, and more recently, Tricks and Therapy Dog Training.

Helen has trained all sizes and many breeds of dogs, from the Giants (Saint Bernards) to the littlest Toys (Chihuahua)....and has raised over 15 puppies to adulthood. Helping people train their dogs is her passion!


Continuing Education

Helen believes in continuing her dog training education by attending seminars as often as possible. She considers attendance a success if she finds one gem to use with her dogs and her students.

Her most intense educational opportunity was enrolling in the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer's course. It took place over 6 months, with (4) 2-day workshops. It was quite a learning experience. One she treasures and is proud of!

KPA CTP Graduation Date: 10/15/2013

2019 education/ceu’s:

Clicker Expo, Portland, OR - various presenters, focused on the puppy lectures

PPG’s annual summit, Portland, OR - 3 days learning about aggression

Professional Affiliations

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (10/15/13)

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, #1122830

  • Pet Professional Guild, Member # 12781737

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen & AKC Tricks Evaluator, #79079

  • TAGTeach International Primary Certification (4/6/2014)

  • IAABC Supporting Member

  • K9to5 National Therapy Dog Registry, Instructor/Evaluator

  • Rally Freestyle-Certified Instructor, #013-07

  • DogSafe presenter - a program on children and dog safety

 


Assistant Dog Trainer

Sidney Ocheltree, CPDT-KA certified professional dog trainer in Redmond, Bellevue, Sammamish, Kirkland, Medina and Issaquah, WA. Uses positive reinforcement dog training.

Sidney Ocheltree, CPDT-KA

Sidney is an experienced instructor, having trained with and for Joan Fetty in Woodinvillle for a number of years. She has trained with Helen since Fall 2012. She believes in and applies the principles of positive reinforcement training with ease.

Sidney assists with Puppy Class and Therapy Dog Training at the Redmond Senior Center. She is a CPDT-KA, Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and has her TAGTeach International Primary Certification.

Monday through Friday, Sidney is a school teacher.


Recent Education

Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer's Foundations and Anders Hallgren seminar on Fear/Stress in Dogs. Sidney attends seminars to remain current on positive reinforcement training techniques. 

Interesting Facts

Sidney owns a Labrador/Spaniel mix, Opie, who is in formal obedience training, has experience in rally competition, and his Beginner Novice Obedience title.

 

FAQs

  • Who I work with: Puppies and young adult dogs, and fearful dogs. And families!

  • Puppies learn most quickly between 8-12 to 16 weeks of age. It is the greatest socialization window to new objects, sounds, and people.

  • All training is positive reinforcement, using techniques which include clickers, treats, praise, petting and possibly toys. Training is always at the dog’s pace.

  • Recommended equipment: flat buckle or martingale collar, and a 4-6’ leash, lots of tiny, cut-up soft treats.

  • Flexi (retractable) leads are not recommended as dogs learn that tension on the leash is ‘normal’ and continue to pull!

  • Provided with Packages: treat pouch, 2 types of treats, and 4 clickers, business cards.

  • A clicker is provided to every client.

  • Goals: Setting goals for your pup helps guide our training. It’s important to know:

    • What your pup knows

    • What you want your pup to know and do, in place of what the pup is doing

    • Is your pup experiencing any behavioral challenges? If so, please let me know before the appointment!

  • Session Length:

    • Most YOUNG puppies (8-12 weeks) can handle 45 minute sessions. communication between owner and trainer, so your pup won’t be working the entire 60 minutes

    • Most pups 5-6 months and older are ok with 60 minutes.

    • Yes! I work with families!

  • Training Packages:

    • 4 or 6 pre-paid, pre-scheduled sessions.

    • All sessions in a package are scheduled when purchased.

    • Packages expire 5 weeks from the date purchased.

  • Discounts:

    • Pre-paid packages are discounted from the single session rate, and include a complimentary treat pouch, clickers, and 2 types of treats - a $65 value!

  • Rates: Are under the Services tab.

  • Service Area: Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall, Monroe and Woodinville.

  • HANDOUTS are stored electronically in Evernote. Clients receive an email from Training You With Your Dog, via Evernote, inviting them to set up an account (it's free). Once you do that, you will be able to access the handout links that are relevant to your pup.

  • Payment: is through Square. All sessions are prepaid.

  • Cancellations:

    • Due to Weather: Sometimes, weather makes it necessary to cancel a class. In the event class is cancelled due to weather and/or road conditions, the schedule is extended by the appropriate number of classes. Notification of class cancellation is posted in this order:

    • Facebook: Training You With Your Dog

    • Email to private training students ASAP

    • Group Classes - check with Redmond Parks and Recreation Department.

    • Make sure: I have your correct email address and phone number. This address: helen @ trainingyourdog.info is in your address book.

    • Due to Weather or Emergencies: A 24-hour notice must occur for you to be able to reschedule a lesson, I do realize people get sick and emergencies happen. For this reason, I will allow one (1) sick/emergency day for every two (2) months. Your make-up lesson will be scheduled at the end of your package.

    • Should your trainer have an emergency, which is rare, you'll be notified asap prior to your session and the lesson will be rescheduled.

    • I do not ever want you to miss a lesson. Please keep all your training appointments. Your puppy’s education is just as important as yours, or your child’s.

  • Refunds: No refunds for any reason after the first lesson.

  • Referrals: I may refer your dog to any of the following specialties:

    • Chiropractor Veterinarian

    • Acupunture Veterinarian

    • Veterinary Behaviorist

    • Specialist trainer

  • People-Aggressive dogs, or Dog-Aggressive dogs, that have attacked another dog and drawn blood: I will refer you to a veterinary behaviorist or specialist trainer.

    • Our nearest veterinary behaviorist is in Portland:

      • Animal Behavior Clinic, www.animalbehaviorclinic.net, 503-236-7833, at 809 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

      • Please contact them for assistance.

Advice over the phone or via e-mail: Please note I cannot give you advice (except for housetraining and other minor issues, and then I’ll send you a file). It’s unethical and unprofessional. The organizations I am affiliated with do not endorse training advice that isn’t in person. I have no idea what your dog is doing, their body language, or the circumstances.