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!
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
- 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
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.
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.
Sidney owns a Labrador/Spaniel mix, Opie, who is in formal obedience training, has experience in rally competition, and his Beginner Novice Obedience title.
- 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’.
- Provided with Packages: treat pouch, 2 types of treats, and 2-3 clickers.
- 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.
- Most pups 5-6 months and older are ok with 60 minutes.
- Remember part of the session is communication between o wner and trainer, so your pup won’t be working the entire 45 or 60 minutes.
- Training Packages:
- 4 or 5 pre-paid, pre-scheduled sessions.
- All sessions in a package are scheduled when purchased.
- Packages expire 7 weeks from the date purchased.
- Packages earn a 10% discount, and include a complimentary treat pouch, 3 clickers, and 2 types of treats - a $45 value!
- Single Session: 45 minutes, $70. 60 minutes, $85.00
- Core Service Area: Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Sammamish, Issaquah, Medina 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: All lessons in a package are scheduled at the first lesson and are prepaid to earn the discount, otherwise the hourly rate applies for each session. Payments may be by card or check. There is a $25.00 fee for dishonored checks.
- 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.
- 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 dogs that have attacked another dog: I will refer you to our local veterinary behaviorist or specialist trainer.