Has a new puppy joined your family? We understand the joys and the frustrations of having a new puppy in your house. We offer a variety of FLEXible options for training your puppy. Let’s start your puppy off on the right paw!
Is your dog destroying your house? Or maybe they bit the neighbor? Is your dog terrified at the vet? Then call FLEX to set up a behavior consultation for these or any other behavior problem you and your dog might be dealing with.
Has your senior dog lost some pep in their step? Do have you have a dog sport addict you want to keep healthy and competing? Then it’s time to schedule your dog for a complete, hands-on total body fitness evaluation. Find out more how FLEX can help your dog
We love the benefits of In Home Private Dog Training. For dogs it is helpful for them to learn in their every day environment. As trainers, we get to see the complete picture and then help you where is matters most, in your house.
At FLEX we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of professional, positive dog training. In Sara McLoudrey’s 12+ years as professional trainers, she has trained every type of dog from your new puppy, basic obedience, nose work and canine physical fitness. Sara also specializes in behavioral issues such as aggression, leash reactivity, and resource guarding. We offer a FLEXible variety of positive dog training services to meet you and your dog’s training needs. FLEX Dog Training will work to accommodate your schedule by offering in-home dog training, day training, and private lessons.
We specialize in behavioral issues such as aggression, leash reactivity, and resource guarding. With our certified, positive approach we can hep you and your dog with any of these issues and any other behavioral problem.
At FLEX Dog Training we understand that not everyone has time, the expertise or the patience to train their own dog. With our doggy day school we train your dog during the day while you can be off doing other things or even at work!
Our Polite Leash Manners Program is designed to clients jump start their dog’s Polite Leash Manners. Often leash manners are the hardest thing for people to train, so we do the hard part! Find out if this program would help you and your dog.
K9 Nose Work is a great dog sport, that is open to all types of dogs. Sara McLoudrey is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and actively competes in the sport. Learn more about this fast growing sport that is fun for all.
Are you the lucky new owner of a bouncy, nippy, sweet, snuggly, puppy? It is never too early to start training! We like to think of our Prefect Puppy Program as a Behavioral Vaccine to behavior issues later in life. Learn all the basics in our Perfect Puppy Package.
One of the most common behavioral issues that we help clients with is Reactivity and Aggression towards other dogs on and/or off leash. Our Reactive Aggressive Dog (RAD) Program is a systematic, and successful way to deal with this common problem.
At FLEX Dog Training, we understand the principals of positive reinforcement and how to apply them to species other then dogs. We have worked successfully we a variety of animals including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and cats.
Sara McLoudrey is the owner of FLEX Dog Training. Sara has been a professional dog trainer since 2004, currently Sara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) from Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a FitPaws Master Trainer through FitPawsUSA, a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) from the National Association of Canine Scent Work, and a TAGTeach Level 2 Instructor from TAGteach International (TAG-L2).
Our Training Philosophy
At FLEX Dog Training our goal is to help you develop a wonderfully behaved companion and competition dog using positive reinforcement, training techniques. With this positive approach you will develop a life-long trusting relationship and bond. Our goal is to teach you how to train and interact with your dog effectively and efficiently. It doesn’t help you in the long run if your dog “only listens to the trainer!”
“Sara is very intuitive and understands the underlying reasons for a dog's behavior. This makes Sara extremely successful finding the best way to work with each specific client and help modify problem behaviors. I can walk through my neighborhood with my reactive dog and know how to prevent problems because of Sara's help. She is passionate about dog training and devoted to all of us who are her clients. Her extensive range of knowledge is amazing. She looks at a dog's movement, goes over the body and can see where physical problems are during a fitness evaluation. She created a custom fitness plan, designed specifically for my dog, to help strengthen weak muscles, build core strength and just as important, build his confidence. Fitness classes and equipment have helped my fearful dog and have helped my wild and excited dog. My dogs just love working on this equipment!”
-Lynn and Jasper
“ Sara is a truly gifted trainer. She helped me with everything from major issues (like resource guarding and crate anxiety) to fun tricks. She understands dog behavior and helps you become a better owner & trainer. She also makes the whole process fun. No doubt about it - Portland is getting an outstanding talent.”
-Anika and Pepper
“ The North Shore of Chicago is losing a truly gifted instructor. Sara has a unique talent for meeting each dog and handler where they are and guiding them to perform beyond their expectations.”
-Wendy and Mac
||Oh, Portland, you are getting a wonderful dog trainer!!! Sara will be greatly missed. She is a positive trainer for dogs and their handlers. My Bichon and I have been training with Sara for 2 years and have learned so much. Class is fun for both of us. Sara uses only positive reinforcement methods. Sara has a vast knowledge of dog behavior and is so creative in her training methods. Her competition experience in obedience, rally and nose work is also very helpful. Enthusiastically recommended!||
-Andi and Buddy