If you’re looking for groundwork training or your 4-legged friend has a particular issue or issues you want to address, Kindred Dog PDX is the place to go. Ruben clearly cares about your dog as well as your relationship and leadership towards your dog.
— Laura A.
Not only did [Ruben] give me the tools to help Gobi become a more balanced dog, but he helped me figure out how to connect with her, on both of our terms. His services are invaluable.
— Amanda T.

We offer two levels of private lesson packages. Basic on-leash obedience and advanced off-leash remote collar training. We will assess the dog at my facility, and put together a comprehensive approach/plan to work towards achieving your goals, whether they be obedience or behavioral issues. (Nervous, fearful, aggressive dogs may require a modified training program, contact us to schedule an evaluation)

The private lessons can teach you and your dog the following obedience, skills, and commands:

  • Walk politely with you 

  • Sit/stay

  • Down/stay

  • Place command

  • Crate training

  • Waiting for food

  • Waiting at thresholds (doors, car, crate, etc.) 

  We can also focus on addressing minor behavior issues, such as:

  • Jumping, nipping, mouthing

  • Excessive barking

  • Counter-surfing

On - leash basics 

In this program, Ruben will work with you and your dog on their basic obedience on leash. This program focuses on building the fundamentals and is a pre-requisite for our advanced off leash training. The first lesson is about two hours where we asses the dog and begin to work hands with you and your dog. The next three lessons will be an hour each, where we will continue to work hands-on with you and your dog.

Our focus is calm on command training, which includes duration work with high distractions, and having your dog be calm in all situations, even when they are not tired. 

My unique approach to dog training is geared more towards addressing the fundamental state of mind of your dog, rather than strictly focusing on creating rehearsed behaviors. In other words, we are much more concerned with creating a happy go lucky balanced dog than just a dog that simply knows a few commands.

Be ready because there will be homework! It is very important that the training be worked on diligently between sessions, by the whole family. In these private lessons YOU are the dog trainer. You will be working with your dog daily to ensure the knowledge and application of these commands! We want you to be as excited about your dog's transformation as we are, and we need everyone involved and on-board! 


This program covers:

Leash pressure and building our marker system


Place command


Loose leash walking (walk politely with you)

Price - $900 includes leash, prong collar, and a 4legs4pets cot. 

Advanced off-leash remote collar training


Because of the nuances involved in remote collar training it is important that you have gone through our on-leash basics program.

In this program Ruben will teach you all about the remote training collar. First, we need to condition your dog to the remote before starting any training. This way they understand how to turn it on and turn it off. The previous leash training will help immensely with this step. Next, we will cover all the on-leash basics and recall. The first lesson is 90 minutes and the next three lessons will be one hour each. 

Price - $600*, includes remote collar and 15ft training leash 

All Private Lessons include:

  • Unlimited after care via email, phone, or Skype
  • You will also have full access to our exclusive client benefits
  • Additional lessons are $150 an hour

**(Price does not include remote collar. Remote collar ranges from $179.99 to $280.00 depending on the size of your dog.)