Certified Pet Dog Trainer  
Beaverton, Hillsboro, Portland Kirsten Nielsen, Ph.D.
Current Class Schedule
Puppy Classes
Basic Obedience
Beyond the Basics
For Humans Only
Private Training
In-Kennel Training
About Me
Frequently Asked Questions

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Dr. Ian Dunbar's two books:

Before You Get Your Puppy


AFTER You Get Your Puppy

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The safest way to socialize.

1:00-2:00 pm every Sunday

at Schroeder's Den in Hillsboro.


Bring your puppy (under 5 months of age) to play at a sanitized facility. Kirsten and her assistants moderate the session to promote safe play and separate puppies into appropriate play groups based on size and confidence.

Why is socialization so important? Puppies need to have positive interactions with new dogs and people (outside the home) starting during the critical socialization period of 8-16 weeks of age. American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior statement on early socialization. Unfortunately, the critical period for socialization has closed by the time puppies have completed their immunization series, making it difficult for owners to socialize their puppies while minimizing their exposure to disease. As a result, many under-socialized puppies grow into fearful and aggressive dogs. In fact, more dogs are euthanized each year due to behavioral problems than die from all the contagious diseases combined. We hope that by providing a safe opportunity to socialize puppies, Puppy Romp can help alleviate this problem.

Please bring proof of vaccinations to the first visit. Puppies may attend as long as they are healthy and have had at least the first round of vaccinations for DHPP (bordetella, and canine influenza vaccines are strongly recommended). If you got your puppy from a shelter, please wait 10 days before attending Puppy Romp. Click here for more information.

$10 per visit

Puppy Romp's

last day is

May 20!



Get help with the challenges of raising a puppy.

30-minute workshops immediately following Puppy Romp, so you don't have to wait for a class to cover the most urgent topics:

Biting & Jumping

Leash Walking


Each workshop costs $10. Attendance is available only to puppies that attend Puppy Romp that week (any owner may attend without their dog). See Class Schedule for dates.

No registration required.



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