Our approach

Lucid is a reward-based dog training company that teaches an integrative and balanced approach to training pet dogs while focusing on creating harmony between people, dogs, other pets, and the environments they share.

As a lifetime learning experience, Lucid uses the latest instructional design systems, motivational theories, and teaching and training methods. In the Lucid approach, people are empowered to continue teaching their dogs new behaviors and commands for years because proper socialization and relationship building are emphasized – not just training. This is a hands-on, fully supported, resource-driven approach that combines face-to-face and online learning in a way that incorporates the entire family.

To do this, we prioritize:
– custom programs that equally consider the needs and desires of the involved dogs and people
– careful and deliberate socialization with people, animals, and environments
– owner education to empower people to not just train their dogs, but to keep their dogs trained
– games and techniques that integrate training into everyday life
– a balanced approach that strives for fairness, fun, efficiency, and effectiveness

Our availability

We serve the greater Portland, Oregon area (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties) including: Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City, Gladstone, Tualatin, Tigard, Garden Home, Raleigh Hills, Milwaukie, SE Portland, SW Portland, NW Portland and parts of Beaverton.

Our attitude

We are open-minded, collaborative, and dedicated.

About Chris

An expert in behavior and communication with an innate curiosity about both the human and canine conditions, Chris brings 20 years of studying motivation theory and communication to design dog training programs that intersect his client’s abilities and desires with their dog’s instincts and drives. Chris continually studies dog history and modern dog culture and persistently seeks out and learns from the world’s leading canine experts. He holds a BS in Communication with a concentration in Psychology from Boston University and is a Professional Premium member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. On most days you can find him playing fetch, running, or training schutzhund with his Belgian Malinois, Clive.

About Katie

A natural-born teacher with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, Katie leverages technology and uses her knowledge of learning theory, differentiated instruction, and instructional design to create effective and fun dog training programs. Katie has successfully completed training through Karen Pryor while also being a Premium Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a Member of the Northwest Professional Dog Trainer’s Association. When not finding ways to make life easier for clients, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and practicing agility and obedience with her Boxer-mix, Annie.

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