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Dog Obedience Training

30 Day Board and Train Obedience Program

Dan our trainerColumbia Dog Training School has been training dogs in the Portland area and at Charlton Kennels for close to 25 years. In their 30-day obedience program, your dog is boarded at the kennel, receiving daily walks and training, as well as play, light grooming, and bathing. Eleven basic obedience commands are taught and you meet with the trainer and your dog at the end of the third week and upon completion. The end goal is a delightful and well behaved companion.

And because follow-up and consistency are so important, private follow-up lessons are included.

30-day Obedience Program Fee

The cost for the total program is $1100.00, and includes any necessary one-on-one follow-up lessons with a trainer. Space is limited, and reservations must be made in advance. Call or text Dan at 503-708-7582. Visit Dan's Instagram page to view videos and pictures of clients.

Dan and Boom
Dan and Boom

About The Owner

Dan Butcher is the owner of Columbia Dog Training. Dan comes from a family of well respected dog trainers and has over 25 years of experience training dogs. He trained his first dog when he was eight years old, earning an AKC Companion Dog Excellent title and represented Oregon twice in the Western States Obedience competition as a youth.

A few facts about Dan:

  • Dan has trained two Golden Retrievers that are in the Golden Retriever Club of America’s Hall of Fame. One for Agility and the other for Obedience. Both Goldens earned Master level titles as well.
  • Dan was the youngest AKC Obedience judge ever approved at the age of 22 and judged the AKC National Championships in 2008.
  • Dan has been an AKC agility Judge for twelve years and has judged AKC Nationals as well as tryouts for AKC's World Team.
  • Dan has owned and trained Keeshonds, Shelties, Jack Russells, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Border Collies.
  • Dan has worked at the kennel for 25 years and has trained hundreds of dogs of every breed, shape and size.

Always patient and consistent, yet gentle, Dan and his assistants can teach most any dog. They will meet with you so that you can learn how to make your dog understand that the new rules apply at home, too. Dogs are so clever and will test you to see if you know the appropriate behaviors, too! The trainers will use lots of treats as positive reinforcement and plenty of encouragement and praise. Behaviors that the trainers cannot address at the kennel are housebreaking (which must be done at home, of course), or very aggressive dogs. Give us a call at the kennel if you have questions or to make an appointment with Dan: 503-621-3675. And do visit the kennel's Instagram page for more pictures of our dogs.

All dogs entering the training program must be current on these vaccinations: Rabies, Bordetella, Distemper, and Parvo. Your vet may recommend others as well, including Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, and Parainfluenza.

Dog Obedience Refresher Training Course

For those dogs who have already been through our regular 30 day Obedience Training Program at Charlton Kennels, a refresher course is available while boarding at the kennel at a charge of $10.00 extra per day. If your dog seems to be slipping — she doesn't come running when you call, or he's jumping up on the company again — a brief refresher course will help remind your dog of the rules he learned last time. Dogs are furry opportunists and a gentle reminder that they really do know the rules works wonders.


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Assistant Danielle with her Australian Shepherd, Lady.
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Thousands of geese and sandhill cranes lift off from one of the farm fields.