Dogs Ltd & Training

Bend, OR

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Dogs Ltd & Training operates a full-service dog training facility committed to specialized, luxury care and training for dogs and their owners. Dogs Ltd & Training designs training programs for dog owners who want calm, quiet dogs that can go everywhere with them because Best Buddies Go Everywhere Together! Established in 2004 by dog trainer Linda L. West, CPDT-KA, Dogs Ltd & Training is located minutes from downtown Bend, Oregon. Over the years, the Dogs Ltd & Training has developed into a landmark dog training facility for educating and training dogs in Central Oregon. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with our unique organization by browsing through our web site. We will be happy to respond to your questions and comments, so please contact us via e-mail, telephone or feel free to come by. At Dogs Ltd & Training, we are committed to dog training specialized for you and your dog's specific dog training needs. If you’re looking for high quality and personal service in dog training, you’ve come to the right place. At Dogs Ltd & Training we’ll give you and your dog the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. Dogs Ltd & Training specializes in developing unique dog training programs to get you the dog behaviors you want. We offer the best and newest methods for a quality relationship with your dog. Learn the techniques to have the calm and well-behaved dog that you want. A dog that can go everywhere with you. West is certified by by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). West was certified in Safer Dog Aggression Test while she was the in-house dog trainer for the Humane Society of Redmond (now BrightSide Animal Center.) Dogs Ltd is now offering in-house training for dogs. Dog owners can now enjoy quality, innovative options for training their puppies and dogs. A professional trainer will train their dog so he is a calm and well-behaved companion that can go everywhere with the owner. Enjoy having a dog that understands how to offer the right behaviors when walking in town, on trails and when

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Day School for Dogs Have Your Dog Professionally Trained While He Lives at Home. Day School Training is an innovative program that consistently produces excellent results. This new program offered by Dogs Ltd & Training is based on the program used by Old Towne School for Dogs in Alexandria's historic district in the Washington D.C. area. Owners will experience the benefits of this unique training style. Dogs learn all the skills they need to make them good companions. Training takes place in downtown Bend and on local trails. Dogs spend the day visiting our local parks, shops, and other areas. Dogs are trained for a minimum of 30 minutes three times a day, four days a week for three weeks. Your dog attends school Monday through Thursday. Owners receive three half-hour private sessions to see their dog's progress and learn how to use the skills their dog has learned. After the first lesson, you are an active participant in the program. Handling lessons are given at the end of each week. Exercises covered in our basic course include heel and automatic sit, sit-stay, down-stay, and come. Your dog will work on a 6 foot leash and 15 food lead and is expected to work around distractions such as other dogs, traffic, squirrels and joggers. Your dog becomes familiar with trips to the groomer, crate training, socializing with people and dogs, walking on trails and being comfortable in different environments. This includes being relaxed and happy in a boarding facility. You learn how to use your training tools to work with problems such as barking, jumping, digging or destructive behavior.
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Bend, OR 97702

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9 Reviews
  • Lori P. Aug 6, 2014
    We adopted our German Shorthaired Pointer, Lola, and put her first through 2 other obedience classes. We had some frustrations with these classes, so we booked individual training time with Linda. We learned tons of great new training techniques that Lola responded to immediately. We then started taking Lola to Linda's weekly Nature Camp. This has created even better result since Lola is confident meeting all kinds of different dogs now. We just adopted another GSP, Kona. He seems to have no prior knowledge of any commands. Time for more training with Linda!
  • Sarah K. Dec 2, 2012
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I found my self in search of help with my 4.5 year old Shepard mix rescue, Jax, after he and my other dog attacked a dog, without provocation. Accepting that Jax had become more and more aggressive over the last few years, and that my inability to deal with him was making it worse had me considering taking extreme measures. I decide I should at least seek help first, despite the financial strains. I found Linda's services to be very reasonably priced compared to others I had researched. More importantly, she put my guilt at ease. I found her methods humane and while not entirely effective due to his stubborn nature, Jax is easier to manage than he was before. I was given easy to follow guidelines by Linda and have a good foundation to continue working with him. Linda was always kind and understanding, working around my crazy schedule and being flexible when I needed to reschedule appointments.
  • Liz N. Oct 19, 2012
  • Kristen T. Sep 11, 2012
    Linda is a very kind and compassionate trainer. She has a real understanding for dogs with aggression. My dog was attacking another dog in the house and they could not be anywhere near each other. Linda gave me, and my dog, the skills we needed to create peace in our house. Thank you Linda!
  • Lori O. Jul 9, 2012
    My dog Scout could be very difficult while walking on the leash when we came across other dogs on and off their leashes. After 6 sessions with Linda I am able to walk Scout and manage her insecurity/aggression very well. This makes for much more enjoyable walks! Training with Linda was easy and fun.
  • Janet B. Sep 25, 2011
    Linda, I can't thank you enough for succeeding in changing Bella's attitude. We rescued Bella (my 86 lb Black and Tan Coonhound) from the Humane Society a little over 2 years ago. She was dumped by her prior owners at about 1 year old because "she was too much to handle." And, I have to admit, she definitely has been a challenge! She has a sweet disposition and is not aggressive, but had no impulse control and was very reactive in new situations. Bella has changed a lot over the last 2 years with all the classes we have taken, but yours really got her to turn the corner. Your techniques and knowledge would work with any dog, but your intimate knowledge of the hound personality was particularly helpful because you taught me what is possible to change about Bella's behavior and what is not. Bella and I are about to begin our second class with you -- as far as I'm concerned, this is frosting on the cake. After just 1 session in the first class, Bella was off the pinch collar (which I had been using for nearly 2 years) and on the gentle leader without pulling my arm off when I walk her! She's much calmer, and I think she's much happier not being so reactive to strange people, sounds, and dogs. Your desensitization strategy really works! Now my best buddy and I CAN and do go everywhere together.
  • Dottie R. Feb 1, 2011
    After spending $$$$ with other professional dog trainers and not learning much, I decided to take my leash aggressive dog to Linda West. I found her method of training to be easy to follow and best of all fun. True, I have had a lot of obedience training experience so I knew that if I was to be successful, I would have to practice what my dog and I were taught during class sessions. I was taught simple little "games or tricks" to get my dog to concentrate on me during an encounter with a target. I learned how to remain calm and confident in my ability to be in control of my dog. Her instructions have helped me to enjoy our dog walks so much more. We work on our "games" every day and I find that my dog is so much calmer when I ask her to perform what we have learned from Linda's class. Thank you Linda
  • Emily Y. Jan 31, 2011
    Linda West is a highly specialized and experienced dog trainer. I came to her initally having agression problems with my dog. She made valuable and correct assessments that prevented further dangerous situations. With another very stubborn dog, she made training so easy I couldn't believe it! I had tried doing these things on my own, then with 2 "economy" trainers. After just 15 minutes with Linda, I was elated. Linda's easy-to-follow and professional guidance made working with this stubborn dog really fun. I found the other trainers inconsistent and guessing. Linda, however, is knowlegable, consistent and very reliable. From being a client over the years I came to see some of the dogs with serious aggression she helped. I am still amazed when I think of the change in these dogs. If you've got a dog who has major aggression, a slight issue, or you just want the best basic training, Linda is your best resource in Bend. She is safe, consistent and knowlegable. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my dog.
  • Chuckie G. Jan 30, 2011
    I had trouble with my dog lunging and growling when I had him on leash. I didn't like to walk "Bruno" in public because he made such a racket when he saw other dogs. It was embarrassing. After six weeks of private lessons with Dogs Ltd I am able to take "Bruno" with me when I go places and not be embarrassed.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Dogs Ltd & Training has different training packages for different training options.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Discuss with the potential client what problems they are having with their dog to determine if I am the best professional for them to consult.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a degree from Colorado State University in Animal Science and I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. I worked for six years as the in-house dog trainer for the Humane Society of Redmond. My previous work history includes training and performing with sea-lions at Miami Seaquarium.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find a trainer that you have a good rapport with. That is a critical component to being successful.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What specific behavior are you trying to modify and are your expectations of what can be accomplished with training your dog realistic.