Our Welsh Springer Spaniel has been adventuring three times a week with Dog Adventures Northwest for years. The trainers at DANW all use positive reinforcement techniques which are critical to building confidence in a young, sensitive dog. They have helped our dog truly love his time adventuring with his small, curated pack. The trainers are full of integrity, consistency, love, and kindness and can be relied upon to make sure our dog is safe at all times. He comes home tired and sleeps for the rest of the day after sniffing, zooming, and hiking until his heart and soul is content.
Our first experience with Dog Adventures NW was puppy training day camp and overnights, which was amazing! Now, we have a full-grown, high-energy pup who loves adventures! Our dog is over-the-moon excited when her trainer comes to pick her up each week. He takes the best action photos of her running, playing, swimming, and resting with friends. Her trainer has been very communicative and lovely to work with. I fully trust him with Juniper. We have a tired and happy pup come home each week! Dog Adventures NW for the win!
These folks are the best! Our 6-year-old German Shepherd has so many great adventures, and her life is fuller because of Dog Adventures Northwest. Our "puppy" is not always easy, but they train her well, they're kind, they show up on time, they take great photos, and they are, overall, are terrific!
My 1-year-old working line German Shepherd has been going on weekly adventures for several months now and she always comes home exhausted and happy. It's clear my pup is getting more stimulation and exercise than she could with me and two little kids in tow. She's swimming, running, working on recall, and playing with other dogs. Diga the dog squeals with delight when her trainer's truck pulls into our driveway to pick her up. The backend of Dog Adventures Northwest is also a smooth operation with transparent billing and fair cancellation policies. Do yourself and your dog a favor and book an adventure with these guys!
Our little Havanese loves when it's adventure day with Dog Adventures Northwest. She can hardly contain herself when it's time for her to go with the trainer. Some days she comes home a little muddy, some days a little wet, but she is always delivered back to us happy and exhausted. Besides that, we even get a report and photos. It's like sending our fur baby to day camp, and she (and we) couldn't love the experience any more.
The trainers at DANW are able to step in and guide Coop so that play stays fun for everyone, and she is increasingly able to self-regulate and play (or just co-exist happily) with a variety of dogs. It's so nice to know that our pup is getting the practice and training she needs in an environment that isn't full of too many dogs and extra noises that might make it harder for her to calm herself, as might be the case in a crowded daycare. Her outings are without a doubt the highlight of her week. I'm sure she enjoys her hikes with us but her joyful helicopter tail when she sees her trainer pull up in front of the house is truly next level.
Our Mastiff has been spending his mornings with Dog Adventures Northwest three times a week since he was 9-weeks-old. He started out with a puppy nanny and then moved to adventures. Our vet has commented on his good health, and we don't have to put up with a bored puppy too much. Baugi gets excited every time his trainer comes to pick him up and waits eagerly by the door. The small groups are a lot easier on him than playing in big groups and he loves to get out in the water. We also get a ton of great photos of our doofus having fun. Raising a giant puppy has been a lot easier with the help of Dog Adventures Northwest.
I can't say enough good things about Dog Adventures Northwest. We moved to Portland in September, and found them when we were looking for a trainer for our then very young, slightly anxious puppy. He loved his time with his trainer so much that we signed him up for weekly off-leash adventures, and they're just amazing for him!! He comes home tired, happy, and hungry. Which makes for very happy puppy parents. Amazing service, amazing communication, and seriously amazing photos of our tiny sausage having the time of his life.
We LOVE Dog Adventures Northwest and all of the services they provide! We, like most folks, have busy, full lives so we knew when we got our Goldendoodle as a puppy we'd need some support to make sure she was safe and had a great time, even while we are traveling or had long days at work. I love that Dog Adventures Northwest is careful to pair dogs with complementary personalities and play styles! Safety is an obvious priority for them. Olive always comes home SO happy and tired. When her adventure leader comes to pick her up, you can tell it's her best friend in the whole world! Thinking about it actually makes me tear up - she just loves him and their adventures so much. We honestly couldn't ask for more and couldn't have our beloved fur baby without them!
Dog Adventures Northwest is an absolutely wonderful service run by caring, professional people. I have a young, active, small 13-lbs dog who needs a lot of cardio. As an alternative to doggy day care, my dog trainer recommended Dog Adventures Northwest's adventures as a means to tire her out in a consistently positive environment. She was absolutely right - the adventure days are the best! My pup gets out for much needed socialization and play time while gaining confidence in new environments and practicing safe off-leash behavior. I get an amazing e-mail narrative at the end of the session with fantastic (and hilarious) pictures. My dog races out the door without ever looking back. I appreciate how hard Dog Adventures Northwest works to pair up dogs that will do well together. They bring her home exhausted, happy, and reasonably clean... what more could I ask for? I would highly recommend this service to anyone with a dog who loves the outdoors.
This is such an awesome company! I send my 8-month-old puppy to their weekly adventures and cannot even begin to describe how much she loves it. She comes back clean, tired, happy, and her recall skills are always improved. I can't say enough good things about this company - if you're considering using their services, don't hesitate! I don't think I can ever move, because I know I won't ever be able to find a place like this again.
My 9-month-old border collie, Doc, is always excited to see his trainer and go on an adventure. She comes back tired and happily sleeps away the afternoon. Doc's behavior is noticeably better since starting to go on adventures with Dog Adventures Northwest - she's having an easier time ignoring other dogs while walking and during hikes, she checks in more when she's off-leash, and she is better at matching the energy levels of other dogs when playing instead of being a furry missile.
We have been sending our 2-year-old Vizsla out on adventures with Dog Adventures Northwest for years now and have been thrilled with the care, attention, and exercise he gets. They really get to know the dogs they works with so that they can individualize their interactions with them. Kona comes back each time with reinforced or new skills, and is even tired for awhile (which for a young Vizsla is saying something). I highly recommend DANW!
Dog Adventures Northwest is the absolute BEST thing we have done for our dog, Archer. We both work full time and having them take Archer out on adventures once or twice per week has been a lifesaver. They even come to our house to pick him up! Plus, his trainer has worked with us on his training so when she has him she can reinforce all those behaviors in a positive way. It's a win-win. Archer is always well cared for and we appreciate the communication. We never worry about a thing! If you are looking for a great group to help with your dog training and exercise needs, call Dog Adventures Northwest.
Our dog looks for her trainer out the window every morning, waiting for his car to pull up because she is so excited to go on an adventure. Her recall has drastically improved, and we are so thankful for the training Dog Adventures Northwest does while on the adventure. It's been worth every penny.
We love Dog Adventures Northwest as much as our seven-month-old lab does. Her trainers are wonderful with our high energy puppy, Winnow. The opportunity to swim, run, fetch, and play with her dog pack is one of the highlights of her week. She has had weekly adventures for months, with plans to continue indefinitely. Her recall has improved noticeably since working with her trainers. The convenience of having Winnow picked up and dropped off, safely and reliably, is a huge plus. To top it off, we get helpful, regular feedback from Winnow's trainers after every session. We feel that it is money well spent on the training, exercise, and fun for our very active pup.
My Corgi pup, Derby, absolutely loves his weekly outings with Dog Adventures Northwest. The trainers provide wonderful experiences that support Derby's ongoing socialization and training. I’ve also seen drastic improvements with his recall and obedience when we go out on our walks!
Dog Adventures Northwest ROCKS! What an amazing service. Our high-energy, 21-month-old, 80 lbs teenage Rhodesian Ridgeback has been with DANW from a young age. She goes on twice weekly adventures, and has the best time while out in amazing nature settings with a small group of dog buddies. She comes home very happy and exhausted. They have convenient scheduling, communication, and billing through their online portal. Tons of pics and a pet report after each adventure. Trainers will let you know about estimated pick-up and drop off time... this service is dialed. Super happy with the other trainers we have used as well and it's obvious they all love their job. Can't say enough great things about DANW.
We can’t say enough about the help that Dog Adventures Northwest has been to us with our two-year-old shy Corgi. They are always willing to go the extra mile to help out with whatever we need, and have been invaluable in helping to train Jameson with recall and general strategies to help him (and therefore us) relax. Every time they go out, Jameson comes back happy and exhausted, and the extra training and socialization has been incredibly helpful in his growth as a puppy. We’re very grateful for the help and support!
I think it's quite possible that Stella just had her best day EVER as a puppy. I'm so thrilled to hear about her learning to swim and of ALL of the great training, particularly her off-leash recall. And of course, socializing her with the kids. I can't tell you what it means to us knowing she's having a wonderful time and in such good hands while we're working. She totally loves Dog Adventures Northwest.
OK, I can't say enough about this amazing group of specialists/trainers/dog whisperers. I trust my dog with them weekly and when we go away. She has had nothing but super positive experiences. They have turned on a dime to accommodate us, and my dog comes back to me happy and tired. Our dog is well adjusted, but when we tried to use a doggy day care, she came back stressed out. This experience has been night and day.
My dog Star has been with Dog Adventures Northwest since she was a puppy and absolutely loves them. In addition to hiking with Star, they have played a role in helping me train her. And they have relieved me of my guilt over having to leave her home during of the day. Star can't wait to be picked up and comes home with a huge smile and ready for a well-deserved nap. Your dog will get to hang out with a well-behaved social pack led by an actual dog trainer and will always come home happy.
Dog Adventures Northwest is an amazing service. We have a high-energy, smart puppy who needs a task to stay focused. These adventures are perfect. They allow for great socialization with a small cohort of dogs while also taking them to a variety of new location and experiences. The staff is caring and passionate about what they do and treat the dogs like their own. Every time our dog sees one of her trainers, she squeals with joy. We feel so lucky to have found this company and look forward to seeing the photos of our pup each week enjoying the fun. Thank you, Dog Adventures Northwest.
My dogs and I LOVE Dog Adventures Northwest! I have two energetic Labradors, and adventures are SO important for keeping them exercised and well behaved. Their adventure services are great, and I can board them without worrying that they're cooped up somewhere, feeling sad. They always have tons of fun, and get lots of love and cuddles.
This is a fantastic service that goes above and beyond traditional dog walking! Dog Adventures Northwest's experienced trainers make sure your pup is well cared for and exercised when you are not able to do so yourself. Their services are so convenient with in-home pick up and drop off. Highly recommend!
We have a 7-month-old Golden Retriever with A LOT of energy. The Adventures through Dog Adventures Northwest have been wonderful for him. He gets to run off-leash with other dogs under the watchful eye of a kind and knowledgeable trainer. Our wonderful trainer is helping our dog learn good recall skills and allows Enzo to burn off lots of energy. The pickup and drop off service make this so easy for us! His trainer always has him cleaned up enough to come in the house without muddy paws. How does he do that? I also really like their scheduling app and weekly communication regarding our dog's adventure. I love this company!
The thought of letting my beloved but headstrong 5-year-old German Shepherd, Kyrie, go out into the world with someone besides me was terrifying. I had recently been working too many hours to give Kyrie the mental and physical stimulation she needed and deserved. I decided to chance it, and really, I have never looked back. I have come to trust all of the trainers completely. Dog Adventures Northwest has immeasurably added to the quality of both Kyrie's life and mine. Kerry chooses her staff and runs her business with the utmost integrity. I have rarely been involved with any service provider whom I trust so implicitly and would recommend so wholeheartedly.
WE LOVE DOG ADVENTURES NORTHWEST! I was very nervous to trust someone with our fur baby, not only just for a day adventure, but for adventure boarding as well.They have been fantastic with our boy, and he absolutely loves them! Our dog is a one year old Golden Retriever that is full of energy. He goes on a weekly adventure, and comes home a very happy and sleepy boy! They always works with him on the adventure (no jumping, recall, etc.) and we get a full update, with pictures each time. It is great socialization for our young boy. I highly recommend Dog Adventures NW!
Dog Adventures Northwest is amazing and we were so lucky to have been referred to them! They've been working on her recall, obedience training, settling down around other dogs, and a host of other skills with her. Her excitement when they come to pick her up is **off the charts** and she comes home tuckered out and ready to nap for the rest of the day. We've also gotten some great training pointers/refreshers ourselves. Can't recommend DANW highly enough!!!
Dog Adventures Northwest is THE BEST. They take our lovable meathead, Donnie Brasco, out to the river once a week. Donnie has lots of energy, loves the water, and hates regular walks. I was so happy to find this service. His trainer always sends pics of the adventure antics. We couldn't be happier with this service!
I can't say enough about the folks at Dog Adventures Northwest. Our boy, Babylon, is an exuberant Lab/Pit mix who’s deep into adolescence. (Read: he listens when he wants to!) Thankfully, his trainer has the patience and energy to keep up with him. Babylon adores his weekly adventures with his trainer and a small crew of dogs. They've also taken care of him several times when we were out of town, and truly do treat him like one of the family. This is a well-run business populated by experienced dog lovers. Highly recommend.
I am beyond grateful to our past trainers for recommending Dog Adventures Northwest to us. At first, my husband and I were very hesitant to let our fur baby out of sight and off leash. The trainers were so sweet, caring, and reassuring. They literally taught our sweet pup to stay off leash near a trainer at all times. Our pup struggled with positive interactions with other dogs. Now she LOVES to play with other dogs, can be off leash, and knows how to check in with us and/or her trainers. Her favorite day is MONDAY, adventure day! We can't even contain her long enough to get her leash on when she sees her trainer. This place is the best!
Dog Adventures Northwest is such an amazing company! The staff is absolutely wonderful, very friendly and easy to work with. The trainers are very professional, attentive and knowledgeable to my dog's needs and training routines. I know my dog is in good hands when he is out on his adventures. Samson comes home with the biggest smile on his face and you can tell he has had the best day. I also get a message after his adventures with the day's recap and some great photos of my dog on his outing. I love the pick up and drop off service, as it makes it all very convenient! I highly recommend this company. They have put their heart and soul into creating an incredible brand.
Dog Adventures Northwest is the BEST. Don't waste your time searching, googling, and testing out other dog care/adventure places. When I first got my puppy, we tried 3 different trainers at different companies, other classes, etc. They just didn't compare. The quality of the adventures and the trainers is just exceptional. They are super on it if there needs to be a substitute, scheduling, or invoicing change. My dog lives an enchanted life with Dog Adventures Northwest while we are at work. It's well worth it. Your dog will be a happier/better dog for it.
Dog Adventures was the answer we didn’t know existed! As first-time dog moms to a high-energy Vizsla pup who developed some dog-dog reactivity, we struggled to get Obi off-leash exercise in a safe way, especially since he tends to range and his recall was pretty spotty. We had tried other non-trainer-led solutions with too many dogs and not enough management and it created more issues than it solved. We were excited about the prospect of adventures being guided and managed by positive trainers with a small number of dogs. Obi has been going on off-leash adventures for the past 6 months and it’s been amazing. His trainer gives thorough reports on how the day went, works with us to resolve any issues, is super communicative and flexible, and works really hard to make sure all the dogs have a great time. Obi’s recall has improved significantly and he’s just a happier boy. He gets so excited on adventure days and the many photos and videos we get from his trainer show how much fun he’s having. Do your pup a favor and sign up for an adventure!
I've been a bit skeptical of dog training/walking services in the past. Will they really work? Is it worth the money? Then I adopted this cutie and he came with some anxiety that was making it difficult to train him on my own. Working with Dog Adventures Northwest has been a dream. On long, rainy days when my kiddo doesn't want to go on a walk, Bailey's trainer comes and takes him on an adventure and he comes home happy and tired! Did I mention Bailey is a puppy? A 50 lbs, 8-month-old, crazy puppy? We've only been working with DANW for a few months and I have already seen major improvements with Bailey’s confidence at dog parks and his ability to judge situations that he should avoid. Now I’m a believer. It IS worth it to have these highly skilled and certified trainers work with your pets. They are trustworthy, friendly, and great to work with. They will even send you updates with photos and descriptions of what happened on the adventure. When Bailey's trainer says “bye, Bailey, I love you” after dropping him back off... I almost lose it, y’all.
Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; American Red Cross Animal First Aid/CPR; VCA Animal First Aid/CPR; Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR; Bachelor of Arts from Brown University
Memberships: Association of Professional Dog Trainers; Pet Sitters International; Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest
Kerry is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, an outdoor enthusiast, and the proud mama of an awesome dog named Obie. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and was voted the "Best Individual Trainer of the Northwest" by Spot Magazine for several years in a row. Kerry received a Bachelor's Degree from Brown University, and regularly attends continuing education classes in the areas of dog behavior and learning.
Kerry believes that many canine behavioral problems could easily be alleviated through proper exercise. While many dog owners often meet their dog's basic needs for food, water, love, and boundaries, the average Portland pooch is under-exercised, getting only one or two short leashed walks per day. The truth of the matter is that most dogs need much more than this. Depending on the age, breed, and health of the dog, most dogs need at least one hour of off-leash exercise every single day! To this end, Kerry started Dog Adventures Northwest to make it easier for people to meet the needs of their four-legged family members. She love dogs, has a thorough understanding of canine behavior, and is an avid adventurer, so it was a natural undertaking. Since its inception in the Summer of 2011, there have been many miles of happy trails and even more happy tails.
Kerry uses she/her pronouns.