Private Training, Adventures, and Adventure Boarding
Certifications: Certification for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT); Melanie Monteiro's Dog CPR, First Aid, and Safety for Pet Pros; Pet Tech, Pet CPR & First Aid
Memberships: Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Dog Adventures Northwest
Mindy's greatest love in life has been dogs. Fifteen years ago, Mindy adopted two rescue Golden Retriever mix littermates, along with her partner. Those sweet brothers, Chico and Bear, dealt with dog reactivity issues, and Mindy worked with them to extensively to address such a complex problem. After years of dedication and patience, they were able to adjust to the company of other dogs in a calm manner. Chico and Bear crossed the rainbow bridge last year, just months apart, at the sweet old doggy age of 16.
Mindy was heart-broken, but decided to adopt again, this time a cattle dog-herding-puppy of many breeds from Texas. She and her partner named him Japhy Ryder. Determined to socialize him at a young age, and faced with the challenges of socializing a puppy in the winter of Covid, Mindy hit the streets of her Mt. Tabor neighborhood searching for other puppies and dogs for Japhy to play with. She spent the first year of his life training, hiking, and creating puppy play groups, and realized she absolutely loved spending all day with dogs. This is how she came across Dog Adventures Northwest... and now she is so excited to finally be spending her days doing what she loves!
Mindy has done volunteer work with the Oregon Humane Society, The Pongo Fund, and Paw Team. She believes all dogs should be treated with love, compassion and kindness, and is focused on continuing education in science-based, positive reinforcement dog training.
Mindy uses she/her pronouns.