What We Do

Tug Dogs offers professional dog training and behavior modification treatment designed to make it easier to live and adventure with your dog. Our professional staff of trainers are highly educated, experienced, and dedicated in the craft of dog training and in educating you in how you can support your dog’s positive habit changes.

Where can I get help?

Most dog owners will never know that the dog training industry is completely unregulated. This means there are NO standards of experience, education, or ethical commitments made to how your dog will be treated and trained unless you seek out a highly skilled and professional trainer. It also means no one is watching how your trainer actually trains your dog. This means the responsibility of hiring a top quality trainer who not only sounds good in their marketing material but also has the real skills and passion for dog training rests solely on your shoulders. It is a failed system that puts you in the terrible position of blindly choosing a dog trainer with little to no information about what to look for and how to get the best care and results for your dog.

The truth is that bad dog training is rampant and can range from simply a waste of your time and money to your dog being abused. As the industry grows, it attracts more and more self proclaimed trainers who are singularly focused on what’s in your wallet instead of what’s on the end of your leash. We are always disheartened and outraged (but no longer surprised) to hear about the terrible experiences our clients and their dogs have endured before finding us all in the name of helping their dogs.


And then there’s Tug Dogs.

It doesn’t have to be that way. At Tug Dogs, we pride ourselves are holding our trainers to the highest standards of training experience and education so that we can help you meet your training goals. Our dedication shows in our longevity, positive reviews, and community ties with countless rescue organizations, shelters, and dog related groups. Tug Dogs trainers have rightfully earned our reputation of being top quality dog trainers who provide our clients with the best training available and the support needed to be successful. Owned and operated by professionally certified dog trainer Erin Kramer, Tug Dogs has been in operation for over a decade and has become one of the most recognized dog training businesses on the West Coast. Our team of trainers are hand selected, trained in house to meet high Tug Dogs standards, and perform ongoing education and quality assessments all so that we be sure you are getting the very best for your dog.

Because of our focus on dog behavior and training education and skills, Tug Dogs trainers have the expertise to work with severely behaviorally challenged dogs that other trainers won’t accept. Our focus is not just getting anyone to sign up so we can cash their check, but is instead on learning about you and your needs, creating a treatment plan that you understand, and providing expert coaching through the training process so that you can finally get the results you and your dog deserve!

We will never promise over night successes or that you won’t have any work to do at home because those are simply marketing strategies that just aren’t true. Instead, we will provide you with the best information and guidance, a customized training plan built just for your dog, and the expert support needed to make your dog’s positive habits stick.

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