Meet Our Training Family

At Training Spot, you’re not just a client – you’re family! Each of us is here because of our shared passion for working with animals and the people who live with and love them. Our mission is to make training fun and enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.
Jen Biglan

I have a passion for fostering connections between people and dogs, facilitating shared learning experiences, and nurturing lasting relationships.

After graduating from the University of Oregon, Jen began volunteering at an animal shelter and discovered her true calling. 20 years later, Jen is one of just eight Certified Dog Behavior Consultants in the state of Oregon, a Licensed Family Dog Mediator, and Karen Pryor Academy Faculty member. Jen works together with pet guardians to find simple solutions that enhance their lives.

Specialty: Puppies, Dogs and Kids, Resource Guarding, Multi-Dog Conflicts, Leash Reactivity, Behavior Problems, and Advanced Training

Qualifications

  • Karen Pryor Academy Faculty
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
  • Licensed Family Dog Mediator
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
Tera James

Tera has always had a passion for animals – especially dogs. When her dog Scout was showing signs of behavior issues, she went looking for the most highly referred specialist in the region, Jen Biglan. After watching and working with Jen to modify Scout’s behavior using positive reinforcement and other techniques, Tera knew she wanted to educate dog owners – dedicating her time and energy to creating a better outcome for area families and dogs. Today, Tera teaches the importance of early socialization to ward off behavior problems in her popular puppy classes. Her Good Dog classes are fun and effective. Helping dogs integrate into a new home is one of her specialties.

Specialty: Puppies, Teenagers, Behavior, and Acupressure

Qualifications

  • Animal Acupressure Practitioner
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Animal Behavior College Graduate (ABC Trainer)
  • Certified Puppy Start Right Instructor
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

Teaching dog owners a better way to communicate with their dogs and help alleviate stressful situations is incredibly rewarding.

Ellis Holland

I love dog training because it helps people connect, understand and love their dogs even more.

Ellis has worked in the veterinary industry for over 10 years. They say the best part of their days have always been giving training advice and helping to ensure patients’ visits are as stress-free as possible. Ellis fell in love with dog training at the age of 12 when they took a childhood dog to group training classes. Thanks to training, they watched her transform from a fearful dog to a happy confident member of the family. Since then, they started learning everything they could about training and animal behavior. They are passionate in the belief that training should aways be fun for the person and the dog!

Qualifications

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certified until March 2022
  • Proud Pet Parent of 2 dogs
Ava Schauer

Positive reinforcement based training kindly fosters curiosity, confidence, and cooperation between people and their puppies.

Ava Schauer believes in sharing her skillset to foster curiosity, confidence, and cooperation between people and dogs in her community. Ava began her dog training journey over 8 years ago when she began mentoring with Training Spot. Since then, she has gained her KPA-CTP certification and completed the Puppy Start Right course for instructors. Ava has a special training interest in puppy behavior, socialization, and helping puppies learn to thrive in a human world.

Qualifications

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Puppy Start Right Instructor
Annette Cutsforth

I love to help people improve their relationships through better communication and understanding of their dogs.

Annette is dedicated to helping clients understand their dogs and what might motivate their behavior. Her goal is to make training fun, stress-free, and to find strategies that are easy to implement in daily life. Annette teaches good manners, leash skills, coming when called, calm greetings, relaxation, and has a special interest in helping shy/fearful dogs.

Specialties: Basic manners, leash skills, come, calm greetings, relaxation, and shy/fearful dogs.

Qualifications

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
  • Certified Family Dog Mediator

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