Big Tykes (25-55lbs)


This class is taught by:

Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA

Wonder Trainer 
Kira is Wonder Puppy’s newest edition, joining the team in 2016. Her passions include working with the herding, sporting, and working breeds, and she has experience in competition obedience and agility with her own dogs. Kira has been working with dogs since her teenage years when her pups, Opus, a senior Beagle, and Brody, an Australian Cattle Dog, inspired her to learn more about canine body language and effective interspecies communication. More recently, she enjoyed working with goats on commercial farms before moving back home to Portland and building a career working with dogs. Kira now lives in SE Portland with her partner, a school of fish, and their two canine companions - a sweet Pointer mix, Dax and an eager Miniature American Shepherd, Bear.
 
Specialties Include: Bringing Puppy Home, Socialization, Basic Skills, Common Puppy Issues, Appropriate Play, Introducing New Family Members, Good Puppy Course, Great Puppy Course, Leash Reactivity

Casey Newton, CPDT-KA

Owner, Wonder Trainer 
Casey is the founder and owner of Wonder Puppy. She is a national-award winner in the field of dog training; an internationally-recognized expert and speaker on canine behavior and training for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers; the Curriculum Director for Whole Dog Academy, a non-profit dedicated to improving the human-canine bond; and has helped build Wonder Puppy into a respected, four-time award-winning dog training business. In Casey’s twelve years as a professional trainer, she has had many adventures - from working with Autism Service Dogs and their families to being a Hollywood set trainer and appearing on reality TV shows.
 
Casey is from Knoxville, Tennessee and has a background in Psychology and animal behavior research from the College of Charleston, SC and the University of Tennessee. She draws much of her knowledge from growing up as an only child in a household where her siblings were the dogs her parents showed - German Shepherds, Borzois, and Mini-Dachshunds.
 
Today, Casey’s biggest inspiration is her wonder collie, Jackson, and a desire to make a positive change in how people relate to their canine companions.
  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology, focus in Ethology
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed
  • Director of Curriculum for Whole Dog Academy
  • Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Four-time top ten winner of the Spot Magazine's Best in the Biz Awards
  • Speaker at APDT Chile National Conference (2014, 2015)
  • Speaker at APDT USA National Conference (2012, 2013)
  • TV host for animal shelter reality TV show, Animal House 
  • Featured dog trainer for TLC Series, Little People Big World 
  • Interviewed on KGW Channel 8 and KPTV Fox12 news
  • Featured in stories for the Oregonian and La Opinion
  • Set Trainer for the IFC series, Portlandia
  • National Winner of the APDT Dr Robert Curan NewTrix Award (2011)
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Primary Level TAGteach Certificate from TAGteach International
Specialties include: Puppy Search, Bringing Puppy Home, Socialization, Basic Skills, Common Puppy Issues, Appropriate Play, Introducing New Family Members, Good Puppy Course, Great Puppy Course, General Anxiety/Fearfulness
WoGo®Social Puppy is the most important first class you will ever take with your puppy! In this class, you will have two trainers to assist you through the process of early socialization. It includes play, relaxation, connection with you around other puppies, and worldly socialization exercises. It's called WoGo because it balances the "go-go-go" with "whoa"... slow down, connect with me, and relax. It teaches your puppy how to soften her mouth, build self confidence, and develop impulse control ...and teaches you and your puppy how to speak dog! There is an emphasis on parent education to show you what to do if your puppy becomes nervous or overly-excited, and to ensure that your dog can be trusted in social situations. First-time attendees receive a socialization assessment and will be given a copy to take home. Classes are by size: Tiny Tykes (up to 12lbs), Little Tykes (12-25lbs), & Big Tykes (25-55lbs)

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Aug 23 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Class Full
    Fri Aug 25 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Aug 27 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Wed Aug 30 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Fri Sep 01 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Sep 03 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Wed Sep 06 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Fri Sep 08 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Sep 10 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Wed Sep 13 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Fri Sep 15 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Sep 17 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Wed Sep 20 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Fri Sep 22 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Sep 24 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Wed Sep 27 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Fri Sep 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Oct 01 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Wed Oct 04 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Fri Oct 06 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA