Lil' Tykes (12-25lbs)


This class is taught by:

Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA

Wonder Trainer 
Kira joined the Wonder Puppy 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 - for puppies 9-20 weeks of age! Far from your standard playgroup, WoGo is not just about being socially confident, it's also about being socially appropriate. It's about balancing the "go-go-go" with the "whoa!" so your puppy learns how to self-regulate when nervous or over-excited. Each session includes two trainers who will help you navigate playtime, breaks, connection with you around other puppies, and worldly socialization exercises. It will help teach your puppy how to soften her mouth, build self confidence, and develop impulse control ...and it will teach you both how to speak dog!

When should you start? ASAP after 9 weeks of age. You only get one puppyhood and the first 20 weeks the most critical time, so don't miss out. It's kind of like getting puppy vaccines for preventing fearfulness, biting, barking and aggression. Classes are by size: Tiny Tykes (up to 12lbs), Little Tykes (12-25lbs), & Big Tykes (25-55lbs)

Level: Beginner
Ages: 9 weeks to 5 months
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $25 per Session, or 5-Session Package for $115
Cancelation Policy: 24 hours notice to receive credit or refund. To cancel: log in, go to the day you have scheduled, and click "cancel".
Vaccination Requirement: First set of puppy shots + 7 days. Click here for Veterinarian Recommendation.
*If your puppy has had ANY sneezing, coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea, or lethargy within 24 hours, you may not attend class.
*This class is not for every puppy. Some puppies don't enjoy being enclosed in a small space with other youngsters. Some will prefer less stimulating environments, nature and/or older dogs. We let the puppies tell us what will help them best, and sometimes that's a good referral out. We will recommend whatever will help them thrive the best!:)

WP Recommendations:
-Dogs need a minimum of 20 positive play experiences by 20 weeks of age with 20 different pups - at least 2 times per week during their critical brain development.
-For best results, take the Good Puppy Course for basic training, aand read "Calming Signals" by Turid Rugaas.
-Do not go to dog parks while attending this program. We recommend no dog parks until after 20 weeks of age. This will help protect our puppies from parasites, viruses, and behavioral set-backs.


Upcoming classes:

  • Class Full
    Tue Aug 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Class Full
    Sun Aug 26 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Class Full
    Tue Aug 28 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Class Full
    Sun Sep 02 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Class Full
    Tue Sep 04 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Class Full
    Sun Sep 09 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Tue Sep 11 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Sep 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Tue Sep 18 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Sep 23 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Tue Sep 25 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Sep 30 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Tue Oct 02 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Oct 07 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Tue Oct 09 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Oct 14 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Tue Oct 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Oct 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA
  • Tue Oct 23 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kira Moyer, CPDT-KA
  • Sun Oct 28 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Casey Newton, CPDT-KA