23 hours ago
About the trainer: my name is Brie Blakeman, CPDT-KA, I am a certified professional dog trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. I apparently have no problem mixing plaid with subtle tie dye and I grew up with an affinity for animals. As a child, I trained my family’s standard poodles, rats and parrots, also spending some years training Western trail horses to perform Dressage/hunter jumper.
After graduating from my Bachelor’s in Arts, and before becoming a certified trainer, I thrived in a successful career as both a painter (art here: @lunabrie ) and a performing artist. For over a decade I performed as a circus acrobat and hula hoop artist ( @lunahoops ) captivating audiences as near as Portland, OR and as far as New Delhi, India. During my tours I educated diverse crowds of up to 500 people on the art of dance, hula hooping, and occasionally aerial arts. It was during this time that I honed my skill to break down complex techniques into easily accessible skills for people of all ages and backgrounds.
After adopting Yuka, my Siberian Husky with some challenging behavior, my passion and focus took a new turn and I decided to focus on dog training. I immersed myself in the study of animal behavior sciences, and pursued my professional dog training certificate acquiring over 300 hours of hands on experience in under one year. I believe my background as a public speaker, artist, and educator has given me a unique ability to recognize subtle shifts that need to be made in a dog-human relationship, equated with the communication skills needed to break down otherwise abstruse concepts and methodologies, into practical everyday use.
Alongside running my own business, I teach a variety of group classes at The Oregon Humane Society, helping clients understand and address behaviors like hyperactivity and reactivity. When I am not teaching, Yuka and I enjoy the sport of Mushing, Rally Obedience, and trick training. Yuka has been the best teacher I could’ve ever asked for.