Professional dog training in the Greater Portland area 




Adding a puppy to the family is such an exciting adventure! We want to be there every step of the way. Did you know puppies do not mature until 1.5 to 2 years of age? We will be there to help you through the socialization, desensitization, jumping, biting, and psychological development of your pup! 

  • Socialization Check List 

  • Potty Training 

  • 2-3 Months of one on one training

  • Puppies 4 months and younger

  • 8 commands as well as name recognition: Sit, stay, place, wait, out, down, come when called, and loose leash walking

  • Curbs unwanted behavior like jumping, running away, biting/nipping, chewing, and counter surfing

  • Eligible for payment plan

  • Unlimited email & phone support 

  • Unlimited group classes & private facebook group




Is walking your dog a workout? Is your dog lunging, barking, or pulls on the leash then this program is for you! You and your pup will learn to walk politely next to each other regardless of obstacles and distractions. 

  • Training is on Wednesdays & Saturdays

  • 4-6 One on one sessions 

  • 7 Commands: Heel, sit, stay, down, begin come when called, place, no, out, and wait 

  • Curbs unwanted behavior such as jumping, barking, nipping, leash reactivity 

  • Eligible for payment plan

  • Unlimited email & phone support 

  • Unlimited access to group classes & private facebook group 




Does your dog jump on people, excessively bark, drag you down the street during walks, or doesn’t come when called? Then this program is for you! No more yelling or chasing after your dog. This program will give you complete control over your dog while letting your dog have freedom to be a dog. Your pooch will reliably come when called, be more well-mannered around the house, and others will compliment you on such an obedient pooch!  

  • Training is Wednesday & Saturday for 3-4 weeks

  • 8 commands: go play, heel, sit, out, stay, wait, come when called, place, and down

  • Curbs unwanted behavior like jumping, counter surfing, and chewing

  • Eligible for payment plan 

  • Unlimited email and phone support 

  • Unlimited group classes & private facebook group



Once your pooch has completed one of our training programs then they are cleared to use our extra services! 

  • Thursday Refresher Days 

    • We pick up your pup between 8AM-10AM ​

    • Drop off between 3PM-5PM 

    • Practice commands in public such as restaurant patios, local parks, swimming, and off leash come when called 

    • $32 per day or 10 days for $288

  • Friday Hike Days $65

    • We pick up your pooch between 7AM-8AM ​

    • Drop off between 5PM-7PM

    • Practice Commands on trails in Mount Hood, the Coast (Cannon Beach is a fav), and in the Tillamook





We rescued a German Shepherd who would snap and try to attack any person or animal that overwhelmed her... which was pretty much all of them. She and our other dog got into fights several times, we were ready to give up but decided that Heather & Kevin were our last shot. Now, after lots of patience and heather’s incredible direction - Nova is our best behaved dog. Nova comes outside with us off leash and has the fastest recall of any of our dogs. She instantly responds to “here” and comes to my side. I never would have imagined that I could trust her the way that I do now! Thank you Heather & Kevin!! There are no words!!

Talulah Rae

Pooches Pals was so great with our Corgi, Talulah Rae (Lula). We've improved her response time to commands, her recall, no more leash pulling, barking, and feel like we have the tools we need to continue to improve with Lula while the trainers can't be around. They sent us cute videos while they were with Lula, and checked in on us between sessions, Heather and Kevin really cared about the success of our sweet pup!


I cannot say enough good things about Heather & Kevin. Before my partner and I found Pooches and Pals, we were at our wits ends with our dog Iverson. It was a sad position to be in because we had a dog who we loved so much but could not get through to. Iverson was very people and dog aggressive (growling, lunging, barking, fighting with other dogs) . We could not even enjoy a walk around the neighborhood without him lunging and barking aggressively at literally every person he would see. Before we found Heather & Kevin, we spent near three thousand dollars on training for Iverson. As soon as I talked to Heather on the phone, she understood our frustrations and immediately told me she wanted to get Ivy to his full potential.They truly saved our relationship with our dog. So if you're reading this and are convinced that your dog is impossible PLEASE reach out to Pooches and Pals.



Kevin and Heather van Leeuwen are originally from Arlington, Texas. They now reside in West Linn, Oregon with their five dogs; Stella the Belgian Malinois, Walter the Corgi, Honey the Corgi, Arlo the German Shepherd and Patot the Maltese. They spend their time between Texas and Oregon training.


Heather has been involved in the dog world since 2011 when she began fostering. In 2014 she became a trainer under her mentor, Bunny Brown Snyder, who trained hunting dogs more than 30 years. She has experience with dogs of all ages, breeds, behaviors, and circumstances. She has completed a Dog Behavior and Psychology courses and holds a business degree from Tarrant County College. 

Kevin has been involved in the dog and hunting world since 2006. Kevin has always been a firm believer in balanced dog training. With his background, Kevin has the experience and skills to handle a wide range of aggression cases. Kevin spends his free time running with their shepherds and holds a bachelor's degree in Horticulture. He hopes to combine plants and dogs one day. 

Both Kevin and Heather pride themselves on being forever students and are always looking for ways to grow their skills. They enjoy attending seminars and learning from other trainers across the world. 



Our tagline is "Where Your Pets Are Family" and it is no coincidence as to why. We pride ourselves on building relationships and not transactions. We understand that your pooch's are your baby's and they will be treated no differently while in our care. 

We offer free continuing education through our group classes that are held twice a month on Saturdays. Once your pooch has completed any of our one on one programs then you are welcome to join any of our group classes for the life of your pup at no extra charge. 

We are dedicated to teaching all of our students! We have in-depth sessions with detailed instructions on how to practice when the trainers are not around. We aim to make our clients the dog trainers. Once you train with us, you will have the knowledge and skills to train your next dog! 

Pooches Pals trains in the real world. We come to you, practice in the environments where you want to take your pup, then we teach the pawrents all the skills to work through any obstacles. Are you dreaming of a pooch you can take to the patio, on a hike off leash, or to the coast? We will go with you in order for you to feel the most confidence handling your pup regardless of the world around them.