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Dog Gone Smarter LLC

A Life Coach For Your Dog

Dog Gone Smarter LLC

Our Mission

At Dog Gone Smarter LLC, our mission is to elevate the field of dog behavioral consulting and professional dog training in Oregon. We are dedicated to promoting dogs’ well-being, happiness, and overall health through ethical practices and scientifically-backed methods. Our approach is rooted in Positive Reinforcement techniques, ensuring that training is effective and humane.

We strictly adhere to the principles of Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) practices, which prioritize the welfare of the dog while minimizing stress and discomfort. Our commitment to these standards reflects our belief that the best results are achieved when training is conducted compassionately and respectfully.

Our Philosophy

We believe in meticulously studying and applying scientific methodologies to manage and modify animal behavioral problems. Our approach not only addresses these issues effectively but also strengthens the bond and communication between the dog, its owner, and the entire family. Through our commitment to science-based techniques, we aim to create a harmonious and understanding relationship that enhances the well-being of both pets and their human companions.

We are dedicated to continuous learning and professional development to stay at the forefront of advancements in animal behavior science. Integrating the latest research and best practices into our training programs ensures that our methods are humane and effective. Our mission is to empower dog owners with the knowledge and skills to foster a positive and lasting connection with their pets, promoting a lifetime of mutual trust and happiness.

Our Approach

At Dog Gone Smarter LLC, we employ a proprietary training methodology rooted in the latest advancements in animal behavioral science. Our unique approach centers on LIMA-approved Positive Reinforcement techniques, enabling us to address behavioral issues without overt negative reinforcement effectively. This commitment to humane and scientifically backed methods ensures that our training is effective and compassionate, promoting a positive and nurturing environment for every dog we work with.

Our training programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of each dog and owner, ensuring personalized attention and customized solutions. By focusing on building trust and communication between dogs and their owners, we create a foundation for lasting behavioral improvements and a stronger bond. Our trainers are highly skilled and continually educated in current and ethical training practices, ensuring we provide the best possible care and guidance. At Dog Gone Smarter LLC, we believe in empowering owners with the tools and knowledge necessary to maintain and reinforce positive behaviors, fostering a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with their pets.

Read What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

  • Dog Gone Smarter is simply exceptional! I had to sign up Ollie for a training course as he began exhibiting fear and hostility towards family members during visits. The situation worsened to the point where I was forced to confine Ollie in the restroom each time my nieces or nephew dropped by. Erik and Anthony of Dog Gone Smarter have a remarkable way with Ollie. Ollie took an instant liking to them, which is unusual considering his usual reluctance towards unfamiliar faces. Earlier, Ollie would pounce on my nephew, even leaving a scratch on him once. Now, he patiently sits and anticipates Ryan's approach to greet him. If your dog is dealing with behavioral challenges or if you're looking for guidance on raising a well-behaved pup, Dog Gone Smarter is highly recommended.

    Veronica Mabie Avatar Veronica Mabie
    April 27, 2024

    Dog Gone Smarter is an incredible company. I have gained a wealth of knowledge about my dog. My Pitbull, named Indy used to exhibit problematic behavior, such as jumping on family and friends and even lunging at strangers in the park for seemingly minor reasons. However, those days are behind us now. Indy no longer displays aggressive behavior towards strangers and has completely ceased her habit of jumping on people. I wholeheartedly endorse Dog Gone Smarter. Erik and Anthony are compassionate, considerate, and truly exceptional when it comes to working with dogs. I am sincerely grateful to DGS for their remarkable assistance!

    Rebecca Beck Avatar Rebecca Beck
    April 27, 2024

    Eric and Anthony take the time to listen to the owners to create a personalized training plan for your dog.

    Gary Smith Avatar Gary Smith
    January 27, 2024

    Erik and Anthony have taken our dog from a snarling cujo to merely an anxious nincompoop in about half the sessions we purchased. During our intake session I was terrified they'd say he was too fear reactive and aggressive, but they took him on and I am so grateful! While our dodo dog has a ways to go still, I'm confident that Erik and Anthony will turn him into as much calm, relaxed pup as he can become.

    Stacey Arnold Avatar Stacey Arnold
    September 27, 2023
  • I have a 6 month standard poodle /Malinois mix who is super smart playful and full of energy. We needed some help with training I was referred to DonegoneSmarter. Anthony and Eric are awesome trainers they provided our pup with the training that will shape him into an amazing dog. We have seen so much improvement in the last few weeks it is helping our daily walks easier and more enjoyable. I would highly recommend!!!

    Minda S Avatar Minda S
    May 27, 2023

    Anthony and Erik are great with the dogs. They are very helpful.

    Natalie Vaughn Avatar Natalie Vaughn
    May 27, 2023

    Erik and Anthony are wonderful! Erik has been an immense help in training our pup, Enzo. Enzo is calm, well behaved on walks with us - and has developed strong recall skills. Both Erik and Anthony are super-dependable, which has been incredibly helpful when we are working from home.

    Y B Avatar Y B
    May 27, 2023

    Erik and Anthony are wonderful with my dogs. They show compassion and kindness with their dog training.

    Natalie Vaughn Avatar Natalie Vaughn
    May 27, 2023

Meet Our Staff

Erik Muenker, DCBA RPDT
Dog Behaviorist, Dog Trainer
Owner, Dog Gone Smarter LLC

Erik Muenker is an experienced Dog Behaviorist and Professional Dog Trainer with decades of expertise. His work spans basic obedience training to advanced certifications for companion and service dogs. Erik has also published numerous articles on dog behavior and training techniques, and a book titled “The Brain Game: Change The Way You And Your Dog Thinks” will be published in late 2024.

Renowned as a pioneer in animal behavioral consulting, Erik is celebrated for his exceptional ability to modify the behavior of even the most frightened, aggressive, and anxious canines. His unique approach and deep understanding of dog behavior have earned him widespread recognition and respect.

Anthony Rivas, RPDT
Registered Professional Dog Trainer
Dog Gone Smarter LLC

Anthony Rivas is an exceptionally talented and effective Professional Dog Trainer who plays an integral role at Dog Gone Smarter LLC. With years of experience and a deep understanding of animal behavior, Anthony’s expertise is indispensable to our clients in Washington County.

Specializing in LIMA-based positive reinforcement techniques, Anthony’s unique background in training working ranch dogs adds immense value to our team. He collaborates closely with our dog behaviorist to customize training methods to meet your pup’s specific needs, ensuring quick and effective results.

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