Our training focuses on leadership, which we do not confuse with dominance.
Joyce Biethan worked as a licensed Physical Therapist in the Seattle area for 25 years. In 2001, she started her dog training business, and in 2004 she decided to take on dog training full time. Joyce moved home to the Portland/Vancouver area in 2007 to continue pursuing her passion for training “Both Ends of the Leash.”
We emphasize leadership, not dominance. They are two entirely different philosophies of training, and we see no place for dominance when training dogs.
Dog training involves teaching the human end of the leash as well as the dog end.
Most good family dogs thrive in an environment where there are clear rules and direction. Otherwise, many dogs end up doing what comes naturally. And often what comes naturally for a dog isn’t acceptable within the human family group.
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Training dogs in the Northwest for over 15 years
Joyce Biethan MPT, CPDT, owner and CEO of Joyce’s Dogs, has a 15 year history of providing a wide range of canine training services to house pets and competition dogs. In 2001 she left her 25 year career as a Physical Therapist to pursue full-time her passion for training both ends of the leash
In the Summer of 2007 Joyce moved from Seattle back to the Portland area. She had several goals in mind including opening a much needed Warm Water Swim Center for dogs. She also wanted to continue with her strongest passion for training, “Both Ends of the Leash.” In late 2009 She was captured by the new sport of K-9 Nose Work and on the path to Instructor Certification since that time.
Joyce has studied and experienced a wide range of dog training techniques and philosophies over the years. From 2004 until she moved to the Portland area she trained and studied with Dawn Jecs, learning as much as she could about Dawn’s, “Choose to Heel” foundation as well as many competitive dog sports training techniques.
Joyce has owned mixed breeds, sporting, toy and herding dogs. Her current pack includes:
- Mick, a work-a-holic dog, is almost 14 years old is and glad to be out of retirement and training in K9 Nose Work. A Border Collie/Aussie cross, Mick holds advanced titles in AKC and UKC Obedience, Rally, Agility, and flyball.
- Rider, a nearly 8 year old Belgian Sheepdog is Joyce’s “challenging” dog. Joyce often states that he has taught her way more than she ever thought she needed to know about dog training! He has led her to believe the best continuing education for a dog trainer must include living with and training a difficult dog.
- Simon, a rescued Silky Terrier, “hit the jackpot” when he came to live with Joyce in Feb ’07. Joyce often states, “Simon doesn’t know anything because he doesn’t need to.” He is inherently polite, and naturally follows the rules of the household.
Joyce has shared her life with two other dogs. Ashley was a yearling when she came to live with Joyce. She was a golden Retriever and Joyce’s first competition dog. As a novice team they obtained a UDX and 6 Dog World Awards during the 4 years they were together. Sadly, Ashley died suddenly of Cancer before her 5th birthday and 4 weeks after she retired from obedience competition. Joyce’s first Belgian Sheepdog, Echo, had multiple and rare medical issues that finely took his life at just over 6 years of age.
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