Not only do we train puppies and dogs, but we train their people too! With our constructive and affirmative training approaches, we make the training process a fun and inviting one for both you and your pup. This way, not only does your dog get the training he or she needs to become your dream pet, but you understand how your dog learns best.
Paws 4 Training believes the best environments for dogs and their owners to learn are safe, inviting, and of course, fun! That’s why we offer different training environments for different needs, including both private training sessions and group training sessions for basic obedience. This way, you can get the help you need with training in the environment you and your pup are most confident in.
Has your dog already gone through puppy or basic training, but you’re still concerned about other areas of training? For example, leash training or introducing your dog to a new baby on the way? If so, we offer specialized training classes and seminars to help prepare you and your furry friend for a life of safety and obedience.
Our mission is to help people establish a relationship with their puppies and dogs that revolves around trust, communication, and understanding. Not only do we love dogs, but we love giving their owners the tools and education they need to practice effective training! Let us help you establish the relationship you want with your dog and help you and your dog both get the skills needed for a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Susan Oshie, the owner of Paws4training, puts her vast knowledge and experience to work training dogs and puppies to be well-mannered pets. Susan is a professional dog trainer and a Licensed Veterinary Technician with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Her training experience includes head trainer and teaching puppy classes at Sound Animal Services. She taught puppy classes at Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle and was an instructor at Downtown Dog Lounge conducting puppy socialization, basic/intermediate obedience, beginning agility and Canine Good Citizen classes.
Before starting Paws4training, Susan began her career at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital and then went on to be a licensed Veterinary Technician. She worked as a surgical tech at the Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, Green Lake Animal Hospital, and Eastlake Veterinary Hospital.
Susan’s dog training and vet tech experience have enhanced her passion for promoting the health and well being of animals. Her invaluable skills have helped many dogs to become well-trained pets that their owners are proud to live with. Susan continues her education by attending seminars and workshops presented by top trainers and behaviorists in the field such as Dr. Ian Dunbar Ph.D., Terry Ryan, CPDT, and Pia Silvani CPDT. Jean Donaldson, Ken Rameiz, Kath Sado
Susan is very empathetic to new puppy owners. She has experience puppyhood and adolescence with many wonderful dogs over the years. Frannie and Chelsie keep Susan busy and delighted with all their antics!
– In September 2011, Susan passed the Certification exam for Professional Pet Dog Trainers – Knowledge Assessed. (CPDT-KA)
– Member of Association of Professional Dog Trainers
– IAABC-International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Recognizing dogs as a lifelong passion, Erika started volunteering with the Seattle Humane Society. Here she continued to gain experience and insight and decided to make canine behavior and training a full-time pursuit, graduating and earning her certificate from the Northwest School of Canine Studies (https://www.northwestschoolofcaninestudies.com) in November 2015. As a training professional her goal is to help bridge the gap between dogs and their owners, aiding both in developing the skills necessary to live full, harmonious lives in each other’s company.
Erika specializes in puppy training, helping young dogs with socialization and life skills needed to explore and thrive in our complex world. She’s looking forward to combining training and puppy play in Paws4training Puppy Day Camp!
Hannah (she/her) is a lifelong dog lover and an eager student of all things positive reinforcement. She’s currently enrolled in the Karen Prior Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional course. Her passion is in teaching and demystifying positive reinforcement as a means for dogs and humans to build strong, healthy relationships through science-based training, communication, and foundational skills.
In addition to her love for dogs, Hannah is an artist and illustrator, graduating with a BA in Studio Art from Pacific University. Her dream is to combine her passions for animals, art, and education to share knowledge in fun and informative ways with learners of all ages!
In her free time, Hannah draws, does metalwork, and spends time in the outdoors with her friends, family, and her own very special dog Russell.
Becky Johnson has lived her entire life in the Pacific Northwest, shadowed by many furry friends as she grew up. Her love of dog training started with her border collie, Skye, who she adopted at 9 years old. Skye taught Becky an incredible amount in regards to bonding and building a training relationship between dog and handler. Becky is a firm believer in the power of play with your dog. Whether with toys or treats, you should always have that special friendship with your canine partner. Becky has trained at numerous locations around the PNW, though she calls home Arlington. Previously she has instructed agility, dock diving, reactivity seminars, puppy basics, and more. Her favorite is working one on one with puppies – nothing is better than watching a pup grasp how fun training can be for the first time! In her free time, she competes on a national level in multiple sports with her lurcher, Heathen, and whippet Heiress. Heathen is a Multi-National Champion and world record holder in the sport of dock diving. Heiress is an up-and-coming agility star, as well as a recreational racing lover. Becky also loves to hike and spend time with her family, including eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, Pivot, who was her first serious partner in sports. Pivot showed her the competitive world and since then Becky has never looked back! It’s thanks to these three dogs that she is who she is, and she couldn’t thank them enough for the journey they have taken her on.