Nakama Dog Training
Make Your Dog a Lifelong Companion!
Nakama Dog Training uses force-free, science-based methods to help you and your dog build and maintain a healthy, happy relationship. With Nakama Dog Training, you know you and your dog will be treated with respect, compassion and understanding. Each session will be designed to keep everyone as relaxed, happy and safe as possible, while also learning and having fun doing it! Contact me today to schedule a session and be on your way to realizing your dog's full potential!
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Meet Your Trainer
Hayley Martinez is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) under the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), as well as a co-founder of Force Free Oregon.
Hayley has been working with dogs professionally since 2005, when she started her own neighborhood pet-sitting business walking and feeding dogs. Since then, she has worked with dogs in doggie daycares, pet stores, veterinary clinics, animal shelters and in training classes and private sessions under three different trainers before starting her own business in 2016.
Hayley currently lives in Beaverton, OR with her husband Omar, her cat Naya and her Chihuahua mix Kylo.
What People Say About Nakama Dog Training
"We had a great experience with Hayley. She gave us lots of good information...she gave us hope of a light at the end of a the tunnel with our dog."
..."We moved from the country to the city and our dogs, mainly our old man, have had a rough adjustment! NDT helped us with ways for our dogs' walks to be so much less stressful & we have seen such huge improvements in behavior in general!...I'd recommend a home visit to anyone and everyone!"
"Quick response, gentle and effective approach, very easy to work with. Very pleased with the results of so far!"
"You can definitely trust Hayley with your furry babies. She is kind, gentle & loving with a soft demeanor. Animals & humans take to Hayley without fear of being abused...I recommend you use Nakama Dog Training!"
"Hayley was wonderful & very helpful with our boxer puppy...the training tools she gave us we still employ today & have seen excellent results with our puppy."
"Hayley was experienced, professional & exactly what we were looking for in a trainer...she had so many tools to help us better the relationship with our dog & now he's calmer than ever!"
"I'm so glad we hired Hayley! She has helped us a bunch with our new fearful rescue pup...we are definitely seeing progress but more importantly, we are learning how to read situations & behaviors & that will help us in the long run!"
"Hayley is fantastic! She worked with my partner and I in preparation for our puppy. We have a senior dog who is dog aggressive even with puppies & with Hayley's patience and dedication we're making great progress. She was super committed to helping us & even met us to pick up the puppy & make the initial introduction to our senior dog. Highly recommend!"
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are my answers to questions all dog trainers should be asked. Feel free to contact me if your question isn't answered below!
What training methods do you use?
I employ force-free, scientifically backed training methods. My goal is to keep your dog happy, relaxed and able to learn during a training session by rewarding correct behavior and setting your dog up for success.
I will never use choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, spray collars, shake cans or noise correctors with your dog. I will never shout, shove, pinch, yank, collar pop, alpha roll, "tsst", strike, stare down or otherwise physically intimidate your dog or ask you to do the same.
What training tools do you use?
I mostly use a clicker and high-value food rewards, as well as a 6' leash and flat collar or harness.
I also use a 15' or 20' leash, a decoy dog, toys, crates or gates, puzzle toys, a muzzle or a Furbo camera if the training requires it.
How much experience do you have? What about certifications?
I have worked with dogs since 2005 in multiple capacities, including groups of up to 30 dogs at a time.
I have worked under three force-free trainers, both here in Oregon and in Maine where I moved from in 2015.
I currently am certified through the CPDT as a CPDT-KA and am working on a Fear Free Certification.
I continue to expand my training knowledge through networking, attending seminars and research. Continuing my education is also a requirement for my certification.
I also currently own a Chihuahua mix named Kylo, who struggles with anxiety and reactivity issues.
What happens if my dog does something incorrectly?
Depending on what the incorrect response is, the behaviors will either be ignored or your dog will be gently interrupted and redirected into a correct response.
There is always something us humans can do to make success easier for the dog, whether it's changing something we are doing or moving to a less distracting environment. I would adjust as necessary and try again!
Do you guarantee results?
Since all dogs have free will, I cannot 100% guarantee results. Every dog learns differently and their success depends greatly on not just training sessions, but the time, effort and patience put in between sessions as well as the individual learning capacity of each dog.
What I can guarantee is that if you put in the effort and follow the training exercises, you will see progress.
How long do I need to use rewards?
The possibility of a reward should always be there, but you can eventually fade out rewards so your dog will continue to perform a behavior even if there's no treat in sight.
The length of time will vary for each dog and each training situation, but a general rule is when your dog is 80-90% proficient, you can start to fade out rewards. This will change depending on the difficulty of the behavior and the distraction level of the environment.
How long will training take?
The length of time training takes varies, depending on the behavior being trained, the dog's learning capacity and the effort put into the training.
A dog is being trained its entire life, whether you're in a training session or not!
What breeds have you trained? What breeds will you work with?
I have personally worked with hundreds of dogs of all different breeds, even the "difficult" breeds. From the tiniest Chihuahua to the biggest Mastiff. Though individual dogs have different learning styles they still all are able to learn through force-free training. Breed, or species for that matter, doesn't make a difference!
I am willing to work with any dog of any breed. I love all dogs!