About Friends for Life Dog Training

About Us and our Positive Dog Training Philosophy

Dennis Fehling has worked with many different dogs that need help with basic manners as well as more serious behavior issues like dog to dog aggression, dog to human aggression, separation anxiety, shy and fearful dogs, obsessive barking and many other problem behaviors  and is very successful at solving these issues that his clients face with their dogs. There are many ways to train a dog; we focus on the positive aspects of training by using only proven scientific methods that rely on a force free approach.  Dennis Fehling is a nationally Certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT the most widely recognized and respected dog training certification worldwide and maintains his certification by attending many seminars and workshops during the year that focus on behavior and training of both dogs and humans. Dennis is also a proud graduate of the Animal Behavior College Dennis learned the essential tools to train dogs and their humans through positive reinforcement.  As a guild Certified Tellington TTouch practitioner and one of a very few men in this field of compassionate training Dennis is confident these tools along with the strong commitment to continuing education about all aspects of dog behavior enable him to get results through positive training with both dogs and humans.
Pamela Bigoni has had years of experience working with many types of dogs especially the bully breed and is very adept at training puppies. Pam volunteered for the Redmond Oregon Humane Society and was also on their Board of Directors. She was instrumental in the dog walking program at the shelter and in three years never missed a day rain or shine of walking dogs. She completed the Karen Pryor clicker training academy for dog trainers in 2010 and also attends many seminars to continue her education as a positive dog trainer. She attended the Instructor Training Course in accord New York in August with two of the best dog trainers and teachers in the world Pia Silvani and Trish King.  Pam is also heading up our nose work classes and is a Certified Nose work instructor. Pam, along with Dennis, completed the Pet Tech first aid and CPR instructor’s course and teaches monthly workshops on pet first aid for pet parents, dog trainers, dog groomers, pet sitters, dog walkers and anyone in the pet care industry. Dennis and Pam share their lives with seven rescue dogs Cole, Flash, Meika, Pawsey, Snickers, Joey and Cole.

Our Training Philosophy: To keep you and your dog together for the rest of their lives. We believe first and foremost that we have to respect all life and and to be aware of the choices that we make as trainers to both humans and their canine companions.  We feel that a non- violent approach to dog and human training provides the best possible chance that both will succeed.  If we can provide to the best of our abilites a safe  secure and non judgemental environment in which to learn in then we have done our jobs and hope to pass on our philosophy to all of our students. We are a positive reinforcement based training facility and do not advocate the use prong collars, choke chains, shock collars or other aversive training methods or equipment. We do not judge those that do use them we only want the chance to change their minds.

Our highlights:

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer CPDT(KA)
  • Animal Behavior College graduate
  • Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor(CBATI)
  • Certified Tellington TTouch practitioner
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen® Evaluator (#76279)
  • Certified Pet Tech First aid instructors (#1647 #1646)
  • Certified Professional Dog Walker
  • Certified in pet First Aid
  • Tag Teach Certified
  • Member of the Pet Professionals Guild(dedicated to a non-violent approach to teaching both humans and animals)
  • Pam Bigoni(CNWI) Certified k9 Nose work® Instructor