Meet The Pack

Matt moved from upstate New York directly after graduating high school to live the adventure lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest.  After years of skiing, kiteboarding, and mountain biking while working in the outdoor industry, he adopted a 7-month old Pit-Bull mix named Buck. Buck shortly became severely dog-aggressive and it was dangerous to have him come on all of the activities Matt wanted to do. He believed there was a way he could help Buck live a better life.

Matt started his search for a trainer who could help him.  After trying many different trainers and not seeing the results he wanted he didn’t stop there.  He knew that there had to be an answer, a missing link.  Then he found it with two trainers by the name of Jeff Gellman at Solid K9 Training and Sean O’Shea of The Good Dog.  They showed Matt another world in the form of “balanced dog training.”  After meeting and working with them, he knew he had to share what he learned with those in need.

With a new confidence and passion for working with dogs, Matt started his own business to continue mastering techniques he had learned from his mentors.  He’s spent years building his business and has attracted clients from all over the Pacific Northwest specializing in dogs who, like his own boy Buck, have broken the mold of the “good dog.” He’s worked extensively with dogs who express reactivity, fear and aggression towards both humans and other dogs. Matt’s aim is to show people that they can live life to the fullest with their best friend alongside them, even if it feels impossible.

Over time Matt’s experiences and knowledge have broadened.  His more recent exploration of dog behavior led him to find mentors such as Brandon Fouche and Gary Cassera to better understand dog behavior and incorporate that into his approach to training.  Matt’s philosophy is grounded in motivational training and the understanding of dog psychology and behavior.  He looks forward to someday working with other well known trainers such as Michael Ellis and Cesar Millan, among others, to enrich his understanding of training technique and dog psychology.  Matt’s adventurous and passionate spirit have always, and will continue to drive him in all that he does.

 

Raised in Hood River, Mariam grew up playing in the woods and going on adventures in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  She left after High School to travel, returning to The Gorge having realized that it was one of the most special places on the planet.  After completing her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Mariam came back to Hood River to work and play.

Mariam has forever been fascinated with animals, and always felt a connection to dogs in particular.  She even considered for many years studying veterinary medicine, before she chose to go to nursing school instead.  Mariam has been a natural addition to the NWB Dogs family, helping out with training, boarding and administrative work.  She joined the business full-time and left her nursing career in January 2017. She is a jack of all trades at NWB Dogs and looks forward to a lifetime of adventures with the pack.

 

If you’re not first, you’re last.  Legend’s got a need for speed, and the faster the better!  That’s why his favorite adventures are biking and skiing alongside Matt.  Legend is the alpha male of the group; he’s cool, calm, and collected. You only need to take one look at him to know his place in the Pack. Don’t let his stoic face fool you, he’s a sweetheart and would be happy to show you his soft side in exchange for some pets.

 She’s just too legit to quit.  The only female and the most tenacious of them all. She’s tougher than most of the boys and loves to wrestle hard with the pack.  She is game for any adventure especially hiking and biking. She loves to play with her people too.  She’s the sweetheart of the group, and spends most nights snuggled on the couch with “Mom,” because she’s spoiled like that.

Khan is by far the most laid-back of them all.  You can put him in any situation and he’s as cool as a cucumber which makes him our go-to-guy when we are working with different dogs.  Don’t let his floppy ears and that dopey look in his eyes fool you though, Khan is as energetic and hungry for adventure as any of our pack. This big goofball is happiest in deep powder where his thick, long coat keeps him warm and dry for all-day back-country adventures.

Buck is what you might call a real people-dog. He captures everyone’s attention, melting even the coldest hearts. Even though he’s still not 100% around other dogs this old man likes to get out on hikes and bike rides despite an old shoulder injury. He’s special to us, being the dog that sparked Matt’s training career, and he knows it!  would be happy to show you his soft side in exchange for some pets.

Monday-Friday:

Morning: 7am-10am

Evening: 4pm-7pm

Saturday-Sunday:
4pm-6pm

If you’re not first, you’re last.  Legend’s got a need for speed, and the faster the better!  That’s why his favorite adventures are biking and skiing alongside Matt.  Legend is the alpha male of the group; he’s cool, calm, and collected. You only need to take one look at him to know his place in the Pack. Don’t let his stoic face fool you, he’s a sweetheart and would be happy to show you his soft side in exchange for some pets.

 She’s just too legit to quit.  The only female and the most tenacious of them all. She’s tougher than most of the boys and loves to wrestle hard with the pack.  She is game for any adventure especially hiking and biking. She loves to play with her people too.  She’s the sweetheart of the group, and spends most nights snuggled on the couch with “Mom,” because she’s spoiled like that.

Khan is by far the most laid-back of them all.  You can put him in any situation and he’s as cool as a cucumber which makes him our go-to-guy when we are working with different dogs.  Don’t let his floppy ears and that dopey look in his eyes fool you though, Khan is as energetic and hungry for adventure as any of our pack. This big goofball is happiest in deep powder where his thick, long coat keeps him warm and dry for all-day back-country adventures.

Buck is what you might call a real people-dog. He captures everyone’s attention, melting even the coldest hearts. Even though he’s still not 100% around other dogs this old man likes to get out on hikes and bike rides despite an old shoulder injury. He’s special to us, being the dog that sparked Matt’s training career, and he knows it!  would be happy to show you his soft side in exchange for some pets.