Portland, OR: 503-740-4886 Oregon Coast: 541-547-3793
Walking dog in woods

Board & Train

If you are searching for a special boost to your dog’s early
education or ongoing training, look no further! Our City Dog
Board & Train services offer a home away from home for your
puppy or adult dog. Training is entirely integrated into the
home routines and capable, caring hands of expert trainers.
Puppies have lots of fun learning everyday manners, social skills,
and play skills with friendly dogs in a safe, structured home setting.

Portland, Oregon & Yachats, Central Oregon Coast


Puppies, adolescents, and adult dogs benefit from our City Board and Train option, whether they need a jump-start or refresher course in basic manners, or help with specific behavior issues. With highly skilled and experienced trainers, the opportunity for intensive education in dog-dog play and manners, and all the comforts of a home environment, our Portland services are in high demand. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Dog Collage

This is a unique service that provides your dog with the very best individualized care, training, and attention at our country retreat in Yachats (Central Oregon Coast). Usually, only one dog is boarded at a time. Your dog will enjoy a training vacation in a spa-like country setting, choosing from a range of fun nature adventures, including forest agility, hiking, trail running, river swimming, creek paddling, barn hunting, meadow and beach play, and more. Transport between Portland and Yachats is included. Book early for this one-of-a-kind training adventure for your dog!

Onyx Reading

Meet Atticus & Read His Board & Train Blog
See TinTin’s Special Blog

All of our Board & Train services include:


  • Pick up and drop off (if required)
  • Clean, safe, kennel-free accommodations
  • Individualized dietary care
  • Daily exercise and play


  • Staffed by certified dog training and behavior specialists
  • Customized training plan
  • Multiple daily training sessions
  • Schedule designed for optimized learning; training integrated with everyday living
  • Training for basic manners and/or remedial training for behavioral issues
  • Hand-over session in your home to transfer new skills and behaviors

Daily blog

  • A daily blog (with photos, stories and videos of your dog in training and at play) gives you a special window into your dog’s experiences, and prepares you to pick up where Board & Train leaves off.

Handover support

  • End of stay daily and summary reports), handouts, referral to other services, ( health care, day care, dog walking, classes, dog sports and other dog-friendly activities) help maintain your dog’s progress back home.
Chocolate Lab

“After Louie’s Little Boot Camp [with Heather Ohmart], I wanted to let you know how much Louie has improved! My kids said ‘Louie had been exorcised’ 🙂 He and I walk like ‘civilized human n canine’!”
Lillian Shumate


I learned about City Dog Country Dog by my Vet. I had been struggling with the training of my new puppy. Dr. Shuler spoke highly of Caroline’s keen understanding of dogs, and gentle methods of training.

Margaret was 6 months old when she went to stay with Caroline in Yachats. I had been struggling with her training since I brought her home. She did not come when called, she chewed up everything, she bullied my other Golden Retriever and she wasn’t very well potty trained no matter how many times a day she was taken out!. It was an out of control household to say the least. I have owned Golden Retrievers before, but she was by far the most difficult to train.

Caroline is fantastic. She picked Margaret up and told me she would send some photos and keep in touch, but I never imagined a daily Blog! Wow, it was so much fun to read every evening. It made me feel as if I was part of her daily training! The dog I picked up after 2 weeks of training was a calmer, happier, and more manageable puppy.

Caroline uses positive reinforcement in her training. She is never mean, and her understanding and individualizing her training to each dog is truly amazing. My results were a dog that was more trusting and willing to learn.

I am wanting to send Margaret back for some advanced training now that she is older and can focus on extended tasks.

I highly recommend Caroline not only because she is a good trainer, but she is a truly caring and honest person. Your dog will be well taken care of, and both of you will benefit from this experience. Feel free to check out Margaret’s Blog.


“I can’t imagine a better training experience for our dog and for us. Caroline’s caring, professional and successful approach was all we could have hoped for. Our beautiful girl Sage went to training camp for two weeks. The informative and often humorous daily blog updates ensured we stayed in touch with her progress (and helped us have a worry-free vacation). Caroline focused on the skills that were important to us and her loving style with Sage was wonderful. The blogs also served as part of our training, helping to ensure we keep up the lessons for Sage. Our return was great, some excellent demonstrations for us (we have to practice, practice, practice). Sage is happy, well adjusted and improved in her leash manners and returns as well as all her basics. We plan to join CDCD for some additional fun. Thank You Caroline!”

-Terri & Rick Timberman

To read about Sage’s basic training and preparation for animal-assisted therapy click here for her daily blog.