Do you have questions about class?

Synergy focuses on providing the Portland area with unique and innovative classes to help decrease and prevent problem behaviors. Having unique classes does lead to questions about them. We decided to put together the most commonly asked questions about our classes.

Common questions about Synergy Classes…

Why do you use reward-based training methods?
If other dogs are barking in my reactivity class, won’t that make my dog more reactive?
Are all of Synergy’s classes open to reactive dogs?
Can I observe a class?
How does Synergy’s class cancellation policy work?
When I provide my personal information to you, what happens to it?

Cooper discovers being alone isn’t so bad

"I’m very pleased with how Cooper is doing. He hasn’t shown any signs of destruction...I can’t thank you enough for helping Cooper and I. It has brought even greater peace into our lives."

Jennifer T. – Portland, Oregon

Synergy Behavior Solutions
2015-04-28T04:24:36+00:00

Jennifer T. – Portland, Oregon

"I’m very pleased with how Cooper is doing. He hasn’t shown any signs of destruction...I can’t thank you enough for helping Cooper and I. It has brought even greater peace into our lives."

Resolving fear with kindness

"I originally contacted Synergy to help with my fear aggressive dog, Casey and his reaction toward strangers. After three private sessions, Casey’s aggressive reactions towards strangers have improved significantly. Positive reinforcement is both effective as well as fun for the dog, and I would recommend Synergy Behavior Solutions to anyone needing assistance with behavior problems."

Jennifer Ng

Synergy Behavior Solutions
5.0
2015-05-26T05:24:37+00:00

Jennifer Ng

"I originally contacted Synergy to help with my fear aggressive dog, Casey and his reaction toward strangers. After three private sessions, Casey’s aggressive reactions towards strangers have improved significantly. Positive reinforcement is both effective as well as fun for the dog, and I would recommend Synergy Behavior Solutions to anyone needing assistance with behavior problems."

James Gets Guidance

These extraordinary people are for those of us who need help, for those of us who have “had dogs all our lives” and “they’ve all been just fine” – until this dog.

Helen C.

Synergy Behavior Solutions
2017-07-26T19:06:16+00:00

Helen C.

These extraordinary people are for those of us who need help, for those of us who have “had dogs all our lives” and “they’ve all been just fine” – until this dog.

Cody gets kindness and care

"Dr. Valli gave us so much information and left me feeling far more confident in the plan...and made me feel that my questions and input were truly welcome. I drove 3.5 hours to see her, and it was worth every minute and then some. I absolutely would use her again and I'm already recommending her to other folks!"
Synergy Behavior Solutions
4.0
2015-02-01T12:45:56+00:00
"Dr. Valli gave us so much information and left me feeling far more confident in the plan...and made me feel that my questions and input were truly welcome. I drove 3.5 hours to see her, and it was worth every minute and then some. I absolutely would use her again and I'm already recommending her to other folks!"

Dispelling negative stereotypes

"When I found my dog Mollie as a stray...it was obvious she’d had a hard life. She was emaciated and was pretty dog aggressive. We signed up for a class and I was truly amazed at the progress she made! In the months since, I can see how Mollie’s training continues to work for us...Her training with Synergy is really helping her overcome the difficulties of her previous life." Read More...

Andrea Jones

Synergy Behavior Solutions
2015-05-26T04:12:26+00:00

Andrea Jones

"When I found my dog Mollie as a stray...it was obvious she’d had a hard life. She was emaciated and was pretty dog aggressive. We signed up for a class and I was truly amazed at the progress she made! In the months since, I can see how Mollie’s training continues to work for us...Her training with Synergy is really helping her overcome the difficulties of her previous life." Read More...

Helping Isabelle (and her mom) find peace

"My Golden Retriever Isabelle, had been showing signs of reactivity at one year old and at the age of two it was worse. I live right by Forest Park, but I couldn’t take her up there, because if dogs came up to her off lead she would lunge and growl. My world became smaller and smaller. Since then we have done more than I could have imagined. I have way more fun and confidence knowing I’m prepared to lead my dog through a more enjoyable life. Its one of those lifetime opportunities that’s life changing."

Jodi Burton

Synergy Behavior Solutions
5.0
2015-05-26T04:43:05+00:00

Jodi Burton

"My Golden Retriever Isabelle, had been showing signs of reactivity at one year old and at the age of two it was worse. I live right by Forest Park, but I couldn’t take her up there, because if dogs came up to her off lead she would lunge and growl. My world became smaller and smaller. Since then we have done more than I could have imagined. I have way more fun and confidence knowing I’m prepared to lead my dog through a more enjoyable life. Its one of those lifetime opportunities that’s life changing."

Java tolerates cats and vets

"Java is doing GREAT...she and the cats get along well and she loves to hang out on the back deck and does very little barking. She is increasingly better on the leash and is completely at ease with new people. I am so proud of her and she is a great addition to the household. We sure love her...and I have figured out how to work with her.”
Synergy Behavior Solutions
2015-05-24T03:09:45+00:00
"Java is doing GREAT...she and the cats get along well and she loves to hang out on the back deck and does very little barking. She is increasingly better on the leash and is completely at ease with new people. I am so proud of her and she is a great addition to the household. We sure love her...and I have figured out how to work with her.”

Hazel grows to like kids

"We needed help sorting out some new aggressive behaviors that our dog, Hazel, was exhibiting after our son was born. In four visits Scott helped us understand Hazel’s perspective, showed us how to work with her to reduce the episodes, and gave us tools to use to keep up our progress with her. Best of all, Hazel loved every minute of the training. We haven’t had a recurrence of the problems since our last meeting. I frequently refer my clients to him and know they will be in good hands."

Jordan Nuccio, DVM
Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic Portland, Oregon

Synergy Behavior Solutions
2015-05-26T05:08:37+00:00

Jordan Nuccio, DVM
Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic Portland, Oregon

"We needed help sorting out some new aggressive behaviors that our dog, Hazel, was exhibiting after our son was born. In four visits Scott helped us understand Hazel’s perspective, showed us how to work with her to reduce the episodes, and gave us tools to use to keep up our progress with her. Best of all, Hazel loved every minute of the training. We haven’t had a recurrence of the problems since our last meeting. I frequently refer my clients to him and know they will be in good hands."

Dexter enjoys staying calm

"I adopted a cute little mutt, and very shortly thereafter, he began to develop horrible aggression problems toward strangers. It made our lives miserable!...Scott has shown unbelievable insight into the mixed up little brain of my lovable dog. Dexter has come leaps and bounds and it is all thanks to Scott’s wise, persistent, gentle training of both my dog and me! Now, we ride the elevator proudly and my neighbors actually refer to him as “the best behaved dog in our building!” Read More...
Synergy Behavior Solutions
2015-05-26T03:41:05+00:00
"I adopted a cute little mutt, and very shortly thereafter, he began to develop horrible aggression problems toward strangers. It made our lives miserable!...Scott has shown unbelievable insight into the mixed up little brain of my lovable dog. Dexter has come leaps and bounds and it is all thanks to Scott’s wise, persistent, gentle training of both my dog and me! Now, we ride the elevator proudly and my neighbors actually refer to him as “the best behaved dog in our building!” Read More...

Chad the bad, now the rad!

Chad the Rad says... "A huge thank you to all the folks at Synergy. I have always been scared of other dogs when I first meet them and even a little nervous and over excited when meeting new people. Since I got my owner to take me to the Synergy classes I am not so nervous anymore."
Synergy Behavior Solutions
2015-02-01T12:26:44+00:00
Chad the Rad says... "A huge thank you to all the folks at Synergy. I have always been scared of other dogs when I first meet them and even a little nervous and over excited when meeting new people. Since I got my owner to take me to the Synergy classes I am not so nervous anymore."
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