Joining the Pack
Are there any dog breeds that Oregon Tails will not accept?
We accept all breeds of dogs.
What’s the process for becoming a Pack member?
Once we have received your application, we will set up a time for you and your dog(s) to come to the Dog Ranch for an initial assessment to gather information about your dogs listening skills and overall disposition walking on-leash & off-leash in one of our fenced pastures and around other dogs and distractions.
What are the vaccination requirements for becoming a Pack member?
All dogs must have a full cycle of necessary vaccinations required by the state / Multnomah County.
Can I tour the Dog Ranch before we become Oregon Tails Pack member?
Yes. We frequently have potential new Pack members come visit the Dog Ranch. Please fill out a request form and we will set up a time to meet you to show you around.
What if my dog doesn’t get along with other dogs?
We often give assessments for those human companions who have dogs that tend to show reactivity around other dogs. Filling out an application will give us the necessary information of your dog’s behavior previous and current routine and from there we can discuss options and more likely than not, request to meet in person to make a final decision.
How old does my dog have to be to be an Oregon Tails Pack member?
We encourage anyone who has a dog to get them enrolled as soon as they have all of the necessary State and Multnomah County vaccinations and are cleared by a vet.
Can my dogs stay together in the same Pack?
If you have two or more dogs, please fill out an application and from there we can discuss what we feel is best for your dog's growth and our capacity to help accommodate your expectations.
Which Pack Leader will be working with my dog?
Pack leaders are determined by each dog's temperament. Depending on such, your dog will be placed in a Pack where we feel he/she will thrive in. All placements are discussed with you beforehand.
How does Oregon Tails decide which Pack Leader each dog ends up with?
We place dogs in Packs based on their overall disposition, energy levels and listening skills. Upon being accepted, we will communicate which Pack your dog will be placed in and why and come up with a road map to ensure their growth and development
Will my dog forget me?
During days with the Pack, your dog will be busy and occupied with the activities in the moment; however, your dog will not forget you.
My dog takes medication. Are you able to give it to them?
Yes. Please be sure to specify any medical needs in your application.
When do I have to drop-off and pick-up my dog each day?
What will the first day at the Oregon Tails Dog Ranch be like for my dog?
One of our team will pick your dog up at an agreed upon location. From there they will travel with one of our Pack leaders and Packs, to our property. From there they will relieve themselves and stretch their legs / warm up for the day ahead. Depending on your dog's current state of mind / energy / behavior, they may be taken through a series of drills to help get them focused and quite enough mentally to ensure a skid rapport with their Pack leader and other Pack members. Once this is completed, they will head out for a 2-4mi run (depending on dog's physical capabilities, confidence and weather. Your dog(s) will then join a specific Pack that will head out for
Do you accept dogs that are ill or have special medical needs?
We have and do on occasion accommodate dogs that have medical concerns. Please be sure to specify any medical needs in your application.
How do you determine which dogs will well together?
Our team assesses all dogs prior to joining and will be able to determine their energy and behavioral fit within our Pack. That being said, we work to help all dogs learn to co-exist and function as one unit. Time and attention to each dogs needs is part of our daily routine.
My dog is a bolter, do you have a way to keep him secure?
We work with all dogs on-leash to establish a solid working relationship and bond. Until our training / listening requirements are met with each dog, they are kept on-leash. We also give tips to help you build a better rapport at home with your dog to help speed up the process of them learning to stay with the Pack.
How many participants attend camp at one time?
We are limited to 6-12 dogs per Pack leader.
What makes Oregon Tails different from other programs?
What makes Oregon Tails different than other services is that we build in training reinforcement, and have a team of handlers that are well versed in helping dogs overcome their insecurities and fears , have fun and learn to enjoy life as a dog all amidst a private 1000+ acre facility.
Will my dog’s personality change during training with Oregon Tails?
Any changes you'll notice in your dog after joining Oregon tails will depend on their behavior. Many dogs who join our Pack will show signs of maturity and a reduction in anxiety. We aim to help dogs become comfortable in their own skin, content and calm around other dogs, and learn to enjoy the world around them. There's plenty of room for play and personality expression at Oregon Tails.
How many days per week will my dog attend Pack?
To help maximize the benefits of our service, we require all new Pack members to attend two or three days per week.
What days of the week will my dog attend Pack?
Adventures take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Which days each dog attends is dependent upon your schedule and our capacity and availability each day.
Will my dog be clean when he/she returns home?
Yes. We rinse and blow-dry all necessary Pack Members at the end of the day and ensure their coats are clean from debris such as plants, dirt and bugs.
Can my dog board overnight with Oregon Tails?
Currently overnight boarding is only available to our weekly Pack Members.
I'm not interested in Pack membership, but I do want to implement your philosophy with my dog at home. Where do I start?
We recommend joining a Student of the Dog workshop for a comprehensive introduction to our method. If your companion is a "red zone" dog, or you're facing extreme challenges together, we encourage you to reach out about One-On-One handling sessions.