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Whole Dog Academy WAGfest2019
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Whole Dog Academy WAGfest2019

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
6:00 pm
Where: Lagunitas Brewing
237 NE Broadway St #300
Portland, Oregon  97232
United States
Contact: Kate Hooper

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Whole Dog Academy WagFest 2019!


You’re Invited! Please join Whole Dog Academy for an evening of celebration, feasting, and raising funds for our 2019 community campaign- Saturday February 9th, 2019 at Lagunitas Brewing.


Whole Dog Academy is a local non-profit organization focused on creating mutually beneficial canine-human relationships through education and the promotion of positive training methodology.  We run the only licensed career school in the state of Oregon to educate dog trainers, preparing them for Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) certification. We subsidize established CPDT trainers to work with shelters/rescues through our Rehabilitating Awesome Dogs (RAD) program to educate shelter staff/volunteers about appropriate training methods and increasing the adoptability of dogs through force-free training techniques. We offer lectures and training sessions to local businesses (e.g., pet stores, veterinary clinics) to inform staff and patrons about positive reinforcement training, humane equipment and products, etc... And much more! I encourage you to read more about Whole Dog Academy at


Every other year we gather to celebrate the canine community and to raise funds for community-focused projects. For the 2019 event our campaign will create a program that provides ongoing, sustainable, low-cost dog training for the Portland community. As the veterinary community is all too aware, many pet owners wish to engage in formal training for their pets, but find working with a reputable trainer cost-prohibitive. Our program will subsidize trainers (our recent graduates) who use appropriate humane methods to provide training to people/pets in our community who may not otherwise be able devote substantial financial resources to such classes. This service will help to prevent relinquishment to shelters (and euthanasia) for behavioral reasons, keep bonded people and pets together, and relieve financial stress to members of our community in need. For this program we have a BIG fundraising goal- $25,000! There are several ways you can help Whole Dog Academy achieve this goal and our vision for the Portland canine community:


-       Buy a ticket! Tickets are $100/person and include admission, dinner and dessert, and complimentary Lagunitas beverages. Tickets may be purchased at

-       Become a sponsor! Do you or your veterinary practice want to support Whole Dog Academy in a big way? We want to promote you as an awesome member of the veterinary community too! Businesses donating $250 or greater will be acknowledged as event sponsors. We will put the name and logo of your business on our promotional materials for the event and sing your praises to our attendees at the event! The patrons of the event will be pet-loving community members, dog trainers, and partners in pet health (shelters and rescues, pet stores, groomers, etc.) … devoted pet lovers who may just be your future clients!

-       Donate to the silent auction! Do you have a service you would like to offer? Tickets to a Blazers game you won’t use this season? A beach or mountain AirbnB with an open weekend? Let’s talk! Email to discuss your tax-deductible donation.

-       Can’t attend but still want to help out? Tax-deductible donations are appreciated at any amount and at any time. Visit our website to contribute. 

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