Where It All Began
It began as a passion for dogs and grew into a passion for helping dog lovers have fun with their dogs while reducing the frustration of doggie misbehavior. The idea for The Well-Mannered Dog started when a local veterinarian suggested Debbie’s unique sense of fun while getting dogs to behave would be valued by the committee. With 13 years of experience training and showing dogs, Debbie Schaefer started to offer training classes once a week while raising her kids. The Well-Mannered Dog grew, and in 1993 when certifications for dog trainers became available, Debbie was one of the first dog trainers in Oregon to become certified. Continued growth and development have always been a huge consideration. We now offer a variety of group, online, and personalized training programs that let dog lovers focus on Manners and Lifeskills, Changing emotional associations, and, yes, dog sports.
Located in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, The Well-Mannered Dog has the advantage of a large indoor temperature-controlled space for classes and gorgeous outdoor, real-life locations for training challenges.
Onward & Upward
Debbie and her team have a passion for growing and moving forward with their training journeys. Always looking for better ways to do things and always progressing. Our ethos is to change, move forward, and help dog lovers have fun with their dogs. We never stop learning, and we pass that learning onto our students. Each trainer has their own special gifts to help you achieve your goals. We are always planning and thinking about the future, building on successes and forging new ones.
Meet The Well-Mannered Dog Team
Owner & Master Trainer
Head Trainer Debbie Schaefer is responsible for the high-quality classes, workshops, and events offered at The Well-Mannered Dog. In addition to running The Well-Mannered Dog, she teaches group and online courses that focus on Companion Dog Skills of Manners, Lifeskills, and Changing emotions. Debbie has competed in competitions obedience and now spends her time participating in the sport of Musical Freestyle.
Tiffany Moran has been training dogs and working with clients for over 10 years.
Her training background and interests are diverse. Tiffany has helped pet dog owners mold their dogs into the ideal companion, competition handlers reach their titling goals, and working dog handlers perform their jobs with precision and joy.
Besides helping clients to reach their goals, she enjoys competing in all the things, including but not limited to, tricks, fitness, tracking, and draft with her own dog Gracie a Newfoundland.
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed
American Kennel Club Temperament and Farm Dog Judge
AKC Canine Good Citizen, Fitness & Trick Dog Evaluator
Newfoundland Club of America Ambassador
Do More With Your Dog Trick, Fitness & Animal Actor Evaluator
Volunteer: HOPE animal-assisted crisis response canine team
Volunteer: Project Canine therapy dog team
Volunteer: R.E.A.D. team
American Society of Canine Trainers -training certificates
Tiffany has titled dogs numerous dog sports.