B The Leader Dog Training
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About B the Leader

Dog Training

B the Leader specializes in dog behavior training. Our program helps stop problem behaviors such as:

  • Jumping

  • Barking

  • Biting/ Being Mouthy

  • Leash Pulling

  • Running Away

  • Reactivity to other dogs/ people

  • Anxious/ nervous behavior

We work with dogs of all ages, whether they are shy or aggressive.

This is deeper training than basic commands. We teach you how to create a balanced coexistence with your dog in your daily life. 

Our dog behavioral training is based on Cesar Millan's technique of bringing balance and order to the home. Animals naturally seek balance, but we, as humans, have to work to create it. 

Our training center, located in Springfield, Oregon, was founded by Julia Bowlin. Julia earned the nickname “Eugene’s Dog Whisperer” when she began formally training dogs in 2004. Her passion for dogs is lifelong and she has studied wolves and dog behavior since she was young.

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Julia Bowlin with her dog, Chase

Julia Bowlin with her dog, Chase


Behavior Training

TraininG Packages

Here at B the Leader we offer a 2-step training program that focuses on building a bond based on trust, respect, and love between handlers and their dogs. Our training methodology teaches you how to address behavioral concerns such as barking, leash pulling, reactivity to other dogs or new people, and others.

This is also a great starting point for puppies or recently adopted dogs because this program will grow your bond with your dog.

We teach a specific way to feed, walk, and play with your dog so that training is built into your daily life together.

Our program begins with a 1-hour orientation handlers attend without their dogs. In this orientation we introduce you to the techniques you’ll be learning, as well as the philosophies behind each of our techniques. The second part of the program is our 1:1 training session or sessions with owners and their dog(s). Currently serving Lane County, our experienced trainer, Julia Bowlin, provides both in-home and at-location options.                                                                                        

Package A

Includes 1 hour orientation and one 2-hour session

$200 (at our center) $325 (in your home)

Package B

Includes 1 hour orientation, one 2-hour session, and one 2-hour touch up session

$300 (at our center) $525 (in your home)




Join us for our weekly playgroups! These are opportunities for dogs to socialize in our indoor/outdoor facility with the supervision of our training staff. Playgroups provide a space for dogs to play together where appropriate pack manners are encouraged and monitored. We hold "big kids" and "tinies" groups so your canine companion can play with others their size and age! 

Playgroups are $5.00 per hour of playtime.

Puppy Requirements (under 6 months old)

We require proof of vaccination before allowing any new pups to enter the play area. Puppies 6 months and under need to have at least two rounds of their DHPP vaccines (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus).

Please call ahead before your puppy’s first time attending playgroup to let us know you’re coming so we can have staff on hand to walk you through the paperwork and introduce you to our center!

Adult Requirements (6 months old +)

Vaccinations: Dogs over 6 months old must have proof of their DHPP, Bordatella, and Rabies vaccinations.

Spay/ Neuter: We understand that some veterinarians recommend these surgeries for later than 6 months of age. We’ve found that the hormonal changes that happen between 6-8 months often make it unsafe for dogs to be in a large social situation unless they are spayed or neutered. We do require all dogs over 6 months of age to be spayed or neutered before entering the play zone.

Training: For dogs older than 6 months we require them to come through our training program before attending or continuing at playgroup. Training allows us to be sure a dog has a good behavior baseline and knows to be respectful of our staff members while in playgroup, which can be a very exciting environment!

Please call ahead if you are interested in attending playgroup so we can schedule you for training orientation and give you more details about our program.


Puppy Playgroup Schedule 


12:30 - 1:30 Puppies / Tinies 

1:45 - 2:45 Big Kids 


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Big Kids 


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Puppies / Tinies  

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Big Kids 


Agility Classes

Dog Agility Training is an amazing way to deepen the connection of trust and respect between you and your dog. Encountering new obstacles and commands will enhance your dog's confidence and exercise their brain in a way that purely physical exercise can't. 

We have a range of equipment so that we can expose dogs to each type of obstacle they could encounter on a competition course. This variation throughout classes helps to keep both dogs and their handlers challenged.

During the winter months we hold classes inside our facility and focus on finessing techniques, transitions, and commands so that when the rain stops, we’ll be ready to head outside and tackle our full-size course with dogs who already know their stuff.

Since our classes are small and customizable, we progress with you and your dog at your own pace. This is a great place to start with beginning agility, and as you progress we’ll pair you in classes with other dogs and handlers at similar levels so we can begin working on more intermediate, then advanced agility concepts and techniques.



Schedule and Pricing 

We start new agility programs at the beginning of every month.

Current Agility Class Times:

Sundays 9:00-9:30/ 9:30-10:00/ 10:00-10:30

Wednesdays 3:00-3:30/ 3:30-4:00/ 4:00-4:30/ 4:30-5:00

$100 for a month of classes (Four 30 minute classes in total). 

We do limit classes to 2 dogs per class to ensure we can give 1:1 attention and feedback, which means spaces fill up quickly.

Contact us to reserve a spot! 


meet Our team

B the Leader’s team is small yet mighty. We all wear many different hats to keep the center running. Each of us brings our own talents (and dogs) to work. We’re united by our passion for building relationships between people and their canine counterparts.

Julia with Chase, her Border Collie/ Blue Heeler

Julia with Chase, her Border Collie/ Blue Heeler

Julia Bowlin

Owner and Founder, known as Eugene's Dog Whisperer, Julia Bowlin has been training dogs since 2004. Her love for dogs has been with her throughout her life. B the Leader was founded due to Julia's desire to share her passion and fascination for canine behavior and help people transform their relationships with their dogs.

Dakota Brotherton

Dakota has been with B The Leader Dog Training since February 2019. He has become the facility’s dog agility trainer. A former volunteer of the Cascade Raptor Center, Dakota is an avid lover of animals of all species, but really fell in love working with dogs after working at a boarding facility for a year. Dakota has two dogs of his own, an Australian Cattle Dog Mix named “Taz” and a Doberman Pinscher named “Blaze.” Outside of work you will find him hiking one of the countless trails around Oregon or touching up on some agility skills.


Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth originally came to B the Leader for training with her dog, Ruby. She fell in love with the training style and the staff. She now generously donates her time and assists with playgroups three times per week. Ruby can be found teaching puppies to play, or romping with our usual group of Shepherds; she is great with dogs of all sizes.



Ready to book an appointment? Have a playful puppy to bring to social? Want to sign up for a class? You can call, e-mail, or fill out the form below and one of our staff members will be happy to help you. 

Phone: 541.688.5778

E-mail: btheleaderdogtraining@gmail.com

Address: 36632 Pico St, Springfield, OR 97478

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