About B the Leader Dog Training
B the Leader specializes in dog behavior training. Our program helps stop problem behaviors such as:
Biting/ Being Mouthy
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.
B the Leader is proudly accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
Here at B the Leader we offer a 2-step training program that focuses on behavioral concerns. We address unwanted dog behaviors through habits and training rituals that strengthen the bond of respect, trust, and love between you and your dog. 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.
Includes 1 hour orientation and one 2-hour session
$200 (at our center) $325 (in your home)
Includes 1 hour orientation, one 2-hour session, and one 2-hour touch up session
$300 (at our center) $525 (in your home)
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. November classes will be every Sunday from 9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00 or 10:00-10:30
$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!
Puppy Obedience class
Start your puppy off right
Our puppy obedience class begins the first weekend of November. This class is designed to teach your puppy the basics of obedience such as "sit," "stay," and "come." We’ll also cover how to teach your puppy to walk politely on leash, how to greet without jumping on people, and how to teach them new tricks. This course is based on building a relationship of trust and respect with your pup through training methods that use dog body language to communicate with them. This combination of obedience and relationship building will set you and your pup up with a great training foundation as they grow. We'll meet every Sunday at 11:30 am. We hold puppy socials on Sundays at 12:30 pm, so this will give you the option to stay for social play time after class!
Puppy class schedule
Week 1 November 4th, 2018 11:30 am - Orientation day! Today we’ll cover dog body language, tips and tricks for communicating with your dog, and we’ll begin to work on some basic commands such as “on your mat” and “sit.”
Week 2 November 11th, 2018 11:30 am - Walk day! Today we’ll review the commands we learned last week. Next we head out on-leash to practice walking calmly and greeting other people and dogs on-leash politely.
Week 3 November 18th, 2018 11:30 am - Play day! Today we’ll review our on-leash manners, then jump in to how to teach more advanced commands such as “come” and “drop” through playing games with your dog.
Week 4 November 25th, 2018 11:30 am - Graduation day! Today we’ll review everything we learned in class, then puppies will go through a basic obedience test.
We offer a group training class every month that meets on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm. This is a 4 week course for $100.
Classes tend to be small and fairly customizable. Here are some of the things we cover each month:
Leash manners / walking
Obedience basics (down, sit, stay, come, drop, leave it, heel)
Advanced leash walking with a long line, progressing towards off-leash
Polite greeting of people and dogs
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.
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.
You will often find Daysha at the desk answering phones, responding to e-mails, and visiting with clients and dogs alike. She’s a graduate of IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage, pursuing Nail Technology and Esthetics. Dogs have been a big part of Daysha’s life for as long as she can remember. She and her dog, Milee, are best friends. In addition to helping with training sessions and play groups, Daysha also runs Agility Courses here at B The Leader.
Kory grew up watching her mom, Julia, grow the B the Leader pack. Adopting her first dog made her realize she also had a passion for pups, and she recently decided to leave her desk job for a career in dog training instead. Kory graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in English and loves working in all creative mediums. When she isn't working out at the dog center, you can find Kory and her pup Rocket on a trail, on a run, or on a patio somewhere.
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.
Before and After
Watch what happens when these dogs meet Julia for the first time, then see their response just a few minutes afterwards.
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.