Our Team

Katie High

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My name is Katie.  I am a certified professional dog trainer and behavior specialist.   Every 3 years I get re-certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.  So I carry the initials CPDT-KA very proudly.  I have three dog's named Jack, Ginger, and Honey Flower.  Jack is a rescue dog from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society where I have been volunteering since 2008.  Jack came into my home shortly after training him at the shelter with the clicker.  Jack now enjoys going with me on my appointments to help out other dogs that have fear or aggression difficulties.  Ginger, my Australian Shepherd, has also been with since 2008.  Ginger has a love for agility and any mental training challenge I can give her.  She loves showing off her tricks and is also a very helpful in rehabilitating dogs.  Honey Flower, a beagle mix, is the new addition.

I have lived in Camas since I was a little girl.  I went to Mountain View High School, and continued on to get a degree in Social Sciences at Washington State University.  I have been working with dogs since 1996, and as a Certified Dog Trainer since 2008. The education I received in the six months I was in Texas learning to be a professional in the field, has truly enriched my skills as a dog trainer.  Upon completion of all course work at Triple Crown Dog Academy I opened up my own business.  I have been teaching obedience classes, tricks, agility, tracking, search and rescue, and a variety of other skills.  I now focus a lot of my time working on behavioral issues in dogs.  Each week I volunteer for West Columbia Gorge Humane Society by bringing the shelter dogs out for some socialization during walks or play at the local dog park.  This is a great opportunity for the dogs to stay balanced and even get better socially. I believe in continual education and attend conferences every year to stay current on dog training methods and ideas.  I attend apdt_logo_prof_smconferences held by both the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) and APDT(Association of Professional Dog Trainers).  I also attended a week long seminar on dog aggression and socialization methods called Pack to Basics. I learn something new from every dog I get the privilege to work with.  I truly enjoy watching a dogs mind work.

Julie Mills

Trainer Julie with her two dogs

My name is Julie.  I grew up in the Vancouver area. I love it here and can’t think of anywhere I would rather live. I have always worked with and around dogs and each one was an individual personality that learned differently. In 2003 I helped develop 3 of the 5 dog parks in the Clark County area.  Throughout the process I worked with trainers to put together the park safety rules. I started learning about canine behavior and body language and I was fascinated. I decided to pursue a career in the animal field and started working as a Veterinary Assistant in 2008.  Since then I have helped many people with questions regarding their dog’s behavior and why they do what they do. I realized many people get dogs but are not sure how deal with behavioral issues, or how to create a learning environment that builds trust for a lifelong relationship with their dog. I wanted to help people and their dogs so I recently received my Dog Training Certification from Animal Behavioral College, where I graduated with honors. I also hold a certification in Feline management for those co-habitation households.

I believe all dogs can be good dogs with the right training so I spend time each week volunteering for the Southwest Washington Humane Society where I teach basic manners and social skills to dogs looking for their forever homes.

I myself have 2 dogs, Mia, a 12-year- old Karelian Bear Dog who has had her AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification since 2007 and Annabelle, a 3-year- old Shar Pei / Sheba Enu mix. She was rescued at 6 months and is still a work in progress. I also have 2 cats, Josie and Flower who are both rescues.

I truly enjoy helping people to understand their dog’s behavior and I can’t wait to meet you and your pup.

Nola DuBose

nola with her dogs

My name is Nola DuBose. I am originally from the great state of Montana, but moved to Washougal in 2012. I am Mom to 4 beautiful children and 3 dogs. I am currently in school to become a Certified Dog trainer. My passion for training dogs came from adopting 2 of my 3 dogs in 2015. Training two very different dog personalities came as a challenge but one that I started taking a lot of pleasure in. My dogs are Jazzy, a 14 year old Maltese mix. I have had her for 12 years and she is a great dog, enjoying her lazy old dog days. Hero is a 2 year old Australian Shepherd mix that we adopted from the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. He is high energy and quite a handful, but he is my best pal. He has taught me a lot and is the main reason I got interested in working with dogs. Bandit, a 2 year old Border collie mix was a rescue as well. He looks and acts nothing like a Border collie. He is a big, clumsy lover who gets along with everyone that will give him attention or food. After my certified dog trainer classes are finished, I plan on moving forward with additional training. I look forward to the days that I am doing what I love with dogs of all types. It is awesome to be a part of creating special bonds between people and their dogs. Training helps enrich that bond and shape a well behaved dog.

Kendra Yates

Kendra with her two dogs

My name is Kendra. I grew up in Everett, Washington and moved to Washougal in January 2017. I have 2 cats named Oskar and Erlend. I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Liberty University in 2015 and later that same year met my husband. We moved to Washougal after my husband found a job here and we both love it here.

I like meeting friendly new dogs and in my opinion there are few things sweeter than the look of adoration that a dog will give his or her favorite human or almost anyone holding a treat.
It was not always this way. I used to really dislike dogs. I believed that dogs killed cats, chewed up everything, and were really loud and mean. My family decided they wanted a dog despite the fact that I was against getting a destructive canine!
Ozwald the salt and pepper miniature schnauzer was introduced to my family in 2008 and we slowly started getting along. Daisy, a smaller pepper miniature schnauzer came along a few months later. After a while I grew to understand that dogs can be very loving, sweet, and intelligent but A LOT depends on the way they are handled and trained.

When you call or e-mail High Expectations I will be there to help guide you as you begin or continue your dog training adventure!