About Pups n Partners

Pups-N-Partners is a small, part-time dog training business owned and operated by Donna (DJ) Willis which focuses on basic and advanced obedience for the pet dog. At Pups-N-Partners believes in getting you off on the right foot and your dog off on the right paw!

Donna began training dogs in 1984. She trained and showed her own personal dogs in conformation and the obedience ring and acquired CD’s on both dogs. She also acquired a PC on both dogs which is a Mexico obedience title equivalent to a CD. One dog achieved her Canadian Championship and Mexico Championship. These dogs also earned their AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

In 2005, Donna was hired as a dog trainer and kennel manager at a service dog organization in southern California where she worked for 6 years. This is where she learned how to train dogs professionally. Donna’s mentor taught her how to develop and refine her skills and expand her knowledge of all things canine. In 2012, Donna moved to Oklahoma to work for a local service dog organization where she worked for almost three years. In August 2014, Donna opened Pups-N-Partners in order to help pet owners learn how to communicate with and train their dog, positively.

Pups-N-Partners will train your dog using science based dog training methods based on operant conditioning with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. She is committed to providing effective and efficient training solutions for her clients all while making dog training fun for the human and the dog! She wants everyone to have the best training experience ever…especially the dog.

Donna is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and S.T.A.R. Puppy trainer and a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). She pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development by attending several industry based seminars and webinars on an annual basis and is working toward her certification.

Donna lives in Broken Arrow, OK with her dog “Tulsa”. When not helping pups and their partners achieve their goals, she enjoys long walks on nature trails with her dog. She also enjoys training her dog in rally, obedience, nose work and other dog sports. Her dog, “Tulsa” has earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen title and her Novice Rally title.

  • “DJ is the best and will always bring the best out of your dog. An excellent teacher, she instills confidence and pride in all her students, both dog and handler.”

    — David Sutton

  • “DJ is the best trainer. She has the patience and knowledge to make your dog as well as you successful.”

    — Becky Burton

  • “Donna is an awesome dog trainer! If you can take/ make the time to work your dog, Donna will make great things happen for you!”

    — Cindy Robertson

Training Philosophy

My training philosophy is about building a relationship with your dog. This relationship is built on love, trust and mutual respect. My motto, “Training both the human and the dog” explains what I do. I train you how to train your dog using the scientific principles of learning theory with an emphasis on positive reinforcement and negative punishment techniques. Don’t worry…negative punishment isn’t bad. It’s simply means taking something good away.

Years ago, using compulsion methods was the only way to train. You made your dog perform a behavior. Thankfully, most dog trainers now use methods based on the science of operant conditioning. Think of dog training this way: A dog will do something for two reasons. One is to avoid pain, the other to gain pleasure.

Dog training is about effectively communicating with and motivating your dog. How do you want your dog trained? By forcing them to do something out of fear, or by motivating them to want to learn? Simply put, behaviors that get rewarded will be repeated. I use training methods that will help motivate your dog to have the desire to learn. Training should be fun for both you and your dog!

Training your dog should begin the day you bring your puppy home and is a life-long commitment. You owe it to your dog to provide the leadership, guidance and training they need to be a well-mannered pet. A well-trained dog is a companion that can offer a lifetime of adventure and fun and is a joy to live with.

Why should you train your dog?

  • Trained dogs are easier to live with.
  • Training builds and strengthens the bond between you and your dog.
  • Training is fun and rewarding for both you and your dog.

I strive to make training fun and exciting for both you and your dog all while using the most humane, science based techniques available.

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  • Help your dog achieve the “balance” that they need to be a happy, socialized, trained and loving companion.

Our Passion

Pups-N-Partners is passionate about: SOCIALIZATION – Early puppyhood socialization is critical to your dogs’ development. Socialization ideally begins with the breeder, who should introduce the pup to different sights, sounds and odors. Unfortunately, the window of opportunity closes when the pup is at a very young age. It is important that you socialize your pup to other puppies, non-reactive adult dogs, children and adults of every size, shape and ethnicities and all of the environmental stimuli that you can possibly imagine. TRAINING – It is important for your dog to learn new things and practice and polish behaviors previously taught. Train your dog daily and help stimulate their mind.
EXERCISE – Exercise your dog daily based on their breed, size, age and individual needs. Usually one hour to three hours daily is a good guideline. A tired dog is a happy dog. EMOTIONAL WELL BEING – Games and play are critical to your dog’s physical and emotional well-being. Challenge them with interactive games. Let them run, play, sniff and “be a dog”. Take them on hikes to new locations. Stimulate them mentally and physically.

 Help your dog achieve the “balance” that they need to be a happy, socialized, trained and loving companion.
  • Training builds and strengthens the bond between you and your dog.

Current Class Schedule

MAIL ENROLLMENT FORMS EARLY…CLASSES FILL QUICKLY! PRE-ENROLLMENT IS REQUIRED. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 6 DOGS/HANDLERS. Bring vaccination records first night. Payment due in advance or first night of class – NO EXCEPTIONS. We will miss you if you are unable to attend a class or classes after registration. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds or discounts for missed classes.

ALL CLASSES ARE HELD AT POOCHES, 5331 E. 41st Street, Tulsa OK. Equipment needed for classes: Flat buckle or slip collar, six foot leather or fabric leash, treat bag, lots of soft training treats. NO CHAIN COLLARS, PRONG COLLARS, SHOCK COLLARS OR FLEXI-LEADS ALLOWED. NO REACTIVE OR AGGRESSIVE DOGS.

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$ 50
4 weeks
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APRIL 10 – MAY 1, 2015
(Friday evening) 8:00 – 9:00pm

This class is for puppies and dogs over 8 weeks of age.

$ 85
(6 weeks)
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APRIL 14 – MAY 19, 2015
(Tuesday evening) 6:45 – 7:45pm

This class is for puppies 8-20 weeks old.

Class one is orientation – do not bring puppies.

$ 50
4 weeks
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MAY 8 – MAY 29, 2015
(Friday evening) 6:45 – 7:45pm

Level 1 class is a prerequisite.

$ 85
(6 weeks)
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APRIL 16 – MAY 21, 2015
(Thursday evening) 8-9:00pm

This class is for puppies and dogs over 8 weeks of age.

$ 100
(6 weeks)
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APRIL 14 – MAY 19, 2015
(Tuesday evening) 8:00 – 9:00pm.

This class is for dogs that have passed the Level 1 Skills Test.



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The Power of Positive Dog Training
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Family Friendly Dog Training
For The Love of a Dog
The Other End of the Leash
The Puppy Primer

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Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Dog
Dr. Dunbar’s Good Little Dog Book
How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: The Sirius Puppy Training Manual


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