West Hills Elite Pet Services (WHELP) in Portland, Oregon offers first-class care and training that is tailored to fit you, your dog, and your lifestyle.

Our mission is to lead a new generation of care, for a new generation of dogs. We aim to give your dog the highest quality of life through positive reinforcement methods and by using the best natural and holistic products and equipment available. Whether you’re dropping off your pup for a fun-filled day at our Daycare or experiencing one of our signature training sessions, you’ll find that WHELP is fully focused on your dog’s safety and well-being.

Founder & Den Mother

WHELP was founded in 2018 in Portland, Oregon by Certified Professional Dog Trainer and animal behaviorist, Melanie Quackenbush, CPDT-KA, CGC. She continued to pursue her passion for animals, working as a certified trainer and managing a doggie day camp for many years. Melanie has been training and studying dogs since grade school when she participated in her local 4-H program.

Melanie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and is certified to teach therapy and emotional support dog training classes. Melanie is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator for the American Kennel Club, and a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.


See how WHELP can help you and your dog!