No one wants to live in frustration over their dog’s behavior.  Expert Canine guides dogs & their humans  on a simple path to help new puppies grow up stable and behaviorally challenged dogs learn alternatives, so you may discover peace of mind, relief, and the good dog you’d hoped for.


My Promise to You

I will never need or want to hurt or scare your dog in order to train your dog or to change negative associations to positive ones.

I will never use tools designed to poke, pinch, choke, shock, or otherwise hurt your beloved companion.

I will always endeavor to guide you in training and handling habits that result not only in better behavior, but in a stronger bond between you and your dog, benefiting both of you in all areas of your life together.


I am proud to be a positive reinforcement/anti-aversives professional, a feral, traumatized, anxious, & fearful dogs specialist, a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), and the only one in the Columbia Pacific region who holds these certifications, which are earned through rigorous education, hundreds of hours of teaching experience, and independent, thorough, and objective, carefully proctored testing via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  More details on my qualifications can be found throughout this website.

Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Certified Fearful Dog Professional (CFDP) mentor-instructor,
is the only certified, positive reinforcement trainer/Behaviorist on the north Oregon coast,
and the author of Extreme Fear in Dogs and Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer
Fields of Special Expertise:
Distance Learning
private online behavior consultation, training, & courses for owners & professionals 
Young Puppy Socialization, Training, Behavior, & Cooperative Care
online, or in breeder's home or yours,
to promote bite inhibition & development into behaviorally sound dogs
Canine Fear & Fear-Related Behaviors, including Self-Defense
feral & semi-feral dogs, puppy-milled dogs, abused & traumatized dogs, anxious dogs, & other fearful dogs
Private In-Person:
We train your pup while you work or observe,
then teach you how to maintain progress
Approach: Humane Education & Implementation--Force-Free & Anti-Aversives.
To arrange an appointment, please proceed as follows:

1. Complete the initial form here: EC Intake Form .  Once we've reviewed this form and confirm we can meet with you, we'll send you our client agreement.


2. After we receive your completed forms, we will confirm with you the type of consult you need, then email you a PayPal invoice.  Booking is done upon receipt of payment. (You do not need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, and PayPal accepts most major credit cards.)


3. Email to request your preferred appointment time. In order to give quality service to each client, I work to avoid overbooking and so encourage you to plan in advance.  Mobile: 831 . 239 . 9417   Email: 

Certified Behavior Consultant,

Canine. Knowledge Assessed.


Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training

& Behavior Certified Training Partner,

Certified Dog Trainer Professional


Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Knowledge Assessed.


Behavior Rehabilitator & Trainer,

2014-Present, Protect Them All

Behavior Works  for Animal Behavior Professionals (Applied Behavior Analysis) Certificate of Excellence

Columnist, Canine Corner

Cannon Beach Gazette & Seaside Signal


Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer

Hero: A Podenco's Tale


Aggression in Dogs Master Course

Director, The Fearful Dogs Project


Sighthound specialist, volunteer, 2006 - 2013

Farmed animal volunteer

Behavior Specialist / Trainer,

Elevate Dog Training & Behavior,


Professional Member

B. A. & M. F. A. 

California State University - San Jose

Adjunct Professor, DeAnza College &

Hartnell College, 2004-2009


Experienced with a wide variety of canine breeds, mixes, ages, and sizes ranging from tiny 3 week old pups to 150 pound adults, and special needs cases including aggression, anxiety, canine cognitive disorder/dementia, reactivity, separation and confinement distress, and various levels of timidity, trauma, and extreme fear, including fear-based self-defense behaviors. Anti-aversive specialties in fearful, feral, and traumatized dogs, young puppy training in-home, behavior modification, and cooperative care and handling for all puppies and adult dogs.


My work and specialty in fearful, feral, and traumatized dogs is partly a result of having run an international sighthound rescue, which involved intaking and working with many dogs who had been abandoned to survive on their own, sometimes after being purposely harmed so that they couldn't get back to their abandoners' homes. Often these dogs then had to survive the disdain and cruelty of myriad strangers before being rescued.  Before running the rescue, I worked with greyhounds, in whom learned helplessness, masking fear and other trauma, is often mistaken for easiness.

Having been a college professor, I understand the nuances of adult learning and the importance of mutual respect. I am dedicated to helping you achieve peace of mind and a happy life with your dog while simultaneously working to help you ensure your dog's safety and well-being. Metaphorically speaking, your new training program should result in a strong  trust account with your dog, where you'll continue to grow your investment while making as few 'withdrawals' as as possible so that your future together becomes more enjoyable and secure over time. You can have a happy life with your dog; it's a matter of working with instead of against. Scientifically speaking, it's a matter of committing to R+ (positive reinforcement). You'll be amazed by the changes, and you’ll be positively reinforced for achieving them without aversive equipment or methods.


I began clicker training Lagotto Romagnolo Quizzie when she was just 2.5 weeks old (at her breeder's home, of course). Sessions were very short--one or two a week, for just a few minutes at a time. By the time she was 4.5 weeks old, she had already learned Eye Contact, Sit, Come, Get Up on a Platform, behavior chain combinations of these, and the beginnings of Touch (basic targeting). This demo video was done when she was 5 weeks old.

Training young puppies with skills in addition to socializing them gives them a huge advantage in life. Early socialization (before 12-14 weeks of age) is absolutely crucial to safety and wellness, but adding R+ training as a very young puppy can mean avoiding or reducing much of the typical behavioral challenges that many dogs (and their owners) struggle with as they move into adulthood; that, too, increases safety and wellness.

5 week old Lagotto Romagnolo trained by Rain Jordan
Puppy training ran from 2.5 wks old to 5 wks old, 1 to 2x a week for a few minutes each visit, at the breeder's home.

This little guy was about 7 months old when his mom called me for help, as he was doing a lot of jumping up and mouthing her and others -- no ill intent, just wanted to play. He'd been born a shelter pup and didn't know what was appropriate, and now he was in that adolescent phase.  But look how smart!  All dogs do have genius within them; we only need to unveil and encourage it via positive reinforcement, great associations, and fun ! 

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Imagine a world in which all dogs go to heavens known as Home. Home is where the humans have evolved beyond viewing dogs as property, or as subordinate members of the household. Home is where the humans practice life-long learning, and understand the difference between reinforcers and bribes. Home is where one dog is gathered round by all the other dogs at nail trimming time—because now nail trims predict every dog’s favorite form of reinforcement. The days of pinning down a dog are gone. The days of shock and prong and choke collars are gone. The days of kicks and flicks and spinning bound are gone. All the horrors unmentioned are gone. Home is where the phrase “entitled to the dog” has been replaced with the phrase “devoted to the dog.”. . .

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PrivateIn-home Training in Oregon and Washington state: Nehalem, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Arch Cape, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Gearhart, Pinehurst, Surf Pines, Warrenton, Chinook, Ilwaco, Oceanview, Ocean Park, Seaview, Long Beach, Astoria, and Svensen. We may go as far as Longview, Washington, Portland/Tigard/Hillsboro, and Tillamook, depending on the circumstances. Slightly longer drives may be considered. Online training & behavior consultations also are available throughout the U.S.A. and in many other countries.

Gearhart & the North Oregon Coast

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