Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP.  Certified Behavior Modification & Training.
Northwest Oregon, Southwest Washington, & by phone or Skype elsewhere.  
Anti-Aversives, Bonded, & Insured         831.239.9417           Info@ExpertCanine.com

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.

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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.

"The training we received from Expert Canine exceeded our expectations. We have a 10-year-old dog who came to us from the shelter 8 years ago with lots of behavioral issues. Rain Jordan provided methods we were able to practice and implement easily on our own. We saw immediate improvement. As we continued to work with Rain, we saw more the issues abate. We are thrilled with Rain's positivity, kindness, clarity, and dedication to animal welfare."

--A. & L. Ayers

Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers


Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training

& Behavior Certified Training Partner,

Certified Dog Trainer Professional


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

Columnist, Canine Corner

Cannon Beach Gazette & Seaside Signal

Behavior Consultant/Rehabilitator

& Trainer, 2014-Present, Protect Them All

Sighthound specialist, volunteer,

2006 - 2013

Farmed animal volunteer

Behavior Specialist / Trainer,

Elevate Dog Training & Behavior,


B. A. & M. F. A. 

California State University - San Jose

Adjunct Professor, DeAnza College Hartnell College, 2004-2009


Professional Member,

Project Trade Member, & Shock Free Coalition

Regional Coordinator for Oregon


Aggression in Dogs Master Course

Director, The Fearful Dogs Project


Experience 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 aggressive behaviors. I specialize in fearful, feral, and traumatized dogs and in the anti-aversive,  positive reinforcement training of basic skills (aka manners / obedience),  counterconditioning, and cooperative care and handling for all puppies and adult dogs.

"Rain was wonderful to work with. My obstreperous 7 month old puppy decided she was his new best friend right away. We both learned new plans and the best part, never felt slow-witted. Seeing that Bear had a chance of being a 'good boy' [was another favorite part]."  

-Julie M.

   (We come to you in most cases.)
                                         We Train Your Dog For You: "Day Training" (MOST   RECOMMENDED)
                                                          Private training & behavior modification by us--while you observe, run errands, or work.
                                                                                                             Click here for details
                                                         We Show You How to Train Your Dog (some situations call for this)
                                                                    Private, in-home training & behavior modification with you.
    Specialty Behavior Modification Program 
    For emotional or behavioral concerns such as fear, aggression, soiling, etc
    Puppy Home School Program 
     Private skills training as early as 3 weeks of age at breeder home (with vet approval)
    Safe Play Skills / Doggy Dynamics Program
    To best ensure proper introductions, play, and other interactions
    Cooperative Care & Handling Program
    Low Stress Vet Visits, Nail Trimming, Bathing,  Grooming, & more
     Staff Training & Education Programs
     For Doggy Day Care, Groomers, Shelters, Veterinarians, and 501c3
      Rescues, Shelters, & Animal Protection Organizations
                                                               No certified, anti-aversive behavior consultants/trainers near you?
                                                               We offer International, Private V-Conference Consults

   Go from pulling on the leash to tugging at your heart strings.

       Or from hiding under the bed to snuggling under the covers.

Rain is the only Certified Canine Behavior Consultant & Certified Professional Dog Trainer in the Columbia Pacific region.
Whether training your dog for you, helping you train your dog, or providing remote consultation & instruction,
our goal is to help ensure that dog-human relationships are delightful rather than difficult.

“Freddy, a rescued greyhound, is dog reactive and we needed support to help both dog and human to be more confident when meeting other dogs. We found Rain through an article she had written about Learned Helplessness in greyhounds and worked with her via video conference. Rain was very accessible, easy to talk to, and explained concepts/strategies in such a way that we could immediately put them into practice. We also appreciated that Rain communicated with us in between consultations. Freddy made a lot of progress, including his humans, and we can keep working with Freddy without a feeling of panic. We highly recommend Rain.”

--Freddy, Claudia, and Laurens

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. Call or 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: Info@ExpertCanine.com 
















As a member of the Pet Professional Guild and in support of anti-aversive training and handling, Expert Canine offers a discount on the first training or coaching package when you surrender these items to us:

     Choke Collars, Prong Collars, Shock Collars, Bark Collars, Scat Mats: 10%                                                                  Electric Fencing: 15%

You become an Expert Canine V.I.P. when you commit to providing your dog an anti-aversives life.


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, was 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, easy 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.




What have you heard ?


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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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.
Same pup, when she was first learning "sit" -- about 3.5 weeks of age.
Same pup at apx 3.5 weeks of age, after training "sit"

For dogs who fear nail trimming, it is best not to restrain and force them--that only makes the fear worse and may provoke biting. There are a couple of better options:  1) Learn force free nail trimming, which, like most cooperative care and handling, is absolutely doable for most dogs and owners but does require a time commitment and patience; or 2) Teach the dog to file her nails, e.g., as shown below. The downside to option 2 is that dewclaws are not done this way, and on some paw shapes, outer claws may be missed as well. (Back feet take longer to train also.) The upside: Many dogs enjoy this! I make these boards and you can too if you're handy.

Teaching Iris to file her own nails
Teaching a dog to file her own nails

Without knowing this dog and her "before," it's impossible to appreciate what this video evidences. Her owners hired me to help modify leash aggression/reactivity that, to use one of their phrases, manifested in her "losing her mind" any time a trigger appeared. And her triggers were many: People, dogs, birds, cars, trucks, and all wheeled things,  etc.  This day, a group of girls was goofing around in the middle of one end of the street, while from the other end, cars would come and go.  Because we'd spent a good amount of time methodically working on changing negative associations to triggers, no mind losing occurred, no lunging, barking, & spinning in the air either, as were her previous reactions. While she's not completely zen-mind yet, the attention shows she's not just being treat "bribed" or "distracted"; on the contrary, she's changing both emotionally and cognitively, and as a result, behaviorally.

Reactive Dog Behavior Modification
Reactive Dog Behavior Modification

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 a little fun whenever possible! 

Look at those eyes.  And... that calmness! 

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