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.
Independent-board-certified canine behavior consultant Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Certified Fearful Dog Professional (CFDP) instructor/mentor, is the only certified, positive reinforcement trainer/behavior consultant on the north Oregon coast, and the author of Extreme Fear in Dogs, Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer, Canine Stress Signals, and The Dog Who Couldn't Be Petted.
Fields of Special Expertise:
Canine Fear & Fear-Related Behaviors, including Self-Defense Responses
feral & semi-feral dogs, puppy-milled dogs, abused & traumatized dogs, anxious dogs, & other fearful dogs
Proper Socialization, Safety, Training, & Behavior Basics for Puppies
online, or in breeder's home or yours, to promote bite inhibition & development into behaviorally sound dogs
Vet Visits Preparation/Handling (CC&H)
anti-aversive prep for cooperating w/ care necessities
Reactivity & Aggression
the most effective, humane approaches available
Basic to Advanced
Skills Training (aka 'obedience'/'manners')
effective, positive approaches for jumping up, leash pulling, and other common issues
basic through advanced skills including recall, loose leash walking, etc.
private online behavior consultation, training, & courses for owners & professionals
Private, In-Person Sessions
We train your dog while you work or observe, and teach you how to maintain progress
Approach: Humane Education & Implementation. Force-Free / Anti-Aversive
To set an appointment, please proceed as follows:
1. Please read this notice, and if acceptable, complete the initial form here: EC Intake Form . Once we've reviewed this form and confirm availability for your request, we'll send you our client agreement.
2. After we receive your completed Intake and Client Agreement forms, we will email you our current openings, and then a PayPal invoice. Booking is done on a first-come, first-served basis, upon receipt of payment. (You do not need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, and PayPal accepts most major credit cards.)
3. In order to provide quality service to each client, we work to avoid overbooking and so encourage you to plan in advance. Questions? Email:
Certified Behavior Consultant,
Canine. Knowledge Assessed.
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
Behavior Rehabilitator & Trainer,
2014-Present, Protect Them All
Columnist, Canine Corner
Cannon Beach Gazette & Seaside Signal
Director, The Fearful Dogs Project
The Dog Who Couldn't Be Petted
Canine Stress Signals
Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer
Hero: A Podenco's Tale
Certified Fearful Dogs Professional
Aggression in Dogs Master Course
Pet Professional Guild
Behavior Specialist / Trainer,
Elevate Dog Training & Behavior,
Sighthound specialist, volunteer, 2006 - 2013
Farmed animal volunteer
Adjunct Professor, DeAnza College &
Hartnell College, 2004-2009
B. A. & M. F. A.
California State University - San Jose
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, puppy training in-home, behavior modification, and cooperative care and handling for all puppies and adult dogs.
A CBCC-KA, which means Certified Behavior Consultant, Canine-Knowledge Assessed, is a vetted professional who can help you with canine behavior and emotional difficulties such as aggression, reactivity, anxiety, resource guarding, fears and phobias, unusual soiling, and other upsetting issues. Though a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant is usually a dog trainer as well, s/he has additional qualifications far beyond that of a dog trainer. Regular dog trainers, even Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KAs), are not always qualified to deal with concerns such as aggression, reactivity, fears, phobias, anxiety, and early socialization to ensure sound behavorial development. Teaching a dog skills like sitting on cue and coming when called are highly desirable abilities, but these skills alone will not resolve issues such as fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression because such problems originate at the level of a dog's emotions--the subconscious--whereas obedience training operates generally at the conscious level.
A CBCC-KA's qualifications and ethics have been professionally assessed by the independent, international certifying organization, The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. As of December 2018 there are only 232 CBCC-KAs worldwide, and currently there are only 7 in the entire state of Oregon. In order to be awarded the CBCC-KA certification, an applicant must first have several hundred working hours of canine behavior experience, and then must pass a rigorous, carefully and independently proctored examination. To be awarded the CBCC-KA, Certified Canine Behavior Consultants must demonstrate competence in applied behavior analysis, ethology, body language, & observational skills, consulting skills & best practices, health, development, & life stages, and anatomy & physiology. CBCCs also stay abreast of and may even participate in new research in animal behavior, and must keep their education and skills up to date. CBCCs also must adopt Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) principles to assist their clients and become a resource for the public, and some CBCCs, myself included, take extra measures to adopt anti-aversive policies. CBCCs such as myself may also seek to assist companion animals and their humans by seeking to prevent and/or interrupt interaction cycles that historically have tended to lead to euthanasia due to behavior problems.
Because there are no laws for regulating dog training, some people unfortunately claim to be animal "behaviorists" without having the knowledge, experience, oversight, or professional education and credentials needed to ensure they are qualified to help people and their pets. Just as a person in need of heart surgery would start by seeking out a reputable board certified heart surgeon, those in need of behavior help for their dogs are wise to begin by seeking out an anti-aversives, certified behavior consultant with nationally recognized credentials, such as the CBCC-KA.
A Note About Professional Organizations (CCPDT versus APDT):
The CCPDT (Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) offers independent certification to dog training and behavior professionals and is an organization of certificants. Certificants have taken and passed a rigorous examination, and must continue to recertify to retain the credential. APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) is an organization of members. Members are individuals with an interest in the goals of the organization, who pay annual membership dues to participate. APDT members continue to be part of the organization as long as they continue to pay their annual dues, but there are no requirements for expertise, experience, examination, or continuing education for APDT members. CCPDT certificants must keep their knowledge updated via lifelong professional education (or retesting) and provide proof of that in order to maintain their certifications. As Susan Smith explains it, "In the dog training certification world, there is only one truly independent certifying body – the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). "
What's a CBCC-KA?
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.”. . .