Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP. Certified Behavior Modification & Training.
Anti-Aversives, Bonded, Certified, & Insured 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.
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.
Fields of Special Expertise:
Canine Fear & Fear-Related Behaviors, including Self-Defense
feral & semi-feral dogs, puppy-milled dogs, abused & traumatized dogs, anxious dogs, & other fearful dogs
Young Puppy Training & Behavior
promoting development into behaviorally sound dogs
Approach: Provide Humane Education & Implementation
we train your pup while you work or observe, then teach you how to maintain progress
Distance Learning Options
online private consultation & courses for owners & professionals
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:
Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training
& Behavior Certified Training Partner,
Certified Dog Trainer Professional
Behavior Rehabilitator & Trainer,
2014-Present, Protect Them All
Sighthound specialist, volunteer,
2006 - 2013
Farmed animal volunteer
Behavior Works for Animal Behavior Professionals (Applied Behavior Analysis) Certificate of Excellence
Columnist, Canine Corner
Cannon Beach Gazette & Seaside Signal
Behavior Specialist / Trainer,
Elevate Dog Training & Behavior,
Aggression in Dogs Master Course
Director, The Fearful Dogs Project
B. A. & M. F. A.
California State University - San Jose
Adjunct Professor, DeAnza College,
Hartnell College, 2004-2009
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 self-defense behaviors. Specialties in fearful, feral, and traumatized dogs and in anti-aversive training of basic skills (aka manners / obedience), counterconditioning, 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.
Rain Jordan is the only canine professional in the Columbia Pacific region who is both a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She's also a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA CTP).
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.
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.
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.
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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