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 skills 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.  You'll be amazed by the changes, and you’ll be positively reinforced for achieving them without aversive equipment or methods.

My work and specialty in fearful, feral, and traumatized dogs is partly a result of having run an international dog 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.

Certified Behavior Consultant, Canine (CBCC-KA)

Certified Professional Dog Trainer  (CPDT-KA)

(Accreditation by The CCPDT)

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior Certified Training Partner  (KPA CTP)

Certified Fearful Dogs Professional (CFDP) Instructor/Mentor

Author (Books on Canine Fear, Behavior, Training,  Handling, & Welfare)

Canine Behavior Columnist, Seaside Signal

Applied Animal Behavior Certificate of Excellence

(Behavior+ Works LLA program)

Aggression in Dogs Mastercourse Certificate

BA & MFA, California State University (San Jose)

Previous (partial list):

Canine Behavior Columnist, Cannon Beach Gazette & the Daily Astorian

Behavior Rehabilitator & Director -

Sighthound Sanctuary & Animal Services

Farmed Animal Volunteer, Wilder Park

Adjunct Professor, De Anza & Hartnell Colleges

Expert Canine: Expertise in dog behavior & dog training
How to Get on the Schedule:

1. Please read this notice, and if acceptable, complete the initial form here: Info Form .  Once I've reviewed this form and confirm availability for your request, I'll email or call you for a very brief chat (a few minutes) to ensure a good match between us. After that confirmation, I'll send you our client agreement.


2. After receiving your Client Agreement, I will email you my current openings and a PayPal invoice.  Booking is 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. Zelle QuickPay is also an option if you prefer.)


3. In order to provide quality service to each client, I work to avoid overbooking and so encourage you to book in advance.  (You may also request to be added to the wait list if there are no current openings.)  Questions? Email: Info@ExpertCanine.com 

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The Process, Simplified:

Read notice:     Complete form:     Complete Client Agreement:      Select Service & Pay Invoice:    Schedule first session

FAQ Excerpts:

What locations do you serve?

I serve clients nationwide/internationally, and of course locally.

Do you offer a guarantee?

My Promise to You and your dog is outlined on the first page of this website. If someone has offered you a guarantee that seems too good to be true, it probably is. There's a very good reason why it is unethical to make guarantees--and risky to trust guarantees--about dog behavior / training, and here it is: There is no humane way to achieve absolute control over or perfection in an animal's behavior.  Anyone who guarantees they will "cure" your dog's behavior issues or that they can turn your dog into a perfect specimen of manners and obedience is therefore either unaware of how behavior works, or is using tactics that create the illusion of cure or perfection; such tactics involve pain, fear, and/or force to suppress, not resolve, undesired behavior through emotional violence, and sometimes also through physical violence. Please do not take that risk.

Because you and your dog are individuals with your own lives, thoughts, feelings, and behavioral preferences, because you and your dog can make independent decisions and are free to take actions other than those I recommend, and because I refuse to impose or recommend emotional or physical harm,  such guarantees are not a part of my practice.​

What methods do you use?

I'm an anti-aversives professional, which means that I believe I must do everything possible to provide positive reinforcement and positive behavior modification services, avoid aversives, and help you to do the same. I refuse to use pain, force, intimidation, or fear on your dog in order to provide my services.

Why hire a Behavior Consultant like yourself instead of a vet behaviorist?

Good behavior consultants do essentially the same behavior modification/training work as vet behaviorists. Aggression, anxiety, fear, phobias, reactivity, trauma, and feral dog behavior are all part of my practice. Veterinarians and vet behaviorists do differ in that they prescribe medication, since they are veterinary doctors. If you want your dog to have psychoactive medication in addition to behavior modification/training, I can connect you with a vet behaviorist and the three of us will work together for you and your dog's needs--or, if your regular veterinarian is savvy about and stays updated regarding behavior-modification supportive medications, that may be an option for medication instead, and again the three of us will work together to help you meet your goals.  In most cases, you can save a lot of money using a well-educated and experienced behavior consultant for behavior modification and training.


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

Nationally/Internationally via Video Conference

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