Expert Canine Client Reviews

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"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

"Rain is truly an expert in positive dog training. Her specialty is working with anxious and reactive dogs. She has helped us immensely with our 3-year-old reactive Carin Terrier. Her expertise has saved us a lot of time by teaching us how to properly train our dog without making things worse.

We have worked remotely with her during the pandemic and feel we have gotten our money's worth many times over from her observation, advice and helpful videos.

She is patient and answers all our questions. Because of her extensive experience, she anticipates problems we are likely to face when working out issues with our dog who is overcoming early-life trauma she suffered before coming to us. Rain helped us understand what our dog is going through and changed how we view her behavior.

Rain is one of the most empathetic people we have met. She gets our highest recommendation."

--R Mac

"Rain is an incredibly professional, compassionate, and thoughtful dog trainer and behavior specialist. When I first adopted my rescued golden doodle, Rain helped me with her barrier (leash, car, fence, window) reactivity and separation distress. Rain instilled confidence in me as well as my dog, helping us both overcome the distress and embarrassment that comes from having a dog that sounds like a maniac on leash. We learned skills for long term behavior change and success, and my dog has gone from a skittish rescue to a confident companion. I highly recommend Expert Canine for dog training and behavior services."

--Elise Patrick

"Rain was just wonderful. She made me feel confident and gave me the tools to continue training long after our sessions ended. I use those tools every day with my large Shepard. I have a huge improvement in recall, leash walking, reactivity, and overall behavior. I like that she uses positive reinforcement and I helped me gain trust from my dog. Rain was very responsive to issues that I ran into and called me after hours many time to talk through training issues that I was having. I believe that she really cares about her clients and I would recommend her 100%."

--Kimberly Borst

“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

"Rain has been great. When we started I was very confused and unsure of why I wasn't able to help my dog do what he needed to do. She has helped me learn how to let my dog Charlie know what I want so that we are happier together. She is very helpful, very knowledgeable, very skilled. I would recommend her services to anyone."

--Robb Charnock

 

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"I recently adopted a dog that came from a hoarding situation. Within the first week at home, she began to show signs of leash/barrier reactivity (lunging, growling snapping at dogs and people), sound sensitivity and separation distress.  I immediately contacted Expert Canine for help because I knew these were issues I needed to address early on so that they wouldn't get worse.  Rain was incredibly thorough in her consultation and provided clear, achievable steps for me to begin working with my dog on her behavior issues. We've made great progress thanks to Rain's expertise and support."

--E. P. 

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"Best trainer I've ever had. She laid out a plan after meeting me and my dog. She explained everything and my dog was trained and happy in the end. And the best part was I did not feel bad about like I had with other trainers! No yanking, no scolding, or yelling at the dog. What a great experience. Well worth it!" 

--Patty Veach 

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"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

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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