Building trust and the bond between you and your dog!

Kate Johnson is a professional Dog Trainer with a very simple philosophy. Positive reinforcement, science based training and behavior solutions strengthen your relationship with your dog and develop a more confident, happy and well-behaved pup.  We offer convenient, custom, in-home training. All animals involved in the process experience the benefits, including the humans! Put your best paw forward and let’s get started today.



Helping You Help Your Pet



Whether you’re getting ready for a new addition to your family or have already brought your puppy home, puppy training and socialization are essential in getting your puppy on the right path to becoming a happy and well-adjusted adult. I can help you get your puppy started on the right track with my Puppy Training Program.

Here are some examples of what we’ll cover during training:

  • Foundations skills and behaviors (attention, name recognition, sit, down, polite walking, polite greetings, coming when called, place training, crate training)

  • Common puppy behavior challenges such as jumping, chewing, mouthing and play biting

  • House training support

  • Socialization

  • Enrichment

  • Handling and cooperative care


  • 60-minute initial consultation either virtual or in-person where we’ll discuss your dog’s background, behavior history, training goals, and introduction to training.

  • Four 60-minute in-person coaching sessions either in your home, yard or at a nearby park for your convenience.

  • Building strong foundation skills and behaviors such as attention, name recognition, handler engagement, sit, down, place training, settle and relaxation skills, crate training, house training, socialization, acclimation to handling, loose leash walking, polite greetings.


Purchase a package and receive a discount

Puppy Package 

5 sessions - $700

1 Hour Private Training Session - $165



Do you want your dog to listen, be engaged with you, and come when called?

Would you like them to politely greet your guests and settle calmly while you enjoy a nice dinner at home?

Do you want to teach your pup the life skills they need to be a happy and well-adjusted adult?

Do you want to make your leash walks more enjoyable?

Would you like to enjoy hiking and exploring the world with your dog?

Are you struggling with separation training?

I can help you live the life with your dog you’ve always wanted!

We offer private, in-home training sessions personalized to each client’s needs. 


Purchase a package and receive a discount

Package 1: 4 Private Sessions – $560

1 hour Private Training Session – $165.00



Modern, positive reinforcement-based approach is safe, humane, and effective.

Kate is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) under the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), as well as practices force-free, fear-free, positive training and is committed to and uses the most current, gentle, science-based, positive training and behavior modification techniques. Kate has always had a love for animals and the outdoors. After 18 years working in office administration, she decided to follow her love of animals and nature and start a new career working with dogs. Kate has been serving as the Board Secretary of Whole Dog Academy, an education and research based nonprofit organization, since 2015. Committed to lifelong learning, Kate completed Whole Dog Academy's rigorous canine behavior and dog training program and attends continuing education seminars conducted by national and international leaders. Kate is also a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT); Pet Professionals Guild (PPG); and Licensed, Bonded, and Insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas.

Kate enjoys instructing in-home private training, off leash enrichment adventure groups and running puppy socials but has found a real passion for helping families welcome puppies into their homes during their puppy’s critical socialization period of development. Kate loves helping families with kids and other pets welcome a new puppy as smoothly and safely as possible into their homes. Kate excels in consulting with puppy families and then building a training and socialization plan specific to their unique needs and training goals.

 Kate spends her downtime with her family which includes her husband and elementary aged daughter as well as a very good doodle, Powells, and a hilarious kitten, Poppy.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; Whole Dog Academy Dog Trainer Program Graduate; Dove Lewis Pet First Aid/CPR; Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Flagler College


"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive."

Gilda Radner



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client testimonials


"I am so glad that I booked the Puppy Package with Rain or Shine Canine to help my puppy (and myself) to not only help lay the foundation of becoming a well-socialized dog but also to work through some of my pup's sensitivities 1 on 1. Cubby started out fairly timid and nervous, specifically of sounds and new places – and Kate went above and beyond in helping us! She offered so much personalized guidance, helpful resources & exercises, and encouragement. Kate educated me on reading body language, advocating & communicating for your pup, and creating positive environments for them to grow. Puppy parenting is hard and when you're in it, you can forget how far they've come, so I always loved that Kate would celebrate his progress! Cubby has grown leaps and bounds in his focus, leash skills, recall, and overall confidence. I honestly couldn't imagine raising Cubby without the help of Kate at Rain or Shine – so grateful!"

Savannah & Cubby



Owner & Trainer: Kate Johnson, CPDT-KA
Portland, Oregon