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.



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



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

  • Four or eight 60-minute in-person coaching sessions either in your yard or at a near by 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.


1 Hour Private Training Session - $150

Purchase a package and recieve a discount

Puppy Package 

5 sessions - $600

9 sessions - $1080



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 puppy 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 seperation 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. 


1 hour Private Training Session – $150.00

Purchase a package and recieve a discount

Package 1: 4 Private Sessions – $480.00

Package 2: 8 Private Sessions – $960.00


"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


"I only wish I would have met Kate earlier in our journey with our new puppy. Every class was incredibly valuable and curated to my concerns and wishes for training. I was very happy it was not a cookie cutter experience but tailored to me and my dogs needs. Kate was so knowledgeable in puppy psychology and was like a therapist to me when I was convinced issues my puppy had would never be resolved. After 5 weeks of class I'm so happy with working with Kate that we have moved to once a month meetings for the foreseeable future to work with our puppy and just discuss any of our concerns."

Ian, Ginger & Joon


"Kate has worked with me and my brand new rescue who is about 2. I actually first consulted with Kate prior to adopting to get advice on integrating a new dog into the house with my roommate’s two dogs. She has been invaluable every step of the process. I’ve now had Poppy two months and Kate has helped me with leash reactivity, kennel training, recall, basic manners, and having guests in the home. Having Kate to text when I have questions, her teaching me training games and strategies to help Poppy be successful on walks, and help her when meeting new people has made everything better. I’m more confident as an owner and most importantly Poppy is happy and improving everyday. I recommend Kate to everyone I know who is even considering getting a new dog. Best decision I made and worth every dollar."

Mariah & Poppy


"I fell into the trap of getting a COVID puppy and to say I was in over my head would be an understatement. I watched tons of youtube videos and read multiple books on puppy training but applying it to real life was so much harder. I am just so happy I reached out to Kate. Kate has been working with me and my puppy, Biscuit, since she was 12 weeks old. Kate has really emphasized positive reinforcement and keeping all training sessions fun so that Biscuit could succeed. After every training session, Kate provides handouts and homework so that we are accountable to continue the training until our next session. I am so proud of the progress Biscuit has made and I really just have Kate to thank for that. Biscuit can even loose leash walk and heel at 7 months of age! There always seems to be something new for Biscuit to work on and Kate has helped us with each step. I highly recommend Kate as a puppy trainer. I have no regrets about it!"

Sandy & Biscuit

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"I had the immense pleasure of working with Kate in personal training sessions with our pup Winston. Kate was an amazing help and was clear, thoughtful and informative in our training sessions. I bothered Kate with quite a few questions via email that were always responded to within less than 24 hours. Also, we loved how each session was followed up by training materials via email so if we forgot anything we could revisit later. Will absolutely be using Rain or Shine Canine in the future :) Thank you, Kate!"

Alex & Winston


"Kate is an absolutely brilliant and skilled trainer. She helped us for about 5 months with our golden doodle puppy, Zuko, who simply adores her. She does positive reinforcement training that has had a lasting effect on our puppy's behavior. Kate helped us with a variety of issues from mouthiness to crate training to recall to leash training to drop it and leave it. We can totally see the learning curve with Zuko; he is much better behaved and way more responsive to us now. She is also mindful of pacing the training so as not to overwhelm you or the puppy. She gives detailed reports and feedback after every session and provides excellent resources. I find myself constantly going back to her notes and tips. She is also extremely kind and patient and would answer all our questions with great care. We have experienced first-hand the great rewards of Kate's approach to training and I cannot recommend her more highly. She is truly amazing! Zuko misses you."

Minu, Alpen & Zuko


"Kate was incredible to work with. She is quick to respond to questions which is so helpful when you’re working to train a puppy or fix a behavior. Her methods work well and our puppy was so excited to see her every time she came by. Thanks for everything, Kate!"

Rachelle, Michael & Otto


"I have known Kate for years, and this is my first time using her dog training services! ! I am overwhelmed at her knowledge and acute skills, and her happy positive reinforcement methods! My rescue dog Apple came from China, and he is having trouble toning down his exuberance around my other senior dogs. Kate introduced so many training exercises, which he did magically for her, (5 gold stars), and followed up with homework assignments and a very thorough detailed description of the things you just learned, as well as new ideas to try. She builds training exercises starting from simple, to gradually introducing more advanced tips on those same skills. Sort of a stair step approach. Apple LOVED the training, and responded very well. Kate was super focused to what our specific needs were. I highly recommend Kate and Rain or Shine Canine PDX!"

Annie Bunnie & Apple, Donnie & Baberly


"My wife and I met Kate when we brought our Aussie, Milo, to puppy socialization classes. He did great and was always super excited once we got there. He has some behavior issues. Pulling on walks. Reactive to cars, bikes, runners...things he'd like to herd! We got some private lessons and we have learned so much from Kate. She has a great rapport with Milo. She taught us positive reinforcement techniques, redirecting, smart use of treats and distraction. He's made great strides in his training. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are in such a better place thanks to everything we've learned. We highly recommend Rain or Shine Canine!"

Ethan, Nan & Milo



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