The Fearful Dogs Project is devoted to improving the world of and for fearful dogs, including feral/feralized, traumatized, and other marginalized and disadvantaged dogs, by guiding people through best practices for working and living with these often misunderstood animals. The Fearful Dogs Project helps canines and the humans who care for them move beyond fear so that they may enjoy their lives together with as little distress and as much joy as possible.
The fear specialist program that other organizations large and small strive to emulate, The Fearful Dogs Project has been seeing scared, distressed, and traumatized dogs through to recovery unofficially since 2007 and officially since 2014. Puppy mill survivors, feralized dogs, international hunting-tool dogs (podencos, galgos, Hawaiian hunting dogs, etc.) who lived chained to each other in small, dark, bunkers, who were purposely maimed before being abandoned to desolate countrysides or to live as "street dogs," and many others have found hope, protection, and eventual joy via TFDP and its programs. We invite shelters, rescues, trainers, behavior professionals, vet staff, animal welfare organizations, pet parents, and any others who find themselves living with or working around scared or otherwise marginalized dogs to join us. Whether by supporting, learning with, or hiring The Fearful Dogs Project, you’ll get the help you need to move you from general knowledge to specific, transformational outcomes. Learn more at https://FearfulDogsProject.org or by emailing us.
Ensuring fear leads to learning, not loss.
The Fearful Dogs Project is directed by its creator, Rain Jordan. Specializing in feralized, traumatized, and other fearful dogs, Ms. Jordan is a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a graduate of Behavior+ Works' Applied Animal Behavior program (LLA), and a professional member (canine behavior/training) of the Pet Professional Guild. Ms. Jordan wrote the first ever essay on learned helplessness in racing industry greyhounds; this seminal work appeared in a 3 part series in The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds magazine. Jordan also writes a twice monthly canine behavior column for her local newspaper and articles for other publications In addition to running her private training & behavior practice, she also develops and directs animal welfare programs for companion animals and their humans. The Fearful Dogs Project was one of the earliest of these programs. Ms. Jordan holds a terminal degree (M.F.A.) and has more than 15 years experience teaching adults, including teaching in California colleges. She is the author of several books, including Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer and The Dog Who Couldn't Be Petted.
Developmental stages and Phase 1 of The Fearful Dogs Project were a result of support from the founder and a few private donors. The Fearful Dogs Project, Phase 2, run in the Pacific Northwest, was supported by a research grant from Maddie's Fund, #ThanksToMaddie. We currently seek funding for Phase 3 and invite interested shelters or other animal welfare organizations to chat with us about possible collaboration. Fees from the Fear Abatement Mastery (FAM) programs also help fund our work.