The Fearful Dogs Project is devoted to improving the world of and for fearful dogs, including feral, "semi-feral," 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 companion 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.
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 inquire.
Founder & Director
The Fearful Dogs Project is directed by its creator, Rain Jordan. Specializing in feral, 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), 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 eventually 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 in addition to doing private training and behavior work and directing charity programs for companion animals and their humans. The Fearful Dogs Project was one of the earliest of these programs, with its initial efforts for and with fearful dogs beginning in 2014. Ms. Jordan holds a terminal degree (M.F.A.) and has more than 15 years experience teaching adults, including a background in teaching English, creative writing, literature, and critical thinking in California colleges. She is the author of Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer and The Dog Who Couldn't Be Petted.