About Ruff Mutts

Rachel, CPDT-KA

Founder & Dog Trainer

Rae is the founder and owner of Ruff Mutts. Her duties include everything from Dog Trainer to Dog Park Adventurer. Rae is a certified dog trainer through the CCPDT, Pet First Aid and CPR Certified through Pet Tech, a graduate of the Dog Trainer Prep School at the Oregon Humane Society, an Instructor for several courses at Whole Dog Academy, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Some of her favorite dog trainers to keep up with are Terry Ryan, Sophia Yin, and Nicole Wilde. She is an avid animal lover who continues volunteer work to help rescue animals and is very happy to have 3 furry rescue critters in her family: Periwinkle, Kickstand & sweet Cornbread! Outside of her dog obsession, she enjoys traveling & Harry Potter.

Teresa, CPDT-KA

Dog Trainer & Adventure Guide

Teresa Spittler is a graduate of Starmark’s professional dog training school outside Austin, TX and is a member of APDT. For ten years prior to becoming a certified trainer, she worked in doggy daycares and pet sitting services across several Midwestern cities. Teresa thrives in a challenging environment. She loves helping timid dogs transform into confident companions and specializes in teaching uncontrollable dogs healthy boundaries. She works with cats, too! Running, hiking, K9 Nosework, and teaching tricks are her favorite high energy activities with her own canine family members. She is thrilled every morning to wake up & spend her time outside in nature with four-legged friends doing what she loves!


Dog Trainer & Adventure Guide

Cali, our resident trainer-in-training, has a love for dogs that runs deep & her experience is diverse & wide-ranging. Growing up in Arizona, her family bred border collies for a time & ran a dog rescue operation where she sometime had more than 30 dogs to care for! Her professional animal experience started at PetCo & she also spent time as a dog handler for Sniff Dog Hotel. In her spare time, Cali goes to PCC where she is studying linguistics & enjoys spending time with her family, including her very special rescue pup, Paws.



Chrissy is a huge dog enthusiast who recently relocated to Oregon from California. She previously worked for JustFoodFodDogs as a Lead Canine Nutrition Consultant & has independently rescued & rehomed over 20 dogs & cats! Her passion for animal welfare began at a young age. She has years of experience raising her own dogs & caring for animals of all personalities & temperaments. When she’s not caring for Ruff Mutts dogs & cats, she spends time with her 2 dogs & cat or explores the Oregon outdoors.


Dog Walker

Tami has been passionate about dogs since childhood. She once hid out in a doghouse with a stray that her heart was set on keeping vowing not to come out until her parents gave in. She lost that battle but has won many others since. In addition to working as a caregiver and wrangler for a number of years she has now branched out into the world of dog training. She hopes to get her certification sometime in the next year. Originally from Texas, Tami has wound her way slowly up the West coast starting in Los Angeles, followed by San Francisco, and finally landing in Portland, the last leg of her northern migration.
When not dog walking for Ruff Mutts (or wrangling and training with Plucky Puppy and Dog Gone Happy) she keeps very busy playing with her own four wonderful dogs, bicycling, and working on music (her other great passion.)


Dog Walker

Having grown up with both cats & dogs, Courtney is a lifelong animal lover. She currently lives with her cat Libby, 3 chickens, Lettuce, Tomato, & Kitty, & a dog named Biscuit. Courtney is happy to provide loving attention, affection, & exercise to her doggy clients in beautiful Portland. When Courtney is not with her doggy clients, she spends her time with various artistic endeavors, including painting, drawing, & printmaking. She also loves to cook & is an avid nature enthusiast & hiker.