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.
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!
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.
Rachel graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Environmental Studies, backing her love for the outdoors and respect for the natural world. Her passion for animal welfare began at 8 years old when she started her own petsitting business in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. She has years of experience raising her own dogs and caring for animals of all personalities and temperaments. She recently raised her 3 year old rescue dog, realizing the abilities of positive reinforcement training to strengthen a life long bond between dog and owner. When she’s not caring for your furry friends, she spends time exploring the PNW outdoors, doing arts and crafts, and relaxing with her own furry bud, Levi.
Courtney is a lifelong animal lover having grown up with both cats & dogs. She is happy to provide the loving care, affection, & exercise that her doggy clients need in beautiful Portland. When Courtney is not with her doggy clients, she spends her time with various artistic endeavors.