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.


Phoebe is a graduate of Portland State University & a lover of animals & the outdoors. Growing up in rural Colorado, she spent time with dogs & horses at her childhood home. When she’s not caring for your furry friends, she spends time backpacking & enjoying the outdoors in the Pacific NW. You can also find Phoebe running a booth at the Portland farmers market & spending time with friends.


Steve has been an animal lover as long as he can remember. He
grew up on the East Coast with two cats and a dog and spent many a summer day exploring the woods in his hometown in Pennsylvania with his border collie Conan. All grown up, he still loves to play with dogs every chance he gets & in 2015 welcomed a rescue dog of his own, Ada, to his family! Before moving to Portland he lived in Somerville, Massachusetts where he walked dogs for two years. He loves spending time outdoors, exploring the city’s beautiful parks, and getting to meet lots of wonderful pups along the way.


No less than an animal fanatic, you can find Lindsay working all day every day with creatures in some capacity! Lindsay has worked as a keeper for the Oregon Zoo & has been working with animals for as long as she can remember. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family & friends, camping, & playing softball.


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.