Dr. Caroline Spark, owner of City Dog Country Dog, has nearly 30 years of experience helping people solve problems, meet learning goals, and achieve positive change. With a PhD in psychology and a background in counseling and adult education, she has studied and worked extensively in the field of dog training and behavior. She particularly enjoys training dogs for family life, Canine Good Citizenship, and service work, and providing seminars on canine life enrichment. Caroline knows from personal experience the stresses and joys of living with and rehabilitating dogs with behavior problems. She brings understanding, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, and a spirit of play to her work with dogs and people.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA - CCPDT #3071421)
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC #205)
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Certified Dognition Evaluator
Licensed Psychologist (#PS0065912, NSW, Australia)
Licensed Family Paws Presenter

PhD (Psychology), University of Wollongong, Australia
BSc (Hons) (Psychology), University of Wollongong, Australia
Dip. Advanced Canine Behavioral Science (Companion Animal Sciences Institute)

Professional memberships
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
American Psychological Association

Dr. Jay Fineman is the veterinary consultant for City Dog Country Dog’s Board & Train program on the Oregon Central Coast.
Dr. Fineman has practiced veterinary medicine for over 35 years. He currently owns Tender Transitions,
an in-home hospice and palliative care service for animals on the Central Oregon Coast. Tender Transitions allows patients
to live their lives as fully and comfortably as possible, and to die at home in the company of those who love them. The service offers:
* Phone consultations and in-home visits
* Cooperation with treating veterinarians
* Pain management
* Quality of life and euthanasia consultation
* Aftercare and grief support

Contact Tender Transitions at 541-9613082 or transitions@newportnet.com

VMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
MA (Philosophy), University of Waterloo
BA (English Literature), UCLA

Professional memberships
American Veterinary Medical Association
Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

Heather Ohmart has been working with people and their dogs for over 15 years. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Veterinary Assistant, and has extensive experience with puppies and adolescent dogs. She operates City Dog Country Dog’s Board & Train service in Portland, and also provides in-home consultation and training. Heather particularly loves to work with new puppies and their families, getting them off to a good start and setting the foundation for a happy life together. In addition to her work with City Dog Country Dog, Heather runs a puppy raising program for a service dog organization in a local correctional facility, and volunteers in the mental health unit there with her therapy dog, Healey. She has a deep interest in working with other therapy dog teams and partnering with Portland area therapists to develop innovative programs in Animal-Assisted Therapy.

BA Sociology (University of Oregon)
BA Environmental Studies (University of

Certifcate in Animal-Assisted Therapy Activities and Learning (University of
Graduate School of Social Work)
Certifed Professional Dog Trainer (KA - CCPDT#

Meredith began training dogs at 8 years of age in 4-H and always knew animals would be a big part of her life. After applying her undergraduate psychology training to assisting families experiencing domestic violence, her heartstrings pulled her towards a career in helping dogs with behavior problems. In addition to her behavior consulting work, Meredith has worked for the past six years at Dog Gone Happy daycare in Portland, where she developed a special interest in canine group dynamics.

BSc(Portland State University)
MS Animal Behavior Counseling (American College of Applied Science)

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA -CCPDT #2143681)

Professional Memberships
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (Member #82961)

Jacqui left behind a corporate career in the software field to raise her kids, and pursue her love of animals, including raising Pygora fleece goats and training horses and dogs. She became aware of the difference a dog can make in a disabled person’s life when she raised a puppy successfully for Guide Dogs for the Blind. In her work with City Dog Country Dog, Jacqui specializes in assisting people to train their own service dogs, and provides Urban Wild adventures for reactive dogs In Portland. Jacqui also works as a shelter volunteer and contract trainer for the Oregon Humane Society. At home, she enjoys the company of Takoda, her young Chinook (pictured), and Fynn a wonderful OHS alumnus.

BSc (Hons) (Business Administration & Marketing) Portland State University
Graduate, Oregon Humane Society Professional Dog Training Program

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA-CCPDT # 1153842)
Approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC Evaluator # 92000)

Professional Memberships
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Member of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program

Brittany is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and a graduate of the SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers in 2006. She moved to Portland from the Bay area where she worked as Senior Behavior and Training Coordinator for the East Bay SPCA. Brittany has substantial experience with behavior evaluation, consultation and training in individual and group settings. She is also experienced in leading off-leash playgroups and hikes. Brittany provides in-home training assistance for family dogs, Board and Train for young dogs, and is an instructor in our Call of the Urban Wild adventure program. In her spare time she enjoys taking road trips, camping and hiking.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA-CCPDT # 1153896)
Certificate in Training and Counseling, SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers

After a 20-year career in corporate accounting, Theresa embarked on a new dog
walking and dog sitting venture, opening Tired Dog Good Dog in Portland in
2014. She collaborates with City Dog Country Dog to provide one-on-one
boarding and sitting for reactive dogs in our Safe & Sound program, and assists
at our annual Call of the Wild Dog Camps. Theresa has a particular affinity for
reactive and shy dogs, from her experience with her own dogs, with dog walking
and sitting client dogs, and with shelter dogs at the Oregon Humane Society. She
understands the complex and sometimes exhausting challenges of living with
dogs with special behavioral needs. Theresa enjoys providing such dogs with a
safe haven for relaxation and learning, and their people with the opportunity to
enjoy a vacation or business trip, or take a break from their dog’s issues for a

Contact Theresa at www.tireddoggooddog.net

BS Accounting and Marketing (Oklahoma State University)

Certified Professional Dog Walker (Dog*Tec Dog Walking Academy)

Professional Memberships
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (Member # 83525)

Julie is a certified dog trainer and behavior counselor. She has always felt a strong connection with animals, and has been involved with animals throughout her life, volunteering at the San Jose Zoo, the Chintimini Wildlife Rehab Center, and two SPCAs. She raised llamas for 10 years and has always had a dog or two at any given time. Julie lives on the Oregon Coast, and offers private training and behavior counseling, puppy socialization and training classes. She also co-instructs at Vacation Training Retreats, Call of the Wild Dog Camps, and other outdoor events for dogs and their people.

BS Computer Science (UC Berkeley)

Certificate in Training and Counseling (Academy for Dog Trainers)

Karolin has worked with City Dog Country Dog since 2010, first as an intern and later as a certified dog trainer and behavior counselor. She graduated from the Academy of Dog Trainers in 2016. Karolin recently moved from the Oregon Coast to Ithaca, NY where she continues to offer private training and behavior counseling. She has extensive experience with reactive dogs, and is much loved by her clients for her positive, supportive approach to challenging behavior problems. She currently walks and trains dogs and instructs handlers at the Tompkins County SPCA, and is an avid supporter of The Muzzle Up! Project. Karolin’s favorite activity is hiking with her three rescued Miniature Australian Shepherds, Lilly, Cooper, and Sammy.

Certified Lab Technician, Berufsfachschulen Dr. Heinemann, Germany

Certificate in Training and Counseling, Academy for Dog Trainers

Debbie and the Moose are our Call of the Wild Dog Camp Rangers! Whether preparing trails and equipment, troubleshooting, or wrapping up after events – their eyes, hands, feet and paws are everywhere, finding 1001 ways to take care of the natural environment and make each camp a logistical success. A skilled, sensitive animal handler, Debbie also assists in Puppy Socials, Play & Trains, Nose Fun, and other classes. The Moose says he’ll forever be a student, for learning is what keeps the mind young and the nose sharp - and that he’s only too happy to show anyone the ropes of being out in the country!

Mary comes to City Dog Country Dog making a career change after 20 years of teaching.  Many of the skills that made her a standout teacher serve her well in the new arena of office management.  She has been dubbed “Queen of Organization” by colleagues and friends, has a passion for designing and maintaining data bases, and loves managing the behind the scenes details that support the vision, mission, trainers, and clients of City Dog Country Dog.  For many years, Mary was partnered by an amazing hearing dog, Suzanne II (Suzi), from Canine Companions for Independence.  Mary often says that deafness may have clipped her wings but Suzi gave them back.  
BA in Music Education (University of Portland)
MA in Education (City University)
MS in Deaf Education (Western Oregon University)