Portland, OR: 503-740-4886 Oregon Coast: 541-547-3793
Caroline Spark, PhD

Dr. Caroline Spark, owner of City Dog Country Dog, has over 35 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 worked extensively in the field of dog training and behavior. She particularly enjoys training dogs for family life, Canine Good Citizenship, and service work. Caroline brings understanding, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, creativity, and playfulness to her work. She is passionate about making nature experiences more accessible to dogs and people.

Beach Combing

Caroline, Thank you, so much! You are brilliant and certainly know your dogs. My German Shepherd, Gunner, has learned quickly and is now playing ball as you showed me. He plays ball, fetches, drops, sits, and fetches with two balls. I took him for a short walk last night and I was able to identify his body language. As soon as I saw him pause, gaze and ears up – see another dog in the distance, I was able to say, “Let’s go!” (hot dogs are wonderful!) and Gunner was very calm and quiet and redirected. Thank you, again!

~ Patty Kessen


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


PhD (Psychology), University of Wollongong, Australia
MAPW (Process Oriented Psychology) Portland OR
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