Judy Rapp Moore:


Judy Rapp Moore is a Portland, Maine resident who has devoted her life to helping problem dogs. Judy’s passion in Human Directed Aggression led her to become President and Owner of Canine Behavior Counseling, LLC in 2008.

Judy was one of the first two elite global dog behavior professionals to earn the title Certified CARAT Assessor (CCA) and administer the Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool (CARAT).

She was the first Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, (CDBC) by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants in Southern, Maine. (IAABC)

Judy was a National Trainer for Pets for Vets, INC. and the Head Trainer for the Portland, Maine PfV Chapter from 2013 to 2021.

Judy has been a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) since 2015 and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)  through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2009.

Judy has served as a Canine Expert Witness in the U.S. Court System


Skilled Temperament Assessor for puppies and adult dogs.

Published an Online Positive Reinforcement Course on BITE Prevention, which is currently sold internationally.

 Offers individual private Behavior Modification Training Plans.

Judy is recommended by more than 75 veterinarians, and has volunteered countless hours to many rescue groups in the area. 

Moore_Judy144“I have learned over the years that I am able to relate well with both people and animals, and it has become my mission to share that skill in bettering the lives of both”. Judy

My animal-loving and training background began as a child growing up on a small Quarter Horse Farm in Cincinnati, Ohio. As the seventh child of eight my beloved parents, Martha and Fran Rapp demonstrated unconditional love for unwanted pets. I was surrounded and cared for by all sorts of animals. But, growing up on a horse farm meant the primary work was in caring for the horses. I not only cared for registered Quarter Horses, I trained them using Natural Horsemanship methods and competed at the highest levels in AQHA shows and competitions throughout the country for over 20 years. Of course, dogs were always at my side and I volunteered time supporting my mother’s efforts at the local Animal Shelter, where she was President. The “problem” dogs that were otherwise hard to find homes for found their way to our house. That’s how I recognized my gift for training dogs, developed my understanding of their behavior, and reapplied the approach of positive reinforcement I utilized effectively raising and training horses.

DSC08325Understanding and relating well to animals is only half the equation of a successful dog trainer. I also work well with people, and  previously  held careers as an Operational Manager for a Fixed Income Financial Service Organization, school teacher, State D licensed soccer coach, and mom to my three children — who are also growing up too fast, but fortunately have the same love of animals that I do!

If you want to understand why your dog is responding in a certain way, or  want to improve the relationship you have with your dog, contact me, as I welcome the opportunity to help. There is nothing that gives me greater joy!”