Shannon Coyner, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
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Shannon Riley-Coyner
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as an handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, Certified Professional Dog Trainera Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner,  a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

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Upcoming Events

Ask The Trainer Facebook LIVE

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• Thurs, June 10th at 10:30 am (PST) • Thurs, July 8th at 10:30 am (PST) • Thurs, August 12th at 10:30 am (PST) • Thurs, September 9th at 10:30 am (PST) • Thurs, October 14th at 10:30 am (PST) • Thurs, November 11th at 10:30 am (PST) • Thurs, December 9th at 10:30 am (PST)

Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog Webinar. Presented by Shannon Riley-Coyner through Pet Professional Guild

• Tues, June 15th @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)

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Do you have a question about clicker training, pet behavior, or what pet product is right for you? Maybe you want to know how you can better communicate with your pet. Submit your question here and Shannon will answer you on her blog. Make sure you include: The name of the pet, species of the pet, breed of the pet, how old the pet was when adopted and where the pet was adopted from. Please include a detailed description of what issue your pet is having.

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Do you have problems with pet behavior such as aggression, anxiety or fear? Maybe you want to know how you can better communicate with your pet. Shannon offers virtual private training sessions to help you with these issues and much more!

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Animals can’t speak our verbal language, but they give us tons of information using body language.  However, we humans have varying skill levels in understanding what our critter friends are saying.

This month’s quiz is on dogs.  Everything a dog thinks and feels is spelled out clearly in how it holds its body, tail, ears, eyes and even the corners of its mouth.

So, how fluent are you in critter-speak?

Take the quiz to find out!


Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to share the things you want to learn and how Shannon can help. Shannon works with reactive, fearful and anxious dogs every day. She has put together a survey to collect data that will help her better serve both the dogs and their owners. She’ll be using the information she gathers to design future classes and share additional information on her blogs and video blogs. Thank you, we appreciate your time!

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“The emotional life of the dog is highly developed
– more highly, indeed, than any other animal.”

George Romanes