Shannon Coyner, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP

Shannon 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

Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog Seminar
When: Sat, April 25th 2020
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Pet First Aid & CPR Class
When: Sun, June 20th 2020
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Animal Adventure Camp
(For ages 8 to 12 years old)
When: July 13th to July 17th 2020

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Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog Seminar
When: Sun, August 29th 2020
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4th Annual Animal Career Fair
When: Sun, October 18th 2020
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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!


To join this group you must have complete the following with in the last 6 months:

  • Private training session with Shannon 
  • Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog Seminar
  • Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog Webinar
  • Reactive Dog Workshop
  • Reactive Dog Rehabilitation Program

The goal of this private group is to provide a fun, vibrant community of members who want to learn about Reactive Dog Rehabilitation and to provide the best force free training for their pets. This page is a place where you can discuss specific topics related to raising and training a happy, healthy pet. We wanted to create a safe, family-friendly place where you can interact, connect, and share your favorite pictures, videos, and experiences of your pet with other animal lovers. This page is a private (invite-only) group that is highly moderated by Truly Force Free Animal Training staff to keep this page safe and focused, but also entertaining and fun as well.


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

George Romanes