Kind words from our two-legged and four-legged friends

“Thanks to Shannon I’m able to work on getting my fun loving Aussie back that is not reactive towards other dogs! I was able to learn about her anxiety so I can help her more and not be scared of changing her sweet personality. It’s still a work in progress but she’s already come so far and now I feel equipped to help her.

Before the training class she wasn’t even friendly with dogs she used to love. And now this is her enjoying a fun play day with her friends!

Natalia Smith

Our dog groot is a

Our dog groot is a dachshund which most of the world knows means barking. When we started to see Shannon🐾 to help socialize him and improve his skills on decreasing his barking she highly recommended the Thunder Jacket. We started using it on Groot for social events, fireworks, and any new visitors that would come to our home. He has improved tremendously and is now able to spread his word to even some of his siblings that were firework panicking or social anxiety driven. Thank you so much Shannon🐾.

Regina Alderman

My consistent love for Eva, Shannon’s wisdom and guidance, and my willingness to follow through on Shannon’s guidance created the magic that has transformed Eva’s life.

“I adopted Eva, my beautiful, smart chiweenie just as the pandemic started. I adored her from the  start. Nine months after bringing her home, Eva had a series of panic attacks that were truly alarming—screaming, shaking, slobbering. I called Shannon and we began to help Eva become less frightened of people, of baths, and of going to the vet. My consistent love for Eva, Shannon’s wisdom and guidance, and my willingness to follow through on Shannon’s guidance created the magic that has transformed Eva’s life. Eva is so much more confident and I am more confident in caring for her. I am so grateful for this help from Shannon.”

Kathryn Ridall

Thank you for helping me get back on track with Ranger!

“I just wanted to thank you for helping me get back on track with Ranger! Using the clicker on walks has made a huge difference for us. Also after our conversation about dinner time (which had been such an awful time of day for weeks)…. I started feeding him a stuffed kong and Kong wobbler with kibble, in his crate, in  a separate room, before we start our own dinner, and he has done great and will even settle down after eating. I’ve also been adding different kinds of treats to the food dispensing toys along with kibble and that has made a huge difference. Focused training with clicker seems to be helping him too. Thanks!”

– Private Training Client Testimonial

Shannon definitely made us feel encouraged and supported!

Shannon definitely made us feel encouraged and supported. And also, we did not notice the time until we were done today and leaving Shannon’s house, so BIG THANKS to Shannon for talking to us for so long!! We didn’t realize it went so far over the time. Very much appreciate her willingness to answer all our questions and talking through everything so thoroughly.

Leash Reactive/ Separation Anxiety

My 14-year-old Boxer success story

My 14-year-old Boxer, Chata Girl, has done amazing with bad behavorial issues while implementing training tools that Shannon taught us. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!! Chata us so much easier to handle and walks are a lot more pleasant for us both. Thank you and God bless you, Shannon, for helping us get there!’

Sandy H.

Reactive Dog Workshop

“I adopted a mixed breed who is mostly Australian Cattle Dog a year and a half ago. When I first got her I had a difficult time just getting a harness or collar on her. My vet recommended I contact Shannon for help. I did and she gave me many tips that helped me get her calm enough to perform simple tasks. When I went to the workshop she laid out so many different things to do to help with the behaviors my special little friend was exhibiting. Ziva I am sure was abused as she was so hand shy. I made a pledge to her when I adopted her she had a forever home. She is in agility training with Shannon now and she absolutely loves it. She and I have a long way to go still, but with the tips on training that I have gotten from Shannon that I work on every day my little gal pal is learning slowly but surely that she does not need to react so quickly and aggressively. I love the force free approach as it is making both of us much calmer. My Ziva is starting to realize that she is my forever gal pal, that has found a permanent home. Thanks Shannon for helping to fill my life with purpose and joy in training this amazing working dog who just needs a job.”

Kay B.

Our dog is now a fully integrated member of our family

“I recently adopted an 8 year old Cocker Spaniel rescue and needed some sound guidance on how to modify the many behavioral issues that my dog developed while he was a stray. Shannon’s seminar on dog aggression explains dog behavior in terms that are easy to understand and her suggestions to modify behavior are all based on rewards rather than punishment. I was almost ready to return my dog to the rescue organization because we were having so many problems with negative interactions with other dogs and cats. After implementing her suggestions, our dog is now a fully integrated member of our family and gets along well with other dogs and cats. I would recommend Shannon’s seminars or one on one training to anyone who needs help training your dog. Shannon’s wealth of experience and extensive training in the field of animal behavior separates her from other “self taught” dog trainers.”
Gary Meneghin
Retired Wildlife Biologist, Oxnard, CA

Great Workshop

“Very well presented. I learned a great deal! I am anxious to get to work with my anxious fearful dog.”

Workshop Attendee

I loved your class!

“Your love of what you do shows. It was fun and kept our attention. I will definitely be back for more. I love to learn and hear feedback from others.”

Workshop Attendee

Shannon helped our dogs overcome their fears

“Shannon helped our family with our two dogs who had some pretty serious issues with fear. She spent a lot of time with us, listening and supporting us through the work we were doing. She is loving, kind and generous. Our family loves her, both dogs and people, and we are so grateful to have her in our lives.”

Wendy D.

Our Border Collie is transformed

“Shannon has transformed our timid Border Collie puppy of 6 months into a confident and energetic agility dog of 4 years. She understands our dog’s delicate psyche and shows patience and love as if Bryn were her own. Shannon seeks only the best for each dog and owner, and we highly recommend her to others.”

John and Glenys W.

Shannon makes training fun

“I came to Shannon Riley-Coyner with Lena, my high energy, nervous and insecure three year old Lab/ Weimaraner mix. She accessed my dog’s temperament for agility and our training began.

Shannon has a passion for working with dogs and their owners. Her motivational force-free training methods and positive reinforcements have transformed my dog. As we advanced through classes my dog gained confidence and her energy is continually harnessed into something positive. Shannon makes training fun for my dog and for me. The skills Shannon demonstrates set us up for success.

Shannon Riley-Coyner is an impressive, effective and committed trainer. She encourages and motivates by making the work fun and rewarding and has helped me better enjoy and appreciate my dog.”

Jenny K.

Gibson is now responding to commands

“I was fortunate to start working with Shannon when I adopted Gibson, my then 3 year old street dog. He is Australian Sheppard. He is a very sweet dog, and, of course, very attached to me, but he was a handful when he came to live with us. He had been on the street and had been mistreated to some extent and had fears of things we could never know about.

Shannon’s kind and firm way with him was so effective and she was able to teach me the ways to bring out his best behavior. Her humane and gentle approach to training was evident from the beginning. Gibson was so responsive and happy to do whatever she asked of him. I didn’t take long from him to be a good companion on the leash and respond to commands while off the leash.

We attended one of the agility classes that Shannon taught. It too was a good and positive experience for both of us. Shannon’s control of a class with 10+ dogs and owners all doing agility for the 1st time was amazing. She knew the dogs’ names and was able to personalize the training for each of them on a weekly basis by watching their movements and behaviors. Her years of experience, personal success with her own dogs in agility competition, and love of what she does were evident at all times.

Shannon has also made home visits and met me at the park to work on specific issues that Gibson was having. She writes extensive visit summaries with detailed plans for things to work on and ways to achieve the goals that were set.

Shannon is a wonderful and kind and enthusiastic dog (and owner) trainer. She gets the highest kudos from me and I recommend her whenever possible.”

Lorraine P.

Noah is now a giant bundle of joy

“Thanks to the miraculous work of our expert trainer, Shannon Riley-Coyner, my boxer mix, Noah, and I have figured one another out and have become loyal best friends. Just as I was on the verge in the early days of giving up on my out-of-control and spun-up beasty boy, Shannon taught me how to turn all 70 pounds of him into a giant bundle of joy – all with her fun, upbeat, positive reinforcement approach, tender loving care, technical brilliance and endless encouragement. I would recommend Shannon to anyone!”

Lori S.

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