Breaking the Chain, Ending the Pain

Breaking The Chain
A Force Free Dog Training Conference

Be part of the movement to Break the Cycle of Pain by Embracing Force Free Training

Join us and your fellow dog trainers for a weekend workshop

Where: Napa, California

When: October 28th and 29th, 2023

What we will share during the weekend will give you the skills and insights needed to
effectively and confidently train dogs:

– Without choke chains
– Without pinch collars
– Without pain
– Without fear

Imagine how much more satisfying it will be to train dogs (and their owners!)
using the Principles of Positive Training

  • With comprehension of how they learn so you know how to effectively teach
  • With an understanding of the messages they’re giving with their body language 
  • Recognizing a dog’s currency and using it to build strong bonds
  • Identifying underlying issues to help de-escalate reactive dogs in a variety of situations
  • Prevent bites in stressful circumstances such as in veterinary clinics
  • Building confidence and independence to reduce and prevent behavior problems

Discover how to set yourself up for long-term success by

  • Recognizing when you’re experiencing compassion fatigue
  • Extending grace to yourself while you re-center
  • Learning how to maintain long-term clients and building trust 
  • With personalized plans to fit their needs/capabilities
  • Understanding how human physiology may be affecting your client’s compliance
  • Discovering way to teach clients to “crossover” to positive reinforcement

Who Is Your Workshop Trainer?
Meet Shannon Riley

Shannon RileyShannon Riley, founder and owner of both the Ventura Pet Wellness Center and Truly Force Free Animal Training, has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 30 years. Shannon’s dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement; however, her ultimate goal is for healthy happy relationships between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment and training all play a significant role in achieving this goal.

She has spent her life observing, caring for, and training animals of all kinds. She spoke at Pet Professional Guilds Geek Week Australia in 2021, has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a 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.

Shannon created Truly Force Free Animal Training in 2015 so that anyone, anywhere, could have access to force-free, positive reinforcement animal training. In 2018, Shannon published “The Evolution of Dog Training” available in audio, print, and eBook.

Shannon started The Backyard Pet Talk Podcast for pet lovers pandemic in 2021 when many adopted “pandemic puppies” but in-person training wasn’t available. Whether you are a professional in the animal field or a pet parent, this podcast is for you!

Do you have a question about training your dog? Here’s your chance to ask Shannon at no cost! Submit your question here and Shannon will answer this during our next Ask The Animal Trainer YouTube LIVE!

Shannon was interviewed by Bloom TV with Gayle Guyardo and Daytime TV with Maggie Rodriguez

Shannon spent many years as the head dog trainer for PAWS for Healing, a pet assisted therapy organization. She performed temperament testing and assisted in the training of therapy dogs who visited hospitals, veteran groups, special educational facilities and convalescent homes. She believes strongly in the benefits of developing the human animal bond and can assist in coaching for pets and their human companions to develop that connection.

Shannon is a past President for the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, sponsor of California Registered Veterinary Technician Association.

Daily Agenda

Saturday, October 28, 2023

8:00 am to 8:30 am – Registration

8:30 am to 9:30 am – Understanding Canine Body Language

9:45 am to 10:45 am – How Animals Learn

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Principles of Positive Training

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch Provided by Truly Force Free Animal Training

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – What’s Your Dogs Currency?

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm – Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Can Your Dog Benefit from Food Toys?

4:45 pm to 5:45 pm – Its More Than Just Training!

Sunday, October 29, 2023

8:00 am to 8:30 am – Registration

8:30 am to 9:30 am – Preventing Bites in The Veterinary Hospital

9:45 am to 10:45 am – Do You Have Compassion Fatigue?

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – How To C.A.R.E So You Can Retain Lifelong Clients