Ventura Pet Wellness & Dog Training Center

Shannon Coyner Wellness Coach, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician



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Service dog vs. Therapy dog
What is the difference and which is right for you?

Join Shannon on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00-10:30 am to find out!

This class will describe the differences between service dogs and therapy dogs.  It will also cover the different expectations and behaviors that the dogs need to know.  Some training techniques will also be taught.

For more information and to register please visit


Shannon Coyner Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician and Wellness Coach, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner


Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 18 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 (registered as Riley-Coyner lic. # 5452), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Shannon's dog training philosophy revolves around positive reinforcement, however, her ultimate goal is for healthy happy relationship between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment and training all play a significant role in achieving this goal. 

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.  She currently volunteers with Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue and trains with Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue

Shannon can provide assistance with training, weight management, exercise and other behavior modifications for your dog or other pets in the Ventura area.  (see services and prices

 for details).  Currently, Shannon is teaching multiple classes through Ventura Parks and Recreation and Private Classes, including dog agility classes, dog obedience classes, puppy classes and pet first aid. 

Shannon Coyner
(805) 647-8157


What is APDT?
The Association of Pet
Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. You may visit for more information.

What is CPDT? Certified Professional Dog Trainers are certified by the association of pet dog trainers and must complete an advanced criteria before taking a certification test. You may visit for more information.

What is KPACTP? The Karen Pryor Academy is considered "graduate school" for dog trainers, and those that graduate become Certified Training Partners. You may visit  for more information.

What is IAABC?
The goals of the IAABC were to standardize and support the practice of companion animal behavior consulting, while providing resources for pet owners needing advice. The organization has since grown to nearly 400 members throughout the world. For more information visit

What is PPG?
It is the position of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) that dominance theory is an obsolete and aversive method of interacting with animals that has at its foundation incorrect and misinterpreted data which can result in damage to the animal-human relationship and cause behavioral problems in the animal.

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