Ventura Pet Wellness & Dog Training Center

located at 3521 Arundell Circle #B Ventura CA 93003

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


Ventura Pet Wellness & Dog Training Center is a force free training facility. 

Using positive reinforcement training methods has been proven, through scientific studies, to be the most effective and have the best long-term results. It has been Shannon Coyner's vision to create safe and supportive training environment. All classes and programs are created to build trust between people and their pets.



Shannon Coyner, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Shannon is currently serving as President Elect for the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.  She is a strong proponent of force free dog training.  She is a Knowledge Assessed Certified Professional Dog Trainer, California Registered Veterinary Technician and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.

Shannon's book "The Evolution of Dog Training" is now available! You may purchase her book online on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!  


Melissa Jones

Melissa is Shannon's Administrative Assistant. She helps with coordinating classes, Seminars and Events as well as Shannon's crazy schedule! Melissa is a life long dog lover as well! 

Wendy Dowler, KPA CTP

Wendy is a full time high school English teacher during the week, while also teaching classes at Ventura Pet Wellness & Dog Training Center on the weekends. She is Karen Pryor Academy Certified Trainer who has a special spot in her heart for working with fearful dogs. Wendy loves training and competing in agility with her dog Finn. In his first year of agility competition, Finn earned 10 titles through USDAA and AKC, and he was recognized as the "Starters Performance Snooker Dog of the Year" for Titlemania West 2017. 


Brigitte Englahner, ANWI

Please contact Brigitte Englahner to sign up for a Nose Work class!



Phone Number: 

(805) 341-5820

Brigitte has owned and worked her German Shepherd dogs for 30+ years. While rehabilitating the rescued GSD Nero in 2012, she found the K9 NoseWork sport to be very beneficial for bonding with a newly adopted dog as well as in building his confidence and focus.

Brigitte is now training her 2nd and 3rd GSD in K9 Nose Work and is also a competitor in this sport. Her dog Rocky has earned his Nose Work 1 title last year and is currently training for the next higher level.

Brigitte is taking regular classes and workshops to further to continue her education with one of the founding members of this sport.

Since having so much success with her rescued dogs’ rehabilitation, Brigitte has decided to pass on the benefits of the K9 Nose Work and become an instructor through the training program of the founding organization of this sport: NACSW. She is currently an ANWI – Associate Nose Work Instructor.


Lauralea Oliver, CNWI 

Please contact Lauralea to sign up for one of her workshops or classes! 



Lauralea is a Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Nose Work Instructor® (CNWI) and Trial Judge for the National Association of Canine Scent Work. In addition, Lauralea is the Lead Ecological Detection Dog Trainer and Handler at H.T. Harvey & Associates. Lauralea is deeply involved with the National Association of Canine Nose Work (NACSW). She has been a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) since 2005.  Recently with NACSW, she joined the Certifying Official Training Program. Two of her personal dogs have earned NW3 and Element Specialty Titles, Mayhem and Fern.

Lauralea has over twenty years of experience working with dogs in many environments and disciplines including shelters, working dogs, pet dogs and sporting dogs.  

Lauralea is the owner and operator of K9inSCENTive, LLC which serves the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys as well as the greater Los Angeles area. The predecessor company of K9inSCENTive is It's A Dog's Life, LLC, which provided private and group behavior consultations, in-home pet care, pet dog training and sporting detection dog training since 2004. With K9inSCENTive, Lauralea is focused on providing dog behavior evaluations, dog adoption and training consultations and dog behavior training services for companion, sporting and working dogs.

In the professional canine detection field, Lauralea works as the Lead Ecological Detection Dog Trainer and Handler for H.T. Harvey & Associates. Since 2014, Lauralea has lead the training of new working dogs on scent detection and maintains training on current working dogs to retain accuracy and efficiency at H.T. Harvey & Associates. Lauralea is also responsible for training all new and current detection dog handlers. As a professional handler, Lauralea works four of her personally owned Detection Dogs on multiple species; Avian and Bat Fatality Dog George, Herpatological Dog Vector, Botanical Dog Bolt and Bedbug Dog Mayhem. 

Lauralea has extensive experience in the animal shelter world having started down that path back in 1987 when she started out as a volunteer at a Florida shelter. Since then, she as worked with numerous private rescues and city shelters including work as the Behavior, Training & Enrichment Lead at Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles. While at Best Friends, she managed the Behavior Department as the Lead Dog Trainer for the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills and the NKLA Adoption Center in West Los Angeles. Her responsibilities included evaluating dogs and cats for transfer from the LA City shelters and guiding the adoptions of these pets from the Best Friends facility. She created and implemented all staff and volunteer animal handling protocols and training programs. In addition, she taught all on-site dog training classes in basic obedience, canine manners and K9 Nose Work® with shelter staff and volunteers. Lauralea was also called upon to provide training support to adopters and their families.Previous animal shelter work includes positions as a Dog Trainer, Dog Behavior Evaluator and Dog Adoption Counselor at shelters such as the Pasadena Humane Society. Additionally, Lauralea has accrued many hours as a volunteer with local companion animal rescue groups and animal shelters. She earned her "training chops" in the trenches at these facilities and believes very much in adoption whether it be for companions or for sporting and working purposes.

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