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



Please see The Differences Between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog and Emotional Support Dog Poster here. 

Therapy Dog Information:

Becoming a therapy dog depends on the organization you are working through. Each therapy dog organization has its own requirements and tests that the dog must pass before being approved. There is a listing on the AKC website ( ) showing the therapy organizations that are approved through the AKC such as "Love on a Leash, Therapy Dog International or Pet Partners. Most dogs must be at least 1 year old, have completed a basic obedience class (Good Manners) and passed their CGC test before they can be evaluated by the therapy dog organization.

At Ventura Pet Wellness & Dog Training Center we require you to complete both Good Manners 1 and Good Manners 2 before moving forward with the instructors approval to our CGC (Canine Good Citizen) class. 

Good Manners Class Includes:
This class focuses on beginning obedience. Everything from sit and down to loose leash walking, leave-it, drop-it & more! We also incorporate a little agility fun into every class! The perfect opportunity to learn with your dog and have some fun!

Good Manners 3/ Canine Good Citizen Class (CGC):
This 6-week program is $160 (This includes the CGC Testing Fee)  
Dogs of all ages are welcome, must be on current vaccines.

CGC Prep and Class:  
In this 6-week program we will cover the 10 test items which comprise the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. To see skills required for the CGC Test please visit www.akc.orgThis 6-week program includes 5 weeks of training followed by the CGC Test which will be held on the final day of class. (There will be no practice time on the final day of class)

REQUIRED PREREQUISITES: Good Manners 1 & Good Manners 2

Service Dog Information: 

Please see the "Characteristics of a Good Service Dog" handout that will include all information in regards to becoming a Service Dog

You may also find additional information at and that will go over the minimum training standards, different types of service dogs as well as how long it will take to train your dog before taking the Public Access Test. 


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Because safety is extremely important to Shannon the following precautions are taken for every Ultimate Puppy Kindergarten class.

Puppy Socialization and Vaccinations Go Together
Pet parents are now aware of the necessity of providing dog/dog socialization opportunities for their puppies. Nevertheless, when and how to do it is still misunderstood largely because many veterinarians, as well as breeders and pet-store owners, advise new pet parents to avoid socializing their new puppy with other dogs until the age of four to six months in order to avoid exposure to illnesses that vaccines protect against.

A Letter on Puppy Socialization from Dr. R.K. Anderson, DVM, Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Diplomat of American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Common questions Dr. R.K. Anderson receive from puppy owners, dog trainers and veterinarians concern: 1) what is the most favorable age or period of time when puppies learn best? 2) what are the health implications of my advice that veterinarians and trainers should offer socialization programs for puppies starting at 8 to 9 weeks of age.

AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization
The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life.1, 2 During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. 

Separation Anxiety
Dogs with separation anxiety often do not have the coping skills or confidence to stay home without a companion (usually their people).  Many times people will get another dog thinking it will help, but that is not the solution.You must teach your dog to have confidence in being alone and must not exacerbate the problem with your behavior.

I am your puppy
I am your Puppy, and I will love you until the end of the Earth, but please know a few things about me...

What is Crate Training?

Crate training is the process of conditioning your dog to accept being in a crate, which will eventually become his own “den.” Crate training is used for a variety of reasons: it is an effective tool for housebreaking, and gives your dog a safe, secure place of his own. Having a dog who is comfortable being crated is also useful for confinement for short periods when necessary, for safe transportation via car or plane, and for keeping a dog calm and confined when recovering from surgery. 

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