About Us

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 a safe and supportive training environment. All classes and programs are created to build trust between people and their pets.

Shannon's Book "The Evolution of Dog Training" is now available!

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Dog training is full of differing opinions, myths, and old wives tales. With so much conflicting information, how do you know what theory is the best for training your dog?


Purchase yours today online on Amazon or Barnes & Noble! 

Check out Shannon's online training website "Truly Force Free Animal Training" for training tips and webinars such as:

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"Understanding and Helping Your Reactive Dog"

"Canine Body Language"
"How Animals Learn"


Please visit trulyforcefree.com for webinars and more!

Meet the Owner of Ventura Pet Wellness & Dog Training Center

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Shannon Coyner Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician, Wellness Coach, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 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 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, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.  Shannon has also spoken at the Annual APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) conferences the past 2 years and covered topics such as "Compassion Fatigue" and "What Is Your Dog's Currency?" 


Shannon's dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement, however, her ultimate goal is for healthy happy relationship between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment and training all play significant roles 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. Shannon can provide assistance with training, weight management, exercise and other behavior modifications for your dog or other pets in the Ventura area. 

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