COVD19 Message From Ventura Pet Wellness

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, all classes, seminars and events have been postponed until further notice. We miss all of our pet parents and their furry companions and can't wait to get back to doing what we love and to see you all again! In the meantime, check out Truly Force Free for online animal training courses, webinars, blogs and more!


 Virtual Private Training Session or Phone Consultation available ! Contact us to set up an appointment (our office hours vary during this time, please email/ call and we will get back to you as soon as we are able to) 

Meet the Owner/ Founder of Ventura Pet Wellness

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. 


Shannon's Book "The Evolution of Dog Training" is now available  on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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. 

Association of Professional Dog Trainers Member
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Pet Professional Guild Member
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Member
Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed