About Us

Shannon Coyner, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

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Shannon Coyner is the founder/ owner of Ventura Pet Wellness & Dog Training Center. She is a strong advocate 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.

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Melissa Jones

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Melissa is Shannon's Administrative Assistant. She helps with coordinating classes, seminars and events as well as Shannon's fast-paced schedule! Melissa is a life long dog lover as well!  

Brigitte Englahner, ANWI

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

Brigitte has owned and worked her German Shepherd dogs for 30+ years. While rehabilitating the rescued German Shepard Dog (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 German Shepard Dog (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.


Having so much success with her rescued dogs’ rehabilitation, Brigitte has decided to pass on the benefits of 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

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Wendy Dowler, KPA CTP

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 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 a 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.   

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