About Jan Shannon

Hello and thank you for your interest. My name is Jan Shannon and I am a professional dog trainer certified by Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP), and Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA). I specialize in puppy socialization/development, foundation skills, nose work and Rally-O. My goal is help you build your team (your dog and you) relationship with the best start possible, focusing on positive reinforcement and thorough client education.

How I Teach

I use compassionate, positive reinforcement methods from your dog’s point of view and have worked with many breeds but each dog is unique. Through nature and nurture they each come into their own learning style and personality. I get to know each dog I work with on an individual basis to learn what motivates your dog and how your dog communicates and interacts with you.

Clicker training is used in all of my classes and private sessions. Clicker training is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it. For example, when using a clicker to teach a dog to sit, we click as the dog is sitting, this tells the dog exactly when she has done the right thing, in this case, sit. Because the click never changes tone or inflection, and can be timed more precisely than our voices, it helps the dog to learn faster and with more enthusiasm as they begin to play the game, “how do I get my owner to click?”

My Training Philosophy

My overall philosophy around canine education is to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. I follow the Humane Hierarchy as introduced by Dr. Susan Friedman, in her paper, “What’s Wrong with This Picture? Effectiveness Is Not Enough.” Published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior in 2009. I also believe and follow LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) as defined by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Whether you decide to work with me or someone else be sure to ask these 3 questions (taken from John McGuigan, dog behavior consultant, quoted from “Truth In Advertising.” Published in Bark Issue 87, Fall 2016):

  1. What will happen to my dog if she gets it right? My answer: praise, play or treat, depending on your dog’s motivation.
  2. What will happen to my dog if she gets it wrong? My answer: I change the environment. A dog doesn’t learn by punishment. If I ask a dog to sit and the dog stands, I look at everything that is happening in the environment before the behavior and after the behavior that could be affecting the action the dog takes when asked to sit. It’s possible the dog doesn’t understand the word, so I would teach the word, the dog may have pain, so I would address that, etc.
  3. Are there less invasive alternatives to what you propose? My answer: I do my very best to assess your dog to be sure your dog never experiences any stress, fear or pain while learning.

My Commitment

I’m committed and focused to my own development as a trainer through continuing education, research and staying current with the latest canine studies.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION

International Association Of Animal Behavior Consultants
Certification in The Fear Free Animal Trainer
Emphasis in giving choice, force, stress and fear free training protocols for husbandry and veterinarian visits and procedures.
February 2019

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior
Certification in Dog Trainer Professional
Emphasis on training, teaching and knowledge in dog education
April 2018

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Passed independent certification exam
September 2016

Animal Behavior College, Santa Clarita, CA
Certification in Dog Training (ABCDT)
December 2015

CONTINUING EDUCATION

ClickerExpo, Portland, Oregon
Three days of lectures and labs with top trainers and behavior professionals
Certificate of Completion
January 2019

Ready…set for groomer and vet
2 hour webinar teaching training methods for fear free pet husbandry
Laura Monaco Torelli
Continuing Education Units
November 2018

“But my dog isn’t food-motivated.”
2 hour webinar discussing methods of food motivation and how to motivate eating
Kathy Sdao, Associate CAAB
Continuing Education Units
November 2018

Do you really know dogs? Recent research results in dog science
2 hour webinar discussing recent canine studies
Daniela Zurr, DVM
Continuing Education Units
October 2018

ClickerExpo, Irvine, California
Three days of lectures and labs with top trainers and behavior professionals
Certificate of Completion
January 2018

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior
Shelter Training and Enrichment
Certificate of Completion
March 2017

ClickerExpo, Portland, Oregon
Three days of lectures and labs with top trainers and behavior professionals
Certificate of Completion
January 2017

Puppy Culture
Five hour course in early neurological stimulation, aggression prevention, potty training and leash walking
Jane Killion
Continuing Education Units
January 2017

Living & Learning With Animals: The Fundamental Principles and
Procedures of Teaching and Learning

Eight-week course in applied behavior analysis for animal professionals
Dr. Susan Friedman, Utah State University
Certificate of Completion
October 2016

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior
Puppy Start Right for Instructors
Certificate of Completion
September 2016

Dr Ian Dunbar Academy
Reliability and Games Workshop
Certificate of Completion
July 2016

Duke University on Coursera
Certification in Dog Emotion and Cognition
November 2015

MEMBERSHIPS

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Premium Member

Association Of Professional Dog Trainers
Professional Premium Member