Shannon Schaefer, founder of Doggie Tech, is a graduate of the Cobb Center and was certified as a Canine Behavioral Specialist in 1979.
The school curriculum was approved by the Office of Private Post-Secondary Education in the State of California. Sadly, this certification is no longer available. Shannon is also a co-founder of the Rx Pets Program in the Palomar Pomerado Health System.
You may wonder why Shannon Schaefer does not belong to any professional dog training organizations. To be a member of any organization, you must agree to the tenets of that group. Ms. Schaefer disagrees with the use of treats for training. She does not use clickers, cuffing, scruff-shaking, spike-collars, pushing, shoving or pinching the neck with your fingers. There are many techniques of dog training that may solve a current problem, but create the foundation for other problems later. Doggie Tech is a complete approach. No Doggie Tech training recommendation will ever result in future problems.
There is no better advocate for Doggie Tech than the former clients who return with their new pooch, ready to use the same techniques which provided years of predictability and enjoyment with their previous dog. Shannon Schaefer is a Certified Canine Behavioral Specialist. Some people call her a "doggie shrink." Although she does not claim the ability to "read your dog's mind", her knowledge of canine behavior is so vast and her experience is so extensive, that when you describe your pet's problem, she can not only tell you how to solve the problem, but why the problem exists.
Whenever Shannon Schaefer appears as a guest on a talk show, the telephone lines light up immediately. She is not only informative and articulate, but her sense of humor and quick wit keep listeners continuously entertained. She makes a popular and fun guest!
Ms. Schaefer's interest in canine behavior began when her Labrador Retriever was killed in 1977. Since the dog had won awards in obedience competitions, the failings of traditional dog training became painfully evident. Sadly, the pet's education did not cover behaviors that occur in the owner's absence.
As a result of the loss of her precious companion, she was interviewed and accepted at "The Cobb Center, Career School of Dog Trainers." This institute was the only school of canine education approved in the State of California by the Office of Private Post-Secondary Education. School methodology and curriculum included courses in training the dog, teaching the dog owner, and operating a business. As a graduate of The Cobb Center, Shannon Schaefer is recognized by the State of California as a Certified Canine Behavioral Specialist. The Cobb Center closed several years ago making Ms. Schaefer's unique education and expertise a rarity.
Since that time, it has become painfully evident that the trend of the dog training industry is toward a "permissive parenting" approach. Treats, shaker cans, spray bottles, clickers and other gimmicks seek to replace a more sensible methodology. Trainer sales pitches are designed to tickle the owners' ears. Animalholics and humaniacs discredit solid and sensible training for the family pet. It is for these reasons Shannon does not publish her additional education accomplishments and professional affiliations. Let the successes of her clients be the measure of effectiveness of Doggie Tech. Doggie Tech methods are effective, humane and fun for both dog and owner." Shannon Schaefer
In 1984 Ms. Schaefer completed her second book and an accompanying videotape series which has enjoyed widespread exposure. Doggie Tech is found in several countries around the world as a result of Ms. Schaefers' appearances on international television. In addition to national media such as "The 700 Club," she has appeared on local San Diego and Los Angeles talk shows. "Doggietalk - A Radio Talk Show" hosted by Shannon Schaefer aired in San Diego for 10 years.
Ms. Schaefer is a native Californian. She attended California State University at Los Angeles and traveled around the world playing music professionally for several years. Ms. Schaefer divides her time between North San Diego County and Baja California Norte. Most extra-canine activities are centered on service organizations, her church and fishing.
Shannon Schaefer is now offering her third book in hard copy or CD. The videotape series has been replaced by a double DVD presentation.