“When my dog Bucky came to me he had been abused when he was very young. He needed to get past that and become a service dog to me and provide hospital and trauma therapy as my partner in serving others. He seemed nervous and tended to pull and show fear regularly. Once he calmed he was a precious dog so we knew that he had the potential.
Shannon knew immediately what needed to happen, trained me and then Bucky so we could be a successful team. A little over a year later, Bucky is amazing. His gentle manner draws people to him so he can be a great therapy dog. He is able to do his job calmly without the fear that was so obvious when I got him. People always describe him as "look how calm he is ... he is so mellow!" which would have never been said before she started our training.
I highly recommend Shannon for her gentle honesty, direct and clear instruction, her ability to evaluate both the animal and the handler and get the best out of both.
“After we adopted our dog, an Akita Inu mix, from a local shelter and found that she had a lot of fear responses, running from us when we approached her, we were referred to Shannon by two others who had used her services for dog training. Shannon's methods helped our dog get the confidence she needed to be an excellent family member. Now, she is much more personable and is a great watchdog, doing her perceived job to protect us.
We credit Shannon for working hard with us and trying different methods to achieve desired results. In addition to having a great companion, she is terrific out on walks and neighbors marvel at her good behavior in their's and their dog's presence. While their dogs are barking, growling, and acting up, she is sitting quietly while waiting for them to pass.
We recommend Shannon for any dog training needs you have. Note that Shannon is with you for the life of your dog so, if trouble comes up in the future, you can call her again without paying more. That's a great service.”
“Shannon was recommended to me by someone who had frequently witnessed the degree of difficulty I was experiencing with my 10 month old pitbull mix Maya. I had owned a number of dogs but never one so intractable and unresponsive to me and my by the book every mans training methods. Within the first hour of meeting Shannon I knew she was different in only the most positive ways. Over thirty years in the profession of canine behavior distilled into an unusually comprehensive approach using an exact process which if adhered to does not fail to work, and sometimes like magic.
Maya had been mistreated and very much neglected during her first life, the negative experiences manifested as frenetic behaviors sometimes even appearing with a face of aggression. Not good. Lucky for me and Maya, Shannon teaches incredibly effective methods for turning a canine/human relationship from what it might have been to what it should be.
I couldn't be more grateful to her for among other things her patience, perseverance and encouragement. Not to mention she's one great storyteller.”
Molly G. contacted Shannon out of sheer desperation. Her dog, Waylan, was a 100 pound, out-of-control one-year-old Doberman, and Molly was at the end of her rope.
"At our very first session", Molly said, "Shannon hadn't been working with him but two or three minutes when Waylan was snapping to attention and responding immediately. It was almost breathtaking to watch this incredible transition taking place. This training has made a huge difference in our lives. It has taken away so much frustration!"
I have had the pleasure of working with Shannon since 2007 and let me just say…. “Shannon is truly the BEST when it comes to getting to the root of the issue”. Shannon was recommended to me shortly after I rescued a 2-year-old German Shepherd “Candi” . She was clearly abused and lacked self-confidence.. she cowered, would run away, and was longing for a job. At our first meeting I witnessed Shannon make great strides in less than 1 hour. My husband (who is a complete skeptic) and I left after that first lesson as believers. In a short period of time, Candi rose to the best dog she could be. I was so very happy..
I credit Shannon for Candi’s success. Over the years (on our 4th dog) we have enjoyed going back to Doggie Tech training with Shannon. She teaches with love, compassionate caring and pure patience for both the dog and human. And she is available 24/7 for the life of your dog….
Shannon will make you a believer…. Thank you so much Shannon.
Linda and Harry S.
When I got my first basenji, I was told they are very difficult to train. So that made me even more determined to get her trained. When we adopted her at nearly 6 months old she was chewing on everything, screaming and biting the crate and she would sit on the couch opposite of us and stair at us. Not exactly the type of dog I have ever had and the thought of ever having her come to me from out in the yard looked dismal. That's when I found Shannon with Doggie Tech and knew within the first half hour this was what we needed. We got started that very first day with results.
My pup soon learned we were going to be in charge and she could trust us. She has since become the sweetest lapdog. When I ask Shannon about something not working she always has a solution. The chewing stopped with simple implementations of what to do. Getting her to come to me was no easy task with a stubborn female basenji. But that too she mastered. Now I’m training my third basenji with Shannon. She taught me to communicate in a specific way with each technique so the dog understands. It’s so easy to say too many repeated commands and confuse dogs and give up on them.
But no matter how difficult the training session is, they howl in sadness every time we have to leave from Doggie Tech. They were all different, and Shannon with her vast experience always came up with a specialized plan for each one. Even my very young handicapped dog got some training. It's not the usual methods, but it worked! He would wander off in his wheelchair cart and not look back. Now he comes when called. And even my spoiled dual grand champion got training and it never affected him in the show ring.
It also made lure coursing much easier. Sighthounds are very stubborn as their prey drive is fierce. I don’t know how I would of done it without Shannon training us and the dogs. I am forever grateful for her and have 3 loving, happy basenjis.
My three dogs and I have flourished under the guidance and supervision of Doggie Tech training. Before meeting Shannon, I was constantly rotating dogs between rooms to keep them separated. It was either that or rehome two of the three dogs. And how could I choose or consider such a choice? I love them all. Since our Doggie Tech education, we have become a tranquil pack.
After the loss of our beloved male dog, the two females became combative, always fighting for the "top dog" postion. Thinking (incorrectly) that another male dog would solve the problem, I got a puppy. This only lead to more issues, worry and room shuffling. It was time to call Shannon. She had been recommended to me be a close friend.
Shannon has the education, knowledge and experience to handle any behavior problem from the mundane to the extreme. Her 40+ years of experience have given her insight into the dog's motivation and needs. She has five dogs of her own (big, little, special needs, rescue, pure bred, etc.) with excellent manners. She loves dogs and treats them with respect. She is well-informed on canine health with vast resources to identify and address medical concerns.
Though I no longer require the weekly sessions, Shannon checks in regularly to keep abreast of my canine family. I give Doggie Tech my highest recommendation and my gratitude for restoring my sanity!
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