Shawn Kay

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Mind Body Dog is dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and their people through education and instruction. Using scientifically proven, positive reinforcement techniques we teach owners how to effectivley train their dogs using clear communication and guidance.

Modern science shows that traditional forceful training methods that use physical punishment and harsh corrections are psychologically damaging to dogs, often cause a host of negative side effects and unwanted behaviors and damage the owner-pet relationship. Do you want your dog to fear you, or love and respect you? At Mind Body Dog we do not use shock collars, prong collars, choke chains, or harsh physical corrections. Our goal is to help you create a positive, balanced relationship with your dog based on cooperation, respect, and trust. Our dog friendly methods make training fun, and create effective, reliable results.

Mind Body Dog offers customized personal training sessions and behavioral modification programs.  Every training plan is customized to your specific goals and includes written handouts and email support. We coach you every step of the way. The result is a well-mannered dog and a happy household.

Mind Body Dog is located in Portland, Oregon. Travel fees may apply. 


Shawn Kay’s love of animals began as a child in Los Angeles, CA, where she grew up with a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, a rabbit, a parrot, and a rat. After working in the entertainment industry for 15 years, Shawn made the decision to follow her childhood dream of working with animals.

Shawn’s animal career began not with dogs, but with elephants as a caregiver at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Working with these magnificent creatures gave her a renewed sense of purpose and solidified her life’s mission to rescue, champion, and protect all animals.

Although elephant protection and conservation is still a passion, Shawn now enjoys working with dogs professionally. Since her time at the Sanctuary, she has worked as a veterinary technician, professional dog-walker, pet-sitter, canine massage therapist, and trainer. Her interest in dog behavior became a passion after she experienced the joys and challenges of living with four rescued dogs of her own, each with unique behavior issues.

For the past 10 years, Shawn has devoted herself to studying dog behavior and positive training by reading books and attending seminars by the best trainers and behaviorists in the field—Dr. Patricia McConnell, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Karen Pryor, Trish King, Jean Donaldson and more. Interested only in positive training methods, Shawn interned with like-minded trainers and soon began teaching classes and private lessons. She attends conferences and seminars regularly and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).

In 2011, Shawn graduated from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA) and became a Certified Training Partner (CTP). She is an AKC CGC evaluator.  She remains passionate about animal welfare, supporting numerous non-profit groups and volunteering at local shelters.  Shawn lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, her three dogs and three cats. 


Credentials and Memberships

KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner)

AKC CGC Evaluator

APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)

Services Offered: 

Private in-home consultations and training sessions. Day training. Group classes coming soon!

Puppies: Pre-puppy consults including customized home management plans. Puppy foundation skills, Puppy Manners, House Training, Crate Training, Management solutions, chewing, mouthing, child/puppy interactions

Adult Dogs: Pre-adoption consult including helping to choose the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle. Basic Manners, Behavior Modification, Management Solutions, Reacitve/Shy/Fearful dogs, child/dog interactions

Services Offered Summary: 
Services include private training sessions, behavior consultations, day training and in residence training. Basic Manners, puppy socialization, fear/reactivity, adoption counseling and more. All clients receive a customized training plan, written handouts and email/phone support.
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+1 (503) 679-8501
3900 SE Aldercrest Dr.
97222 Portland , OR


Member for
6 years 7 months