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Shawna believes true leadership can be exhibited without force. Positive reinforcement training achieves the goal of leadership using scientifically based methods. This type of training builds a strong foundation of trust, teamwork, and clear communication. Once the foundation is solid, the possibilities for training your companion are limited only by your imagination.
Born in San Diego, California, Shawna Dowd was first introduced to positive reinforcement training trying to resolve reactivity issues with one of her own rescue dogs. With the arrival of her first dog, Dakota, she was exposed to the resilience of the animal spirit. From there, Shawna was moved to learn more about animals and about what precipitates their behavior.
Shawna has worked diligently with her own dogs, training in agility, rally obedience, and scent work. Among her experiences are:
Shawna has two “owners”—Gracie, an Australian shepherd/border collie mix, and Temperance, an Australian cattle dog/beagle mix.
In-home consultations and training for puppies and adult dogs
Behavior modification for shy/reactive dogs
Group puppy classes and manner classes
Limited-enrollment classes for reactive dogs