Meet your trainer: Shawna Dowd

Shawna has been using positive reinforcement for over 10 years. She has trained in AKC Rally Obedience, Agility and Scent Work. 

She is now a proud alumni of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy, pledging to bring her clients the most current, science-backed training techniques. To fulfill this pledge, Shawna is a lifetime student, earning continuing education credits through various workshops and conferences taught by leading presenters from all over the world.  She is excited to offer her services in Eagle, Idaho and the surrounding areas of Boise, Meridian, Star, Boise and Nampa!

Shawna is proudly owned by two dogs – Gracie, an Australian Shepard/Border Collie and Temperance, an Australian Cattle Dog mix - both of whom constantly afford her the opportunity to hone her training skills!


Shawna's Qualifications

Rescue Work:

  • Meridian Canine Rescue, Behavior Consultant/Trainer, Former member of Board of Directors
  • Behavior Consultant/Trainer, Boise Bully Breed Rescue
  • Behavior Consultant/Trainer, foster home, Australian Shepherd Rescue San Diego

Your trainer has trained her own dogs in rally obedience, scent work, and agility!

Worked with the following organizations:

  • Australian Shepherd Rescue
  • San Diego Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Wounded Warriors Paw’sitive Teams
  • San Diego Department of Animal Services
  • San Diego Humane Society

Our Training Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: give the dog what they need to succeed in real life situations - without pain or punishment. We teach foundation skills, then take them into situations where you would normally find your dog reacting (hiking trails, walking in the neighborhood, etc.)

Difficult dogs are one of life's great challenges. Dogs that show reactivity, aggression or other undesirable behaviors are NOT BAD DOGS. Most often they need better coping skills in their toolboxes and management while they learn.

We use positive reinforcement techniques. At Alliance Dog Training, we believe effective training can be fun - without using pain, fear or intimidation! 

Certifications and Memberships

Dog training and behavior consulting are largely unregulated industries. In an effort to help regulate and hold all dog trainers and behavior consultants to a high standard across the board, I select the organizations I join very carefully.  

Every certification I pursue means something. Before I join an organization or begin a certification/accreditation process, I do a lot of research to ensure that entity is representative of my philosophy and training ethics. Make sure when choosing a trainer that your philosophies are aligned with theirs, or that you are at least willing to try something beyond what you've tried previously!

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