Meet the Head trainer: Shawna Dowd KPA CTP, ACDBC, PCBC-A

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

Currently serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, she is also 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 and Star!

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:

Meet Your Certified Trainer: Brittni Heywood

Brittni Heywood is a certified Dog Trainer through the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She was born and raised in Idaho where she currently lives with her husband and three dogs. She continues to educate herself by attending conferences featuring renowned speakers on several topics including behavior work, dog fitness and play group dynamics. She loves working out how to help dog owners help their furry family members. Brittni also loves to give back to the community by working with local rescues to provide enrichment for dogs waiting for their forever homes!


Meet Your Apprentice trainer: Paul Kline

Paul joins the Alliance Dog Training team with a diverse background.  He attended Walla Walla College where he pursued a degree in Education and Mathematics.  Upon leaving college, he spent years in restaurant management followed by several more years in the construction industry.  Throughout this, one theme remained constant in his life – his love of dogs.   

After suffering a life-changing injury in 2007, Paul and his wife Debby moved to the Treasure Valley and Paul discovered his true passion in life – dog rescue.  Since then he has been involved with multiple rescue organizations including:

  • Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
  • Idaho Saint Bernard Rescue
  • Meridian Canine Rescue
  • West Valley Humane Society

Among the roles he’s served in animal rescue are:

  • Fostering
  • Transports
  • Fundraising
  • Community Education
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Kennel Attendant

Volunteering with these organizations, Paul quickly realized the most common reason dogs ended up in the rescue/shelter system was related to behavioral issues. Through assisting and apprenticing under Shawna Dowd and Alliance Dog Training, Paul has two major objectives:

  1.  Provide families with the training and support needed to work through behavioral issues and keep their pet in their home
  2. Provide rescues and shelters with the training and support needed to work through behavioral issues and shorten the time the dogs spend in the system while increasing the odds of successful placement in a forever home

Currently, there are 3 former rescue dogs that have found their forever home with Paul. Khaleesi, a 15 year old American Pit Bull Terrier, Rex, a 14 year old lab mix (both of which have been with him for 10 years), and Ghost, a nine year deaf old Great Dane.  All three of them brought some baggage with them that made them hard to adopt but have found a new life with Paul!

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 is an ongoing pledge to my clients to bring them the most recent, scientifically sound and humane methods of training and behavior modification. Each organization I belong to is representative of my philosophy and training ethics. Make sure when choosing a trainer that your trainer is not using outdated methods and that everything they say makes sense to you!

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