Meet the Trainer: Shawna Dowd KPA CTP, CDBC, PCBC-A Fear-Free Certified

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

She is a proud alumni of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy, and member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, 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 three dogs – Gracie, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie; Temperance, an Australian Cattle Dog mix; and Sir Nubbins, an Australian Shepherd - all 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:

Our Training Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: give the dog what they need to succeed in real life situations - without pain or punishment.

Difficult dogs are one of life's great challenges. Aggressive dogs are NOT BAD DOGS.

You and your dog need gentle, non-judgmental instruction. The world is a scary place for both of you right now. We can help! 

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 from an organization that demands mandatory ongoing education. This stipulation allows me to bring you the most updated, 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 Make sure when choosing a trainer that your trainer is not using outdated methods that may harm or cause an escalation of behavior in your dog!

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