Shannon Neal, KPA-CPDT
Shannon is the trainer at Pawsitively Percfect K9 and Skyline Drive Kennels. She has trained and been taught by some of the best trainers and teachers in the country. Tom Dokken of Oakridge Kennels and President of NASHDA gave her a great start in the dog training world. “I owe a lot of what I have done to Tom. It was his confidence and trust in me that gave me the confidence in myself to follow a dream.” Tom gave her the opportunity to become a certified judge for NASHDA. She travelled to Minnesota to become certified to judge the NASHDA events. With the assistance of Tom, Shannon trained her lab Remi to hunt shed antlers. In 2015 Shannon and Remi won the NASHDA World Championship in the Junior division.
She and Remi have continued to work tougher to achieve titles in AKC such as Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog Beginner and Novice. They have achieved their NASHDA Senior hunt title and have 2 passes at the Master level. Their most recent achievement is Therapy Dog certification. From training with Remi and their success a fire sparked and she began blending her love for training with helping others.
Shannn was fortunate enough to study and learn from Debby Kay and her Super Sniffer program. She spent five days training at Debbys’ facility in West Virginia with a pup, from her kennels, named Miley. She was training her to alert to low blood sugar levels in T1 diabetics. Miley and Shannon completed the Canine Good Citizen at this workshop. Miley was the youngest dog in the facilities history to obtain this title at only 3 months of age. With the knowledge gained Shannon started training other pups from her litters to hunt shed antlers. As her passion and knowledge of working with dogs continued to build she wanted to share it with other dog lovers.
In 2018 she teamed up with Monica Rivera, of Dog Training with Monica, to start group dog training classes for pet owners. She assists and mentores under Monica. Later in 2018 Shannon became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Karen Pryor Academy(KPA). KPA uses all positive reinforcement training to train dogs and teach pet owners to train their dogs. Now in 2019 she has become a CGC and Trick Dog Evaluator through AKC. Pawsitively Perfect K9 is her dream becoming reality!