About Shannon Applegate
Professional dog trainer Shannon Applegate studied dog training at Pat Miller’s respected Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Academy, where she earned the top overall score in two of her classes. She has attended 3 Academies (including Behavior Modification and Canine Aggression) and is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer. She is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers as well as the Pet Professional Guild. She also regularly attends workshops, seminars and conferences in order to stay abreast of the latest research on canine behavior. Shannon uses her years of dog training education and experience to help dogs and dog owners better understand each other and live more fully together.
Shannon has been working with dogs professionally for over eleven years as a dog trainer, dog walker, and dog sitter. She has been a volunteer dog trainer at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where she used behavior modification methods to help dogs resolve difficult issues and make them more adoptable. Shannon is passionate about working with shelter dogs because training significantly increases their chances of being taken in by loving families and having the happy lives they deserve. She currently volunteers as a trainer with PawsCo, assisting foster families with dogs so they can resolve behavior issues and become more adoptable.
Shannon has two dogs of her own who inspired her to become a professional trainer. She’s currently raising Simone, a Belgian Malinois puppy who is teaching her some of the finer points of puppy-raising.
In 2009 Shannon adopted Inca from Cancun through American Belgian Malinois Club Rescue when she was just 14 months old. Back then, Inca didn’t know how to walk up stairs, had never even seen a cat, was afraid of balls, and suffered from anxiety. Shannon has since had the pleasure of watching Inca grow into a relaxed, confident 8 year-old who competes in agility trials – with the invaluable assistance of persistent positive reinforcement training.