Shawn began working with dogs at the young age of 12. She later got the “training bug” while attending the longest-running group clicker training (positive reinforcement) school in the southeast U.S. Her degree in Psychology also dovetails with her passion of dog training.
Shawn has titled her dogs in Flyball, Obedience, Rally, Dock Diving, Disc, Trick Dog, and Canine Good Citizen. She has also competed in agility, K9 biathlon, lure coursing and straight-line racing with her whippets. In addition, she is currently showing her whippet in conformation and has a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners. Shawn and her very first therapy dog won the Willow Award, awarded as the highest honor for therapy dogs through the American Whippet Club in 2007.
As a dog groomer and animal portrait artist by profession, Shawn’s entire life has “gone to the dogs.” Although she enjoys training and competing, her most important goal is to have a dog that is a wonderful companion in daily life.