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I have two dogs that are completely different and needed to each work on their own problem areas. Shannon was able to create two completely different plans for their training on the spot as well as areas for me to work on at home. We've only done one group training class so far, in addition to the private trainings, but that was a great benefit for one of the dogs to work on his manners and interacting with other dogs. Highly recommend Shannon!

Alissa Connell

I had found Best Paw Forward on Instagram and knew by their videos they would be a great fit but once we met with both Shannon and Haley it all clicked. They were able to help us get control of our overreactive 4 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I think one of the best parts of their method is that they really encourage you to be the trainer so that when they are not around you have the tools to know how to work with your dog. We are incredibly happy with our dogs behavior thanks to their coaching. Our neighbors have even all commented on his demeanor!! I will definitely recommend Best Paw Forward to all my fur friends in the future.

Kendall Corroon

I cannot say enough great things about Shannon and her program! My mini Goldendoodle puppy, Lincoln, did a 2 week board and train and it was such a game changer. Before the program, while he knew basic commands, he was a selective listener with no call back and was so terrible on a leash. I literally dreaded walking him some days, but also dreaded any moment he may slip away because while he knew his name, he would never recall. He was a good boy, very distracted, but good, who needed some real structure and proper training. Even after the first 7 days he was a completely different dog. I was amazed at his progress at my mid-session. Fast forward to today - what a change. Outside of just being generally less distracted and way more obedient, he is now primarily an off leash walker which is amazing. I never worry about him running off as he stays right with me. He's calmer when confronting other dogs/people and is so patient at meal times. While he still experiences "puppy brain" at times, he knows how to calm himself down and remember what he's supposed to be doing. I recommend Shannon literally to everyone who asks about Lincolns training (and even those who don't!).

Ana Wood

Shannon is a professional dog trainer. On our very first one on one session with Shannon, my 5 month old Lab and I learned things that I never learned from numerous training books and DVDs I have purchased over many years. I've trained four other Labs over the years, but none were as challenging as Eider is. Shannon opened the door to some training techniques that are positive and effective with this especially hyper dog. it came down to proper timing of commands and corrections among other other things. We will be going back for more one on one training sessions with Shannon to make further advances in Eider's training.


Ok, I am running out of ways to praise Shannon and Haley and really low on new adjectives. This will be our last week of Board and Train and I hope I can live up to ahoney’s expectations once she’s home. I’ve already told Shannon she should be CT’s Commissioner of Education. I’m thinking they would be excellent couples’ therapists. Though, I guess that is what they are already with us. The instagram posts are amazing. Aside from watching each dog working individually, it’s thoroughly remarkable to see a large space filled with chill, happy, well behaved dogs. (If I didn’t know why they were all there I would say it looks like they are at a poetry reading or at an informal fashion runway. When Honey gets home we’ll watch them together. I remember loving camp reunions when I was a kid; hope there are bootcamp reunions!

Erica U.

Shannon is definitely a dog whisperer!! She totally understood and connected with my dog and me and made the two private lessons worthwhile and so enjoyable to see the improvement in my dogs issues!! I would highly recommend Coastal Canine!


I can't say enough about Coastal K-9! We adopted a pup at 8 weeks from a rescue and thought it was going to be just like our past experiences with dogs. However that wasn't the case. As a puppy she was very fearful and tried to hide from people, she never had the goofy love everyone stage. As she grew this fear turned to aggression even towards us. We couldn't have people over and we became afraid to walk her in public. She started resource guarding, showing severe anxiety, attacking us and going ballistic when people walked near the house or our car. It was extremely frightening. We were told by our first trainer that she would need to be euthanized. Our second trainer said we could only manage the situation by keeping her away from people, basically locking her up all the time and not taking her out. Our third trainer, Shannon at Coastal K-9 gave us hope for the first time ever! After our first visit I actually exhaled for the first time in a long time. We have been seeing Shannon for a while now and what a change! I can walk Chloe in public, we have not been bitten, Chloe knows all her commands and will place on her cot when we have guests in our home. I can play with her on the beach off leash and know she will recall. I also have the tools and knowledge to confidently help Chloe navigate her day. Is Chloe 100% better, nope, but that is ok because we are still working together and learning and when things come up I have someone who has our back and listens and does everything to help. I can't thank Shannon and Coastal K-9 enough. I am on track to having a great experience with Chloe!

Roxanne S

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