Dog Training and Scent Work


Mission Statement

I want to focus on the bond between you and your dog. To build confidence, trust, and have fun training together on your journey into the world of scent work.


Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)

National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)

Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA)

Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) Evaluator

Training Philosophy

Shanna uses positive reinforcement training techniques based on the latest canine behavioral science.

about us

Shanna is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work LLC. and holds professional membership with both the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and the CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers).  

From a childhood family dog to her own first dog “Tasha” (who Shanna got in 1988), Shanna has always had German Shepherds.  “Sam” was the third Shepherd to join Shanna’s life, and Shanna will proudly tell you that adopting her was the best $49 she ever spent.   “Sam” and Shanna started their training journey together in 2001 with a “Loose Leash” walking class at the Calgary Humane Society and Shanna was hooked from that moment on!!  She later started volunteering at the Calgary Humane Society as an Assistant Dog Trainer and then went on to go through their internship program. 

Shanna also holds her Pet First Aid Certificate and is committed to a lifetime of learning.  She strongly believes that those who teach should never cease to learn, and Shanna keeps current on positive training methods by regularly attending conferences and seminars. 

Today, Shanna shares her home with “Koda,” her fourth German Shepherd.  “Koda” has proven to be a challenging dog who is testing Shanna every step of the way!  Shanna believes that “Koda” has entered her world to teach her even more about training and Shanna is up for the task.  “Koda” is proof of Shanna’s theory that we should never stop learning.