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Shawn Kay - Owner/Trainer

Shawn Kay’s love of animals began in Los Angeles, CA where she grew up with a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, a rabbit, a parrot and a rat.

Shawn’s animal career began not with dogs but with Elephants as a caregiver at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Working with these magnificent creatures gave her a renewed sense of purpose and solidified her life’s mission to champion and protect all animals. It was also where Shawn first learned about positive training.

As Shawn began her study of animal training and behavior she also worked as a Veterinary Technician. Her interest in dog behavior grew as she experienced the joys and challenges of living with 4 rescued dogs of her own, each with their own unique behavior issues.

Shawn is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Always wanting to learn more, she regularly attends workshops and conferences by the best trainers and behaviorists in the field. Shawn lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, three dogs and three cats.


KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy – Certified Training Partner)
APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Mind Body Dog
Shawn Kay, CTP