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Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) serving the Western New York Area for over seven years.

Compassionate Canine strives to provide handlers and their dogs with strong communication and even stronger, more confident relationships.

I believe that dog training should be fun for both the owner as well as their dog and because of this, my training is reward, play and structure based.



Adriana and Ringo

"We've been working with Shelby since the beginning. We took basic and intermediate obedience classes and we were part of the adventure class as well. Additionally, we work with her on individual sessions to focus on impulse control for when he's in public. Shelby's expertise and unwavering patience has been instrumental in Ringo's and our development. He wouldn't be the dog he is without her"

Kalayne and Pablo

"When we first got Pablo, we had an extremely difficult time finding the right tools to use when walking in public. Every time we would go to the park or pet store, Pablo would pull, stand on two legs, and bark at dogs. Shelby worked with us weekly for months until we got Pablo to successfully walk by dogs with no reaction. We have even been able to add a second dog to our family. We could never thank Shelby enough for everything she has done for us and our dogs."

Kelly and Knox

"Knox is a two year old Doberman/Rottweiler mix who came 'dog, horse and cat friendly.' Being a dobie mix and the loving boy he is, his friendliness and excitement towards other dogs presented as major reactivity on a leash. We started with private sessions with Shelby and she came to the home and helped us build the foundation of good leash manners that helped build confidence to be around other dogs. We have continued our private sessions as well as started attending group basic and intermediate classes and Shelby has continued to not only train Knox but also help train me on the cues to set Knox up for success and build up both of our confidence"

Compassionate Canine was founded because of my brindle boy Luther. Luther was a rescue pitbull with a whole bunch of quirks that put everything I had learned in my studies to the test in the "real world." My relationship I built with Luther showed me the true meaning of resilience and unconditional love, and became the whole reason I do what I do and the foundation for Compassionate Canine and our slogan of "dog training with care." Unfortunately Luther passed away in 2018, but his memory lives on through Compassionate Canine and my mission to strengthen the connection and understanding between owners and their dogs.

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