"Where Dogs Learn Manners"

Shelley's students are not training the common breeds either. K-nine Coaching classes are filled with every breed you can imagine. She has had students earn titles with everything from Border Terriers and Schnauzers to Irish Water Spaniels and even mix breeds! Shelley's daughter Amanda, has been very successful with a Dalmatian! Amanda has now added her own Boxer puppy, Faith, to her show string.  


Shelley believes every dog and handler team is different and that training should be customized in a positive manner to fit each team. At K-nine Coaching we have a unique environment. With our double gated fenced training area and Lafayette Village just outside our door we have the ability to train in all settings. She believes real life exposure during class time is very important to a balanced training program.


In addition to regular training classes Shelley is the leader of Take the Lead 4H Club. The club members are introduced to many areas of Responsible Dog Ownership. Under Shelley's guidance members have certified their dogs for Therapy work, earned CGC's and even shown in 4H trials. Amanda and her Poodle Dreamer, were 4H State Champions in  Agility and Obedience in 2008 along with many other placements. Shelley is also certified in canine CPR so your dog is in good hands while attening classes at K-nine Coaching.​

Shelley began her training career in horses.

She spent many years working with Appaloosa horses preparing them for Halter classes and Western Pleasure. During that time her mixed breed dog, Royal, was always at her side. Royal traveled from horse shows to motorcycle races never needing a leash. After a back injury it was a natural progression for Shelley to change gears from horses to dogs. Shelley took her first dog training class in 1985 and has been training dogs in one way or another ever since. 


Shelley has earned titles in Conformation, Obedience and Rally in AKC, UKC, ASCA, APDT, and WCR. Many of the titles Shelley has earned were earned with breeds not typically thought of as performance breeds. She has earned titles on multiple Boxers, Chinese Cresteds, a Catahoula/Boxer cross. Of course she is also very competitive with her Border Collie. 



This is "Blue". His owner is Kim Kavin and she wrote "Little Boy Blue". Shelley helped Kim train Blue when he first came to live with her and also helped prepare him for his public appearances when the book was released. Shelley met Kim with her previous dog when she attended a group class Shelley taught at Top Dog
Buella and I started training with Shelley almost 1 yr ago and Buella has gone from a totally ADD dog trying to figure out how to get that "ball and chain" (namely me) attached to her collar to let go to a wonderful companion who won her first First Place in Rally Obedience on Sunday! A totally different dog and relationship. Love Shelley and would recommend her to anyone!!

Roxanne Chandler

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Linda Jehl

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My husband and I have had four bloodhounds that all started with Shelly in puppy kindergarten and progressed through their CGC's. As active search dogs in the public eye their behavior is high profile. Shelley has consistently modified training to bring out the best in our dogs as bloodhounds and hounds in general can be self centered and quickly lose interest in the mundane. We recently have stepped obedience up a notch to include rally. Shelley is supportive, innovative and understands the challenges of our breed. I recommend Shelley highly without reservations.

Shelley’s dog training history:

 

Accepted as an approved trainer for the American Treibball Association Nov 2014


Established K-nine Coaching at Lafayette Village in October 2011. 


Training under Terri Arnold from 2010 through 2012.


Taught group and private lessons at Top Dog Obedience School in Flanders NJ from Feb 2002 to Oct 2011


Accepted as an approved AKC CGC Evaluator March 2003


Trained at Top Dog with Betsy Scapicchio and Linda Brennan from 2000 to 2011.

 
Training with Terri Arnold from 1999 to 2000. 


Training at St. Huberts with Ann Paul from 1997 to 2000. 


Training with Lou Erickson Basic Obedience 1986

Shelley’s continued education:

 

Handlers Choice with Denise Fenzi April 25 2016


First Aid CPR Certification June 5, 2015


Sarah Jacobs World Cyno Rally Seminar - Dec 15 2013


Rally Rules with Betsy Baird - March 4, 2012

 
Ceasar Milan - Seminar - October 22, 2010 


Obedience is the Game with Terri Arnold - July 11, 12, 2010 


Puppy Power with Petra Ford - June 26, 2010 


Beginning Workshop with Betsey Scappichio and Linda Brennan - April, 2010 


Sylvia Bishop Englands Premier Obedience Trainer - November 6, 7, 8, 2009 


Limber up the Limbic System Dr Michele Bannoura - Learn how dogs learn - August 15, 2009 


Do’s and Don’ts of Matches and Obedience trials with Betsy Scapicchio and Linda Brennan - December 7, 2008 


Sylvia Bishop, England’s Premiere Obedience Trainer - November 7, 8, 9, 2008


Obedience Workshop With Betsy Scapicchio and Linda Brennan - June 6, 7, 8, 2008 


Ceasar Milan - Dog Behavior - September 30, 2006 


Advanced Obedience Workshop With Betsy Scapicchio and Linda Brennan - April 27, 28, 30, 2006








About Shelley Clawson