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Shannon Riley-Coyner ‘The Evolution of Dog Training’ Tops Amazon Best Seller Charts in 16 Categories

The Evolution of Dog Training: From Choke Chains to Clickers, Uncovering the Secrets of Having a Well-Behaved Dog by Shannon Riley-Coyner topped the Amazon charts with 16 achievements including seven No. 1 Best Seller designations in Dog Care and Health, Dog Training, Medicine and Psychology, Animal Husbandry, Dog and Wolves, and Animal and Comparative Psychology. The Evolution of Dog Training was also a No. 1 hot new release in six categories in the USA including Dogs Care and Health, Dog Training, Medicine and Psychology, Animal Husbandry, and Animal and Comparative Psychology.

The book also ranked in the top 100 for Veterinary Medicine in the United Kingdom and No. 16 for Small Animal Medicine in Canada.

Shannon Riley-Coyner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Registered Veterinary Technician, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She regularly speaks to an international audience and provides free training for dog owners as well as CEU credits for trainers.

Shannon Coyner-Riley was featured on Daytime with host Maggie Rodriguez discussing how to be truly force-free while training your best friend dog. Go to to get 50 percent off Shannon’s Truly Force Free Good Manners Course.

Shannon Riley-Coyner, Creator of Truly Force Free Animal Training and Best-Selling Author of “The Evolution of Dog Training” talks with Bloom host Gayle Guyardo about dog training that can truly force-free. For more info about Shannon’s brand-new course, “Truly Force Free Good Manners” visit to receive a BLOOM SPECIAL OFFER of 50 percent off Shannon’s Truly Force Free Good Manners Course.

Listen to Back Yard Pet Talk Podcast to learn more about positive reinforcement, animal training, and behavior, all from a compassionate and scientific approach.

Shannon Riley-Coyner has several free training programs on her website Each month she hosts an Ask The Animal Trainer Facebook Live.

An internationally sought-after speaker, Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and an animal trainer for more than 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for, and training animals of all kinds. She spoke at Pet Professional Guilds Geek Week Australia in 2021, has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner,  a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Shannon created Truly Force Free Animal Training in 2015 so that anyone, anywhere could have access to force-free, positive reinforcement animal training. In 2018, Shannon published “The Evolution of Dog Training” available in audio, print, and Ebook.

Shannon’s dog training philosophy revolves around force-free, positive reinforcement, however, her ultimate goal is for healthy, happy relationships between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment, and training all play a significant role in achieving this goal.

Shannon spent many years as the head dog trainer for PAWS for Healing, a pet-assisted therapy organization. She performed temperament testing and assisted in the training of therapy dogs who visited hospitals, veteran groups, special educational facilities, and convalescent homes. She believes strongly in the benefits of developing the human-animal bond and can assist in coaching pets and their human companions to develop that connection.

Shannon is a past President of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

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