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The most important aspect of training is trust between humans and dogs. Our dogs need to be able to trust us to listen to them the best we can, and we need to trust that our dogs can succeed. With this connection in place, we can help our dogs reach their potential to come when called, pass other dogs quietly, or gain the confidence to meet new people.


In over 20 years as a dog training and behavior professional, I've developed expertise in coaching a range of pups, from over the top teens to  dogs with a history of aggression, and developed a special place in my heart for our most timid canine companions. Teaching seminars, group dog training classes & individual consultations has allowed me to enjoy teaching pet owners, animal shelter volunteers and professional dog trainers. 







Meet Your Behavior Consultant

Shane Stanis, CDBC, CPDT-KSA 

Shane and the Mighty Mutts logo hound dog, Watson, sit on the floor. Human and dog are smiling.

Living with two semi-feral dogs has given me a unique perspective on the needs of these special animals. When I first met Chloe and Bella, they would run around me at a distance, never coming close enough for me to touch them.
By setting s
mall goals, giving them space and exercising patience, I was finally able to gain their trust. Now we can enjoy cuddling on the couch, playing with their toys, and beginning to train together so they can gain even more confidence.


As the only IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant in Contra Costa County, I will use the latest research-based methods to create a customized plan that will help bring better quality of life to everyone in your home - human and animal alike. 

I look forward to meeting you and your dog!

Badge: International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants CERTIFIED
Badge: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge & Skills Assessed
Badge: Fear Free Certified Professional
Badge: Living and Learning with Animals Certificate of Excellence.
She learned to trust...

When I adopted my dog Sophie she was afraid of everything.  She would hide in a bedroom, wouldn't go in the kitchen, out the front door, or the car.  After she and I started training with Shane Stanis she learned to trust, developed new skills and became a different dog. -- Betsy I.

Red pit bull mix lying down and looking at camera; has a ball between his feet

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