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I’m Here To Offer You All Of My Many Years Of Experience In Order To Help You To Reach Your Goals Of Having The Dog Of Your Dreams

My goal is to help create an even better relationship between you and
your dog than you ever dreamed possible.

I’m Lianne Shinton and I am your Certified Master Dog Trainer. I’ve been teaching, coaching, writing and speaking all about dogs for
the past 25 years.
I work with dog owners that are frustrated and embarrassed by their dogs’ behavior.
Owners that would love to be able to enjoy their dog and take them everywhere….but need help.

I’m here to offer you all of my many years of experience in order to help you to reach your goals of having the dog of your dreams

I can help you with your dog through simple daily actions to create measurable results.

A born-n-raised Canadian girl with nothing more than a love for dogs and a dream. By a young age, I had memorized every breed and all of
their stats. In my teens, I rescued a Siberian Husky named ‘Phantom’ who was a runner. One day he ran right up to a Professional Dog
Trainer and she helped me catch him. Seeing her well-trained dogs was my aha! moment that lead me to become a dog trainer. By the age
of 19 I had graduated from a College Master Trainer Course in Columbus Ohio and started my own Toronto based dog training business.

I’m a lifelong learner and by 2001 I’d attended countless seminars and workshops as well as ANOTHER school to learn more about Animal
Behavior and the many tools available, to help communicate with dogs. There’s no cookie-cutter blueprint approach that fits for every dog
and every family. Each are unique. I feel it is important as a trainer to align myself with what feels right for each dog based on their genetics,
drive, motivations, trainability and temperament.

Being open minded and creative will ensure success and the dogs will love it.

For fun, I train and compete in dog sports. Dock Diving, Mondioring, Flyball, Hunt Tests, Obedience and Rally have taken me all over the US
and Canada. My crazy, amazing dogs have earned National and World Championship titles and continue to take me on an incredible ride.

I have lived in some of the greatest places in the world. I called Las Vegas Nevada home for 7 years. This is where I spent some time
working in Veterinary Emergency. This helped me overcome the fear I felt if a dog was injured or ill and educated me on how to effectively
help them.

While in Vegas, I also co-owed the largest US based dog training franchise in the world. During this time as an executive, I learned how to
master a franchise program for maximum impact.

In 2013, I transitioned from corporate back to coach and left the Vegas heat to move to Oceanside California. Together, with my amazing
partner, Bret Geller, we opened IQ K9 Training, our dog training company. From there, we purchased the retreat, our forever home in
Fallbrook, California. These days, I put my hard-won skills to use working directly with owners and their dogs. I love getting back to my
roots as a hands-on dog trainer.

I care deeply about you and your dog and am committed to not only get you the results,
but make learning irresistibly fun

Experience & Certifications:

  • Certified Master Dog Trainer (CMT)
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) with Do More With Your Dog
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen/S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator Certification
  • Experience in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Certified in Pet First Aid & CPR


  • Mondioring Category 3 Title
  • ‘Flirt’ and Lianne were again chosento represent the United States in the sport of Mondioring. Only 1 dog is chosen to competefrom the United States in Category 2. They competed at the 2019 World Championships in Nedza,Poland and earned 12th place.
  • 2019 Mondioring Category 2 Vice-Champion (United States)
  • Mondioring Category 2 Title
  • ‘Flirt’ and Lianne were chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Mondioring World Championships that took place in Moscow, Russia. Only 1 dog is chosen to compete from the United States. They earned 4th place.
  • 2018 Mondioring Category 1
    Champion (United States)
  • Mondioring Category 1 Title
  • 2016 Speed Retrieve DockDogs
    World Champion
  • Trick Dog Champion
  • ‘Flirt’, became the youngest
    Belgian Malinois to earn a Trick
    Dog Champion Title, at only six
    months of age!
  • World Record Holder in Purina
    Incredible Dog Challenge,
    ‘Fetch It’ at 23′
  • 2014 Western Regional Incredible
    Fetch It Champion – Purina I ncredible
    Dog Challenge
  • Three time Contributor Award winner for DockDogs
  • 2010 Extreme Vertical DockDogs World Champion
  • 2008 Senior Big Air DockDogs National Champion
  • AKC CDX (Companion Dog Excellent Title)
  • AKC RE (Rally Excellent Title)
  • AKC JH (Junior Hunt Test Title)
  • U-FLI TFE-I (Top Flight Executive Title I)

Video of Lianne Shinton, Certified Dog Trainer, ‘Rex’ and 'Bubba'.

Volunteer Experience & Causes:

  • Board Member of The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation
  • Go Team 21
  • Chase Away Canine Cancer
  • The Lili Claire Foundation

Dog Sport Club Member:

  • Marvel K9 Ringsport
  • United States Mondioring Association (Chairperson of the International Committee)
  • SoCal DockDogs
  • DockDogs

What Our Clients Are Saying...

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Address: 2371 Helen Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

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We are taking precautions for COVID-19
  1. Curbside service:
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  2. We have temporarily ceased tours of our home, where the dogs stay, in order to limit the amount of people in our home to our four IQ K9 team members only.
  3. Any and all Staff and Clients must wear a mask or face covering during appointments.
  4. We no longer accept personal belongings when pets come in. We will use one of our leashes that are washed every night to be ready for the next morning.  
  5. Surfaces are being sanitized every 2 hours.  
  6. Staff members' body temperatures are being monitored daily.
  7. Any and all Staff and Clients showing any signs of illness are asked to remain home. 
We here at IQ K9 Training want to thank all of our clients! 
Please stay safe and healthy!