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Our Story


Shannon Noonan, CPDT-KA

Pictured here with my "spotted" friend, Elroy who ignited my passion for dog training, obedience, agility, and who is my right hand man in teaching other humans and dogs! 

A few of Elroy's achievements

  • Advanced Obedience skills and class demo dog

  • Rally Novice title (RN)

  • Expert Trick Dog title (ETD)

  • Therapy Dog (TD)

  • Canine Good Neighbour (CGN)



The CCPDT is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Certificants must engage in on-going continuing education to maintain the credential.


Shannon began working with dogs as a “foster mom” with Ottawa Dog Rescue, where she adopted her first dog, Blue, a Great-Dane/Pointer mix with whom she began her journey of more formalized dog training. It was Blue who deepened Shannon’s understanding of the animal-human bond. Together Blue and Shannon founded the first official Carleton Therapy Dog program, which became a beloved gem and remains on campus today.


Additional qualifications that guide our practice

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Here for You

Spot On Dog Training remains on the cutting edge of animal behaviour. Offering only the most effective, science-based training methodologies. Providing a range of both private training and behavioural consultations to meet your needs, Shannon is equipped to help you achieve your goals and help you improve your relationship with your dog. From impulse control and obedience to complex commands and tricks—no pet is untrainable.

Think you'd like to be a Dog Trainer? Check out QC Pet Studies where Shannon is a tutor.

Trainer Qualifications:




Family Dog Mediator (FDM)
Fear Free Professional (FFCP)

Pet First Aid certified


Aggression in Dogs Master Course Grad

Therapy Dog Evaluator

USASK Connecting Veteran Wellness Service Dog certification

Past Therapy Dog handler for St. John Ambulance and Ottawa Therapy Dogs

Past Vice-Chair Ottawa Therapy Dogs

Founder/Creator, Carleton University Therapy Dogs


Mental Health background:

B.Sc. Psychology

Certificate in Community Mental Health

Living Works:

  • SafeTALK Instructor

  • ASIST Certified

Mental Health Commission of Canada:

  • The Working Mind Facilitator

  • Mental Health First Aid

Certified Excellence Professional (CEP)
Motivational Interviewing (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Fierce Conversations

Violence and Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA)

Music Care Certificate

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