Shannon Kiley has been training dogs since childhood but her true passion didn't emerge until after college. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1998 and began working in DNA research. After the Bonfire collapse in 1999 at Texas A&M, Shannon decided she'd like to pursue a dream of hers to train a search dog, a choice that ultimately led to a career change. In January 2000, she joined her first search and rescue (SAR) team in Houston, TX with her Doberman puppy Soleil. Since that time, she has certified six dogs in airscent (area search) and/or human remains detection, earning over 30 certifications, both locally and nationally under the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA), National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) and National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). Currently, Shannon is the President and K9 Training Director for the Recovery Dog Network and responds on search missions both locally and internationally. She has also enjoyed competing in AKC and Schutzhund Obedience trials, earning titles with her Dobermans. She currently shares her home with her Dobermans Never, Savor, Terrier mix Logic, Border Collie Whistle, and husband Rob.

Summer 2010, Shannon participated in the Extreme Mutt Makeover with shelter dog “Ray” (corgi mix) and helped find him a fantastic forever home in Colorado.  This inspired her to start the Operation Survivor Dog program to continue helping shelter dogs in need.
  In 2011, Shannon became the Extreme Mutt Makeover Champion with her shelter dog Jasper (pictured here).

Since 2002, Shannon has been training dogs professionally under her company Dobie Detectives Training Academy. She has personally trained hundreds of dogs and owners, who had a multitude of different behavioral issues. Skilled in reading animal behavior, Shannon incorporates psychology into her training techniques using a scientific approach and educates owners not only how to train their dogs, but also the theory behind the methods. She believes in truly educating owners in how to effectively work with their dogs to achieve their desired goals.

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In 2006, Shannon was awarded Collin County's "Volunteer of the Year" for her search work throughout the community.

  1. Bullet(8) North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) Human Remains Detection- Land & Water

  2. Bullet(5) International Police Working Dog Association (IPWDA) Human Remains Detection- Basic & Advanced Land

  3. Bullet(7) National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) Human Remains Detection- Land & Water

  4. Bullet(1) National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA)- Area Search

  5. Bullet(4) National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Human Remains Detection- Land & Level 4

  6. Bullet(2) National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)- Area Search STIII

  7. Bullet(3) AKC Companion Dog (CD) titles

  8. Bullet(1) Schutzhund BH obedience title

  9. Bullet(4) AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

  10. Bullet2011 Extreme Mutt Makeover Champion

  11. Bullet2012 Extreme Mutt Makeover Reserve Champion