Accredited 1998 - Canine
Shannon holds a MSc zoology degree and cum laude BSc Honours zoology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a senior accredited animal behaviour consultant (canine: 1998) with the ABC of SA©™ and holds a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Pretoria. Shannon has also completed various courses in psychology, anatomy, physiology and biopsychology. She has featured on Animal Planet, BBC and numerous radio shows and has written extensively for the dog press, both locally and abroad. She lectures on dog behaviour and training to both canine professionals and enthusiasts and has been a regular guest speaker at the SA Veterinary Congresses..
At present Shannon operates the McKaynine Training Centre in Gauteng consisting of three branches. She initiated and manages the nation-wide Super Pup trainer certification programme in conjunction with Royal Canin, which certifies and maintains on-going education amongst its network of trainers.
Shannon trained the first dog in South Africa to be used as a wildlife scat detection dog. Additional scat dogs have since been trained in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. She has authored a research project on vagrant in-utero testosterone and the effect on behaviour, co-authored a Master's thesis on scat detection dogs and conducted a research study on early experience in puppies and the effect on social attraction towards humans when adult. Most recently Shannon co-authored a cryptic olfaction paper (using dogs to test scent crypsis in reptiles).
Shannon has served on various dog related committees over the years. She has bred and campaigned harlequin Great Danes, earning the top harlequin kennel in South Africa from 2005 – 2009. Shannon has made up 12 breed champions and has attained canine good citizen status with numerous others. She also competed occasionally in the working disciplines, mainly agility and dog jumping, gaining qualifications in these disciplines.