Aaron

Christin

Trainer

I have always loved dogs and as a young girl wanted to have a Labrador of every color, a golden retriever, and a beagle.

My plan was to somehow breed them so I could constantly be raising puppies once they grew up!  I can see looking back there was something in me that always longed for a deeper connection with animals but it wasn’t until my adulthood that I have had the opportunity to develop this desire.

In college, I double majored in Elementary Education and Intercultural Studies with an interdisciplinary in Psychology and certificate in TESOL. This was a great field for me as I love connecting with people of different cultures as well as teaching and working with children. During that time in my life I was able to travel to Hong Kong and Cambodia teaching English as well as teaching elementary school in both public, charter, and private school settings.

Even though most of my career path has been in the field of education, moving to Greenville from California opened up new opportunities for me to begin raising puppy service dogs (something I had wanted to do for years).

I didn’t expect this experience to open up a whole new world for me as far as understanding, connecting, and developing a wonderful friendship with these amazing intelligent dogs. Nor did I expect it to bring about a different career path. However, I quickly saw the dots connecting and found myself wanting to learn more. It was Adara who connected me with Desiree to begin an internship with Horizon dogs. I was fascinated with the science based connection and positive reinforcement techniques that I had previously used in my teaching experience but now could be applied to the arena of dog behavior. 

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo
megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo
megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo
megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo
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I am motivated by the philosophy that in working with dogs we are not just training obedience but instead nurturing an emotionally balanced dog through a mutually trusting and attuned relationship. It is amazing how behavior naturally transforms (much like in humans) when that is the precedent. Working with dogs has been such a gift to expand in my own compassion through learning to listen, slow down, to meet my dogs needs. The possibility to have a wonderful connection and friendship with your dog is what I look forward to being a part of on your journey. I believe amazing things can happen for both you and your dog!

Meet My Dogs

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Aspen:

Australian Cattle Dog Mix

Aspen loves her herding ball, playing tug intensely and sitting as the queen of the living room on the left cushion of the couch while relaxing throughout the day. She also loves a focused game of fetch and off leash walks in woodsy places. She loves cuddling,

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo

Sandy:

Husky Labrador Mix

Sandy is a senior dog who spends her days relaxing or laying in the sun. She is a peaceful companion for a casual stroll in the neighborhood taking each day at a leisurely place.

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo

Rudy:

Black English Labrador

Rudy was the first service dog we raised. He introduced me to the world of service dogs and showed me the wonderful connection you can feel with a dog! He went on to service a combat veteran through the non- profit K9’s for Warriors.

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo

Jet:

Standard Golden Doodle

Jet is a wonderful calm, playful and intelligent companion. He is partnered with a young man with a traumatic brain injury servicing him with mobility support and alerting.