Chris Shaughness spent 25 years in the information systems industry as a manager and consultant before deciding to follow the guidance of the animals. She studied pet massage, dog training, and pet behavior and received certifications in all disciplines. She quit her corporate job and dedicated her life to working with the animals and to being a voice for them.
She is the author of Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK! Happy Stories and Helpful Advice, the only book written by a pet professional that provides helpful advice for rehabilitating puppy mill surviviors. She has published articles in several magazines, including “April Showers Bring…Thunderstorms?” in Our Havanese magazine and Golden Retriever News. You will find quite a lot of helpful information that Chris has written in the Articles section of this web site and on her blog, Capers for Canines.
Chris’s second book has just been released. Leadership in Animal Welfare Organizations: Using Positive Dog Training Philosophies to be Better Leaders discusses what happens to organizations when managers use outdated management styles which alienate employees, volunteers, donors, and supporters. The book identifies what it means to be a good leader, the role of the board of directors, and reviews how the theories of positive reinforcement dog training can be used as a parallel to understanding the need for updating management skills to be better leaders.
Her latest book, The Trumpeter in the Woods, was a finalist in the 2012 Hay House Nonfiction Writing Contest. Many people say they wish they could quit their jobs and work with animals. The Trumpeter in the Woods is the story of Chris’s spiritual partnership with dogs and, after years of being asleep in her life, how she realized her capability of connecting with them, of understanding them as unique individuals, and her mission to communicate to the world what she has learned from them and about them. The story shows how Chris learned to listen to her heart’s desire through the lessons learned along the way thanks to the animals, how we can all learn from the animals, and information about dog behavior that all dog lovers can use. Stay tuned for a publication date!
Chris is a foster mom for homeless dogs. Here are a few of the dogs who found forever homes after living with her: