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Shuster K9 Academy Austin TX
Shuster K9 Academy
Shuster K9 Academy Austin TX


Hi Cynthia,
I meant to share with you that Michael says your ideas about the crate, collar/leash are brilliant.
He never says “brilliant”!
Let’s keep in touch,
"I've had the pleasure of working with Cynthia and wanted to take a moment to write a review. To be successful at anything one must be passionate and this is how I would best describe Cynthia’s approach to training. She is not only passionate but she never settles for anything less than excellence, in all she achieves. A constant student, as well as teacher, Cynthia has dedicated herself to achieving greatness for herself, her clients, and each dog she lovingly instructs. Cynthia is a remarkable person, a very capable professional, and a passionate lover of the sport."
Brooke Williams

Cynthia’s approach to training is exceptional.

We talked in depth about my goals for training, then met for Cynthia to evaluate Foxy, and yes, me!

Foxy, 22lb., energetic and sassy Pomsky, was re-homed at 1½ yrs. In her previous home, she'd little exposure to people and dogs.

Cynthia created a plan that worked beautifully. She taught me how to take Foxy to public places in a way that promoted my dog’s confidence.

Next, Cynthia taught me how to invite Foxy to meet new people. Foxy’s a fluff ball. Everyone wanted to pet her. Cynthia’s method allow Foxy feel safe and rewarded at the same time.

Throughout, Cynthia’s guidance was, have fun! And that’s exactly what happened. Foxy and I were having such a great time going to new parks, trails, talking with so many interesting people.

Now, Foxy does a Pomsky dance every time I tell her we’re going in the car. Cynthia is a game changer. She opened my perception of what is possible then showed me how to make it happen.

For our last 2 sessions, Cynthia invited us to play at her agility course. So surprised to see Foxy running through the tunnel and over the ramp, when just a few short months ago, fear would have kept Foxy sitting under the picnic table.

Thank you Cynthia! Forever grateful for your expertise and spending time with you.



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Shuster K9 Academy at The Little Freedom Ranch

The Shuster K9 Academy is the product of its founder and owner, Cynthia Shuster. Cynthia was raised in Texas and her connection to “The Little Freedom Ranch” reaches back for almost 5 decades.

In the early 1970’s, her father purchased a small tract of land in Lee county and named it “The Little Freedom Ranch”. It represented a place for cattle, horses, wild life and multiple species of birds to live in perfect harmony. As the ranch grew to over 1000 acres, the basic belief that all creatures deserved a place to live and grow in a peaceful manner; lives on today, at its current namesake in Spicewood Texas.

Shuster K9 Academy is a combination of Private Lessons, Specialized Boarding and Training, Dog Procurement and Placement, Select Breeding, and customized dog equipment.

Cynthia’s love for animals goes back to her childhood where she first learned to tend to her own horses and her passion for the German Shepherd Breed. She has had the privilege of raising over 50 plus dogs, cats and birds.

In 2011, her love for animals was the motivation to form this unique Academy to assist all interested people in better training and caring for their animals. Her goals include; assisting you in finding the perfect pet, giving you and that pet the proper personalized training and following up to ensure you are completely satisfied with the results.

This website is designed to provide all of the information and answers you might have concerning today's modern approach to “The Perfect Companion”.

Shuster K9 Academy Austin TX
Shuster K9 Academy Austin TX
Shuster K9 Academy Austin TX


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Dog Training Programs…
  • Personalized Private Lessons
  • Board and Training Options
  • Basic Foundation
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Pet Supplies / Equipment
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Dog Procurement...
Shuster K9 Academy has been active in joining clients with their perfect pets for the past several years.  With over 4000 contacts from around the world, all of your wishes can come true.  Even though German Shepherds are our specialty, your choice of a partner for life are unlimited.
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"Cynthia is a wonderful trainer and very patient.  My big girl, Annabell is sweet, but extremely stubborn and my young boy, Baxter was shy and fearful.  After only a few weeks both dogs were sitting and staying on command and walking on a leash without pulling.  That’s an accomplishment considering their combined weight is over 200 pounds.  

Cynthia did a great job! "

Lynn Miller

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