Was born into a "dog family" and throughout her childhood her family bred Irish Setters, Labrador Retrievers, Akitas, Poodles and several other breeds. The family also ran a very large facility that provided grooming, training, (conformation as well as obedience) and a boarding kennel. As well, the family ran several other grooming salons.
All of Shaunna's childhood memories include having her dogs around her so it seemed only natural that she started working in the kennel and grooming at a very young age. Junior handling was a big part of Shaunna's life, competing from pee-wee right up to the open class, and was one of the top junior handlers in Alberta.
Shaunna then apprenticed with several of the best professional handlers in Canada and the USA, her talents growing along with her experience.
Shaunna bought her first Toy Poodle at age 7, and bred her first litter by age 10. As the owner of Innovations Kennels she has bred over 100 world wide champions, including the top winning, record-breaking Can/Am International Champion, "Innovations the Piano Man", and Can/Am International Champion, "Innovations Lone Star". Shaunna knew early on that her life would be in the "dog world" and has now been a professional handler for the past 18 years. She has handled many of Canada's top dogs and has won over 300 "Best In Shows", and finishes approximately 50 champions per year.
Shaunna has had great success at grooming competitions as well being one of Canada's most decorated groomers. Her awards are too many to list, but some of the highlights are: International Groomer of the Year – Intergroom 2000, Best In Show Poodles – Eurogroom 1999; member of the Gold Medal winning Groom Team Canada; Best Canadian Groomer; 2 Crystal Awards, Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award Recipient and Wahl Artistic Innovations Winner.
Shaunna has judged grooming competitions and presented seminars in Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Uruguay and Italy. She's been a Wahl Representative for 10 years and in the future she would like to become an All Breed Judge. She is very proud of her many students over the years and of their successes.
The versatility of the Canadian Shaunna Bernardin is demonstrated by its performance at dog shows with more than 385 times Best in show with many different breed