Lisa was fortunate to train with one of the early clicker trainers in 2001, and soon found herself hooked on clicker training despite having young children to raise. After years of part-time work as a doggy daycare provider and then assistant trainer, in December 2009 Lisa began teaching puppy socialization classes on her own—a natural fit given her background in dog-to-dog interactions and her understanding of the importance of proper early socialization for both kids and dogs. She has since added classes in basic obedience and advises families with children about specific applications of training for safety and relationship building.
In March of 2011, Lisa graduated with distinction from the Karen Prior Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Program and is a Certified Training Partner (CTP). She became eligible for and passed the independent national certification in March 2013 and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She is a longstanding member of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She continues to take advantage of opportunities to further her knowledge of canine cognition, nutrition, health, and welfare, as well as how to achieve safe and fulfilling interactions between dogs and children.
Lisa was accepted by Family Paws Parent Education as a Licensed Presenter of their international programs, Dogs & Storks© and Dogs & Toddlers™ in October 2012 to help families with children 3 and under. She added BE A TREE Presenter by Doggone Safe in April 2013 to gain useful tools for educating older children directly about dog safety. As Lisa expands her business she is excited to make this area of training her main focus. It is a perfect fit for her, and utilizes all of her experience from volunteer work she has done over the years both with children and with dogs.
While Lisa is privileged to work with many highly skilled and knowledgeable trainers, perhaps her greatest teachers have been her two human children and her beloved canine companions. Maya, a wild child stray as a puppy, worked with Lisa to pass the KPA Dog trainer Program with distinction just 10 months after joining the family. She is a terrific testament of the positive power of clicker training to impact behaviors and improve the lives of dogs and their families.