Lisbeth Plant ACDBC UW-AAB KPACTP CBATI is the founder and owner of Cowichan Canine. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but she is British by naturalization and Canadian by marriage! She got her first dog, Dino the dachshund, when she was 13 and they trained and competed together in obedience and tracking. After Dino, Lisbeth embarked on education, family and a career in the international insurance industry, and she was the CEO of an insurance/reinsurance company in the City of London, England, until she was forced to retire in 1998 following a severe horse-riding accident. She moved from London, England, to Cobble Hill, where she lives with her husband Bill and their Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Lisbeth is an Associate Certified Member in the Dog Division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, holds a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washingon, a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She specializes in the behaviour modification of fearful and aggressive dogs, but works with dogs with many different behaviour issues on a daily basis.
Lisbeth is a strong advocate for increased professionalism and continuing education for professional dog trainers, and is a founding member and current President of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association (VIATA). She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, the Behavior Education Network and the Pet Professional Guild.
Lisbeth is a licensed Be A Tree-presenter with Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support. The Be a Tree programme is a seminar program for elementary school children that teaches dog body language and how to act safely around dogs. Through the sponsorships of Cowichan Canine, Lisbeth offers the Be a Tree dog bite prevention program free of charge to schools, scout groups and similar community groups.
Lisbeth is a Canine Good Neighbour evaluator for the Canadian Kennel Club.
From time to time, Lisbeth serves as an expert witness in the Provincial Court of BC in relation to dangerous dog cases.