Lisa’s educational background is diverse. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry and Asian studies. After graduating, she spent five years living in Japan, studying the language, teaching, and traveling throughout Asia. Her master’s degree is in biology, with an emphasis in ecology. Lisa began working at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science toward the end of her master’s work, gaining knowledge and experience in evolutionary science, which propelled her toward a PhD in paleontology.
Amid her studies, Lisa attended a clicker training workshop for llamas. There she was given Karen Pryor’s inspirational book, Don’t Shoot the Dog, which changed everything. Lisa left the prehistoric world and immersed herself in the world of dog training and behavior. Since then, she has attended and still attends many seminars and workshops to continue improving her skills and knowledge.
Lisa is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and a Certified Nose Work Instructor. She has been training dogs most of her life, but became a serious student of behavior and training in 2001. Lisa began her career in dog training as an instructor at the Longmont Humane Society. Later, she served as the Director of Dog Training, running the training program and teaching the classes. She now operates her own business, Citizen Canine, LLC.
Lisa lives on a small farm in Boulder County with her two dogs, Zoey (Portuguese water dog) and Rollie (border collie/Aussie), nine chickens, and two llamas.