Owner, Founder, & Trainer for
The Prestigious Paw LLC
Lisa started her involvement with dogs at a very young age as the neighborhood dog walker. This grew into a small pet-sitting business which she ran until she graduated college. She has been training dogs professionally since 1999.
She graduated from The University of Delaware and have a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree in Psychology. The focus of her studies was on animal science, animal behavior and learning theories.
She continues to attend seminars and conferences on positive reinforcement training to further increase her knowledge of operant conditioning, aggression redirection and how to desensitize reactive dogs. She believes training is a never ending learning process and strives to further her education with animals.
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and an Associate Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Both the APDT and the IAABC require maintainence of certification by attending a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education credits every 3 years. She is also an approved CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator for the American Kennel Club and now a Farm Dog Evaluator.
She believes in and uses positive reinforcement principles in all of her dog training classes. When she originally started training, this wasn't the case. She worked with traditional trainers who based their training on corrections and establishing themselves as leaders by being dominant over their dog. She witnessed all of the ill-effects this had on dogs and even though they would perform, they were by no means enjoying it and the behaviors were not consistent. One of the many problems with that methodology is that correcting a dog only tells them what we don't want as opposed to telling them what we do. While a dog that is trained using traditional methods may function, they work out of fear and to avoid the correction. One of Lisa's own dogs became aggressive back when she was training this way. Because of this, she wants her dogs to enjoy training and to offer behaviors; creating a thinking dog, and a true partner. Positive training strengthens the bond between dog and owner, but also creates a wonderful and understanding relationship.
She has owned various breeds over the years which include German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Sheltie, Italian Greyhounds, Miniature Pincher, Husky, and Jack Russel/Beagle mix.
She currently owns Australian Shepherds and shows and breeds them. You can go to her Aussie website www.aislinfields.com for more information about this wonderful breed.
In her limited spare time, she enjoys it with her family which consists of her husband, Mark, and their children Kenny, Cole and Katelyn. They take care of their small farm with goats and horses and alpacas.
Her motto in all her training is to "keep it light, keep it simple, clear and consistent, but most of all, keep it fun!"
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