Qualifications & memberships
Lisa is one of the first seven behaviourists in the country to achieve the prestigious Level 6 (BSc standard) COAPE Diploma in Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Neurophysiology and Therapeutics in Companion Animal Behaviour, as indicated by the COAPE Platinum Behaviour Specialist logo.
She also holds the Level 4 and Level 5 COAPE Advanced Diplomas in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training.
These are independently Regulated qualifications with Ofqual, the official Government regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessment in England and accordingly are listed on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) so you can be assured of the highest quality of both education and rigorous assessment against strict criteria.
As a full behaviour member of the CAPBT and ICAN, Lisa is committed to putting welfare first in behaviour and training, adheres to a strict code of professional conduct, is fully insured and is required to undertake at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development every year to remain up to date with research, techniques and practical skills.
Background & Experience
Lisa’s passion for dog behaviour started in earnest in 2005 when she adopted her first two greyhounds from rescue and embarked on a steep learning curve to help them overcome a long list of behavioural difficulties! She became Regional Homing Officer for the Midlands and North region of Forever Hounds Trust, learning how to assess, rehabilitate and rehome sighthounds from all different backgrounds and support their new homes with behaviour and training advice.
This rapidly expanded to working with other breeds and charities, and with the achievement of ‘distinction’ in her first formal qualification, Lisa took the step to change her 20-30 hours-a-week ‘hobby’ into a full time vocation!
And the two most important members of the team......
Lisa has two ‘permanent’ canine family members, Daylah and Huey, with the remaining house space taken up by various foster dogs as part of their rehabilitation programmes whilst in rescue.
Daylah Doodlebug, or 'the Bug' as she is known to her friends, has been at the centre of developing training methods (and testing treats!) for several years, particularly in managing predatory chase behaviour and recall, which is one of Lisa’s specialist areas. Daylah is a very busy and active Greyhound who loves clicker work and does an excellent water retrieve! She also has some fantastic canine social skills and regularly helps in sessions with other dogs who need to build confidence and play behaviours.
Huey puppy (although we should really call him Huey teenager, but the name stuck!) is a Pointer x Galgo who has overcome huge health and behaviour challenges to become a (nearly!) fully fledged member of the team. He is also developing some super social skills, adores playtime, likes to sleep in his snuggle bag and has just decided he might be able to eat vegetables!