Lisa is the Go To instructor for all of the best Competition Nose Work teams in Central Illinois.
She has been instructing pet and competition teams since 2007, and teaching K9 Nose Work classes since 2014. Lisa has instructed multiple teams through the highest levels in AKC, NACSW, UKC, CWAGS, and CPE. Lisa is a Certified Nose Work Instructor, as well as a Competition Judge for AKC, UKC, CWAGS, CPE, and NACSW ORTs. In 2022 she judged the AKC Scent Work Regional Championships.
Lisa, along with her Malinois, Copper, laid the foundation for local teams to excel in the nose work community. As the first team in Central Illinois to complete the coveted Elite-Championship designation, she blazed a trail that many of her students have followed. As a team, Lisa and Copper also completed multiple Agility, Rally, Obedience, and Trick Dog Championships providing Lisa with the in-depth understanding of the complexities of being an effective trainer as well as being an effective competitor in a large variety of venues.
Lisa’s training experiences with Copper led her seek out becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through CCPDT and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, in addition to maintaining her CNWI accreditation. Skills attained through these certifications allow her to address the nose work training needs of both companion dog/pet families, as well as competition teams including effectively addressing mental stimulation as well as behavioral concerns such as but not limited to environmental sensitivities in a variety of dogs.
As a trial host, Lisa has worked to bring nose work competitions to Central Illinois and has been a professional reference for many of the Instructors, Judges, and Advocates in the area, making the sport more accessible to local competitors.
Lisa is a firm believer in continuing education and regularly attends seminars, in person and online, with Nationally and Internationally respected experts in the field. Her experience in behavior modification and shaping skills, helps teams develop a strong relationship built upon trust and a clear communication of criteria. These skills allow her to make nose work accessible to pet families and competition teams equally, providing opportunities for home companions to enjoy mental exercise regardless of any behavioral challenges they may otherwise experience.